How to get a polarizing filter style in our photos with Photoshop

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We reached a beautiful landscape, only to realize that we had forgotten to put a polarizing filter in the device housing. Fortunately, with digital photography, we can simulate a polarizer style by using only two layers in Photoshop.

In a simple scheme, a polarizing filter serves to minimize the direction and angle of the light entering the target. This polarization produces two notable effects in the image: the color is more saturated because less light interference occurs. and the decrease of the reflected light produces a higher contrast image. In landscape photography, the clearest example is the deep blue sky.

So we can get these properties just by using two layers in Photoshop .

At the laboratory

We will use the image below as an example.

How to get a polarizing filter style in our photos with Photoshop
The first thing we want from the picture is to get the contrast that the polarizer would help us with. For this purpose, we create an adjustment layer with ‘black and white’. We will put this layer in luminosity layer fusion mode.

 

How to get a polarizing filter style in our photos with Photoshop

With the adjusting levers we create the desired contrast balance for our scene. In that case, I took the sky very deep and tried to raise the ground.

After achieving the desired contrast, it’s time to get more saturation in the image.

We could create a hue / saturation or intensity layer to search for an optimal saturation level. However, on his YouTube channel, Unmeshi Dinda introduces a system that naturally saturates color saturation and uses a layer of “selective correction”.

How to get a polarizing filter style in our photos with Photoshop

After creating this adjustment layer, we will set color by color of the image and increase the intensity by 100%. Since the tool’s adjustment levers display only the three complementary elements, we reduce the cyan by 100% to improve the red. Then we take + 100% CMY and -100% the opposites of RGB. To adjust the final saturation of the image, we use the layer opacity.

Below is the final result.

How to get a polarizing filter style in our photos with Photoshop

This good system is very useful to give more color and power to our landscapes . With different hours and color temperatures you can always play to move the levers of the adjustment layer of ‘Black and white’. Different images react differently.

How to get a polarizing filter style in our photos with Photoshop How to get a polarizing filter style in our photos with Photoshop

 

 

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