By Colin Smith from

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a low-contrast colorizing technique that is simple and stunning.

We begin with this Photograph from Fotolia.










Reduce the contrast. Use Image>Adjust>levels and Push the midrange to the left by sliding the middle triangle.











Create color by clicking at the bottom of the Layers panel and choosing a gradient fill adjustment layer.

Choose the rainbow colored gradient.














Change the angle and size to suit you’re your tastes. Drag inside the document window to move the gradient.













In the layers panel, change to color blend mode
























And now you have the result. See how easy it is to make a photograph pop with a stunning effect. This is just one of the many techniques that I teach on our tour and on













A note from Colin:

This is just one of the many techniques that I am teaching out on the road this summer. During July and August this summer, PhotoshopCAFE is on the road around 15 US Cities on the Route CS6 tour. ( . I will be giving full-day Photoshop seminars that teach photographers, designers and video pros how to understand and use Photoshop to make their images/videos look much better.

About Colin Smith:

Colin Smith is one of the leading Photoshop experts in the world today, he has written 18 books, been featured in almost  every major imaging magazines and has consulted for Adobe, Apple, Nvidia, Disney and others. He is President of, one of the most popular free Photoshop resources in the world.