One of the most powerful tools to apply color effects inside photoshop is the Camera Raw Filter. You can use this amazing tool to apply a futuristic neon effect in photoshop.
In this guide, we are going to show you how to apply a cool cyberpunk neon effect. This is going to be an easy-to-follow tutorial so make sure you stick around to the very end. We are going to use camera raw and we are going to just drag few sliders to create this effect.
This is the photo that we are going to use for this tutorial. You can also follow along with your own photo if you like.
Step-1: First of all right click on the image layer and convert it into a smart object because we want to work non-destructively, with a smart object you can apply adjustments, distortions, filters, and transformations non-destructively, which means you can always come back and edit them.
Step-2: Open the filter menu from the top menu bar and click on Camera Raw Filter and it will appear.
Camera Raw was initially built as a photoshop plugin for Raw image processing. In 2013 with photoshop CC, adobe added Camera Raw as a filter, allowing you to use powerful editing tools and more file types like PNG, TIFF, JPEG, and more.
Step-3: Now we will adjust the lighting and color of the photo. Keep in mind that all these edits are subjective and that every photo will require different adjustments. Use our edits as a starting point and make the appropriate changes to your photos. but Most importantly try to remember what each slider does and how it works.
Then we can adjust highlights and shadows, drag the highlights slider to the left to bring in more details in the brighter areas, and the shadows slider to the right to bring in more details in the darker areas.
Step-4: next we will make the details of the image pop more Drag the texture slider to the right and add a little bit of clarity. Clarity adds contrast to edge pixels.
Step-5: Now we will work on the saturation of the image. There are two sliders Vibrance and saturation available. Both of these sliders control saturation but in a very different way. Firstly adjust the vibrance.
Vibrance is the smart way of adding saturation and protects already saturated pixels and skin tones. If you need an overall adjustment to your image, you can just click and drag on the saturation slider.
Step-6: Next, let’s adjust the colors of the image. We would like to add color to the shadow. To do so, you can go into the split toning tab. From here you can color to the highlight or to the shadow
In this case, we are going to add color into a shadow so drag the hue to the blues and teals and increase the saturation.
Now drag the balance slider to the left a little bit just to increase the range and make the few more items in the photo blue.
Step-7: Click on the HSL adjustment icon. There, you can control the hue, saturation, and Luminance of the colors you see.
Go to luminance and from there you can adjust the brightness of the colors. For this photo we want red to be a little bit brighter so drag the red slider to the right and brighten up the orange also which is her skin tone.
Next, go to the saturation and increase the saturation of orange, blue, yellow.
Step-8: Go to the Effects tab and increase the post-crop vignetting which will darken the edges of the image.
One thing you should note that once you do this edges will become dark, but we recommend in a portrait like this you want to also increase the highlights so that the bright areas pop out through the vignette.
Step-9: Now, we will apply some local adjustments to make the image pop a little more.
Scroll down and under effects select Inside.
Now, Select the radial filter from the top panel and drag it over her face. Click on the fly-out menu, reset the color correction and increase the exposure.
Step-10: Again, select the radial local adjustment that goes around her body. We want to increase the blurriness around her body and to do so click on the fly-out menu, reset the color correction settings and scroll down and under effect select outside.
Now scroll up to the sharpness slider and drag it to the left. When you do that you will notice that the edges of the image are blurrier.
When you are done with the above step, click on the OK and all the changes will be applied to the smart object.
From here you can continue using any other photoshop tool to enhance the image.