Learn how to add a quick and easy creamy photo treatment that can be used in many ways.
Have you ever found yourself stuck trying to use a monotone photo treatment but black and white is too void of color and sepia is too saturated? I have. I have often found that a creamy photo treatment can be just the ticket when I’m creating projects that have a certain color scheme.
Step One: Open a Photo
- Open a photo (File > Open) that you wish to use.
- Press the letter D to reset the Color Chips to the default of black over white.
Note: Now is a good time to do any edits such as brightening, adding contrast, or anything else before going to the next step.
Step Two: Add a Gradient Map
- Click on the Foreground Color Chip to open the Color Picker.
- In the dialog box, enter Hex # 1c1106. Click Ok.
- Click on the Background Color Chip to open the Color Picker.
- In the dialog box, enter Hex # f0ece3. Click Ok.
- In the Layers panel, click on the Create New Fill or Adjustment Layer icon and choose Gradient Map.
That’s it. You’re done!
Now for a visual comparison so you can see what the difference is between pure black and white and the creamy photo treatment:
And here’s another visual comparison of the creamy photo treatment versus sepia:
Step Three: Save the Photo
- Save the image (File > Save As) as a JPG file with a unique name.
- Close the original photo without saving.
I used my creamy photo to create a scrapbook page about our favorite time of year:
QT – Creamy Photo Treatment – Hello Fall
Page & Photo: Jenifer Juris
Tutorial: Creamy Photo Treatment by Jenifer Juris
Kit: Autumn Glow by Jady Day Studio
Fonts: Veteran Typewriter, Kenstein
I can’t wait to see how you use this creamy photo treatment in your next project!
PDF Manual will be added soon. Please return back.
Author: Jenifer Juris | Contact Us
All comments are moderated.
Please allow time for your comment to appear.
This technique really helped my photos match the kit I wanted to use.
This turned out great!! 🙂
You’re welcome! 🙂
Thank you so much for this lovely tutorial! This super technique surely imparts a creamy and also – kind of “dreamy” look to the photo – soft & fresh yet not too vintage-looking!
I would also like to know whether scrapbooking layouts using muted and/or pastel color scheme would generally go well with photos treated thus? Gracias! 🙂
I think so. It does depend on the overall tone of the colors. If the colors are very cool, you might want more of a black and white photo. I hope that helps. 🙂
Love this! It took me awhile, though. I made the mistake of choosing “Gradient” instead of “Gradient MAP.” Then I couldn’t figure out why the photo looked so dark!
It’s funny how I read the instructions multiple times and completely missed the word “Map.” Just thought I’d mention this in case someone else had the same problem and couldn’t get this tip to work. All I had to do was follow the directions…exactly…LOL! And then I got beautiful results!
I’m glad you got it figured out! 🙂 I’m also happy you enjoyed the tutorial! 🙂
Love the result. I haven’t ever used a gradient map before either. Thanks so much Jenifer. Nannaof8
You’re so welcome! 🙂
Wow! Talk about EASY-PEASY! …and with a wonderful soft result. Thank you!
You’re so welcome! 🙂
Thanks Jenifer. This was a nice creamy color and so easy to do. I also did as Nancy did and made an Action for it.
I’m so glad you enjoyed it! 🙂
I tried this and it seemed to work great; however, I have a question about the color Hex numbers etc. I wasn’t sure if you meant “zero” or the letter “O”. Could you please clarify this in the formula:
Hex # 1c1106
Hex # f0ece3
Thanks so much. I always appreciate your tutorials!!! Dawnette
In those hex codes, it’s a zero. 🙂 Thx!! I’m glad you liked it! 🙂
Julie L. aka MaggieMae
Thanks for a good tutorial, Jennifer! It’s really easy! I’d like to learn how to create an action for it!
Hi Julie! I’m so glad you liked the tutorial. 🙂 An action can only be created in Adobe Photoshop, not Photoshop Elements.
Very nice look. And quick and simple. Thank you.
You’re very welcome! 🙂
I’ve never used a gradient map before. I love it! Thank you for sharing!
I’m so glad you enjoyed it! It’s always fun to learn something new, isn’t it?! 🙂
Nancy aka physioscrapper
Thanks! Made a quick action of it so I can access it easily for the future and I don’t have to remember the numbers either that way! 🙂 Worked great!
That’s a great idea! So glad you enjoyed it! 🙂
Thanks. I just tried it on PSE15 and it works beautifully. Great tip!
Thanks! I’m so glad you enjoyed the tutorial! 🙂