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 dark, sharpened desaturated look. This 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 CS6 or newer.

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