Photo Effect: Creating The Gritty, Trendy, High-Contrast, and Desaturated Look


Here’s my shortest tutorial to date. It’s a quick video showing you the highly requested technique that gives photos a trendy, gritty, high-contrast, and desaturated look. You’ve probably seen a similar grungy effect in movie posters and advertisements.

The effect is quite simple, we’ll only use two adjustment layers, and one filter. One of those adjustment layers is the “Color Lookup” adjustment layer found in Photoshop CS6 or newer.

I will also show you an alternative way of creating this effect in case you are in Photoshop CS5 or older.

As always I’d love to hear your questions or comments, so leave them down below.

Also, feel free to share your results! Leave them in the comments section or on my Facebook page

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Bojan Živković

Thanks for sharing all this nice and easy to follow tips. You rock!

Bojan Živković

You deserve support and attention from Photoshop community, great work, keep going!

Steve

Looks like the Dragan effect

gerard

Fantastic. Life made easy!

Snipersghillie

Very nice, Jesús. Thanks for showing us this trick and especially the tip about how to get around using the LookUp Color filter for those of us with older versions of Photoshop. Good Luck against New Zealand. Looks like y’all will need it! 😉

Snipersghillie

sorry, Lookup color adjustment… not filter.