Solarisation in Photoshop or Lightroom
With all the whizz bang thrills that software such as Photoshop has given us, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it’s Photoshop that’s driven photographers to be creative. But that’s not exactly true.
Of course Photoshop has helped unlock our creativity and in many cases it’s opened up whole new avenues of image making, but urge to make creative image predates Photoshop by a long way.
Solarisation is one such creative effect that was discovered and developed way back. It’s also one of the all time classic photography effects. It was made famous by photographers such as Man Ray who used the strange properties of a solarized print to great effect. A solarised print has the rather weird characteristic of being a part positive and part negative image. The resulting prints had a totally unique look that made them stand out from the crowd.
In this tutorial I’ll show you how to rediscover this effect and use Either Photoshop Camera RAW or Lightroom to recreate it.
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thank you very much for this tutorial of how to make a solarization effect in Lightroom.
have a nice day – Herr Ärmel
Thanks for that, I’ve seen the upside down V curve used before but never explained properly. Makes a lot of sense since it’s a half negative, half positive image.
Thank you! But it’s time to move to Process version 2012 (more accurate)
ACR 6.5 is good too
Good spot Serge. This tutorial was first published on 10th February 2012, but the technique is as relevant today as it was then I’d argue.