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Inverted Colors Photo Effect

We are going to look at how to invert the colors in an image to create interesting photo effects.

Step 1: Open an image.

Step 2: Duplicate your background layer by pressing Ctrl+J.
Now Invert the background copy layer. Go to Image> Adjustments> Invert or press Ctrl+I.
This inverts all of the colors on the layer, making each color its exact opposite color, replacing the greens and browns with magentas and blues.


Step 3: Change the blend mode of the Inverted Layer to 'Color'.
inverting the image not only inverts the colors, it also inverts the luminosity (lightness) values, making light areas dark and dark areas light. All I want to do is change the colors while leaving the brightness values alone, so to do that, with the inverted layer still selected, I will go up to the Blend Mode options at the top of the Layers palette and change the blend mode from 'Normal' to Color:



The Color blend mode restores the original brightness values in the image, leaving only the colors inverted:

Step 4: Duplicate the Background Copy layer.
Set the new duplicated layer blending mode to 'Overlay'.


Step 5: And at last, select the Background copy 2 layer.
Go to Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur and Radius value of around 10 pixels seems to work well.
You may want to use a higher setting for higher resolution images:

Final result!


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