Trendwatch: Changing Photo Tones

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Layout by Heddy, supplies: Cold Whisper kit by Deca Designs; Color Pops Vol. 1 template pack by Queen of Hearts; Bakery Bliss actions by Lilly Lane

One big trend I have noticed over the last several months is scrappers changing photo tones to match a mood, theme, or products in a layout.  I thought it might be fun to share some examples with you.  It might be something new and fun to try, if you haven’t.

Here’s what Heddy said about the photos in the layout above:

I changed the tone to make the photos bluer in order to complement the kit I was using. I was lucky in that Lilly Lane’s actions worked perfectly to achieve the tone I wanted! I usually test bunch of LR presets and/or actions (I have hundreds!) and generally one will work for me.

Here’s a look at the layout without the adjustments on the photos:

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Layout by Jenn, supplies: On The House template by Jenn Lindsey, Tuesday’s Morning Coffee collab by After Five Designers

Here’s what Jenn said about changing the tone of the photos in this layout:

I wanted the tone of the blended image to better match the abundant textures in the kit I was using, so I first made a copy of my original image, and then desaturated the bottom copy. The top copy I left in its original state and just lowered the opacity to 20% to give just a hint of color. You can see the original tone of the images in the pictures placed just off the edge of the page.

You can use actions or presets to change photo tones or you can play with adjusting the hue and saturation.  Here are some tutorials to get you changing tones on your own, without actions:

Tutorial on adjusting hue and saturation in photos
Drastically Change the Mood of Your Photos
How to Create a Split-Toned Image Using Photoshop
Easy Sepias
Better Black and Whites

Here are a few more layouts where the tones in the photos were changed:

image Layout by Nettio, linked to credits

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Layout by Som, supplies: One Little Bird

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Layout by Paislee Press CT member, supplies: Paislee Press

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Layout by Heather Hess, linked to original credits

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Layout by Heather Hess, linked to original credits

Changing the tones of a photo is pretty simple to do and can be super fun.  It can also create a very uniformed look in a layout as well as reinforce the mood.  Do you change the tones in your photos before you scrap them?  Link us up to your examples, we would love to see them!