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Yet another variation of the matte style. As always, midtone contrast first, followed by the Levels layer to kill the blacks. In this case, there is also a vignette layer in between.

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Overlay blend mode is the key here, as you'll see.

The warming filter I added afterwards (but put it under the Hue/Sat layers) because the rock and the skin looked incongruous.

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A play with the "Dragan effect". The first three layers are duplicates of the Background layer, with High Pass filter run at various radii. The radii you choose will depend on your photo, so some experimentation is necessary.

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Damien, I've tried to figure out how to re-create the fake beams of light but all I can do is drag that layer to my photo. :P Care to enlighten me?

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6 hours ago, Josie Stahl said:

Damien, I've tried to figure out how to re-create the fake beams of light but all I can do is drag that layer to my photo. :P Care to enlighten me?

It's a gradient layer.  Go to this page and search "gradient layer" and you'll get plenty of resources.

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