Thursday, September 29, 2011

Thermal Effect

Learn how to convert your photos into Thermal Photo Effect.
Step 1: First open any image.

Step 2: First we apply Hue/Saturation, go to Image> Adjustments> Hue/Saturation or press Ctrl+U and apply these following setting:

Step 3: Duplicate the layer by pressing Ctrl+J and go to Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur and apply these settings:

Step 4: Set the layer blending mode to 'Overlay'.

Step 5: Merge the layers together by pressing Ctrl+E. Again duplicate the layer and go to Filter> Blur> Motion Blur and apply these following setting:

Step 6: Set the layer blending mode to 'Overlay' and merge the layer together.
After this your Image looks like this:

Step 7: Create a new layer and fill with white using Paint Bucket Tool.
Set this layer mode to 'Overlay' and do not merge.

Step 8: Press 'D' to reset your color palette. Set your foreground color to #000099 and background to white. Create a new layer and fill with this color (#000099).

Step 9: Go to Filter> Render> Clouds. Set the layer blending mode to 'Overlay' and Opacity on this layer to 57%.

Step 10: In this step create a new layer again and fill it with white. Set the layer blending mode on this layer to 'Difference'.

Step 11: In the Final step duplicate your background layer. Move this layer to 2nd from the top under white layer and set the layer blending mode to 'Darken'.

Here's is the Final Result!:


  1. did not work. tries 4 times with different pics

  2. easy step to make an amazing picture..

  3. This is an excellent tutorial Very easy to follow and a wonderful result. I had a go with my own face, made it a touch darker and added clouds of fire. What do you think?

  4. Anonymous of Oct 4, 2011 - have done this with MANY images, it works but you have to remember the small parts of the steps. Colorize when you set the hue/saturation, set the blending options correctly, Remember to merge down when you should - and don't when you should not. A short summary of this would be:
    1) open image, CTRL+U, settings 200,33,3 check colorize.
    2) CTRL+J, Filter, blur, gaussian blur set to 1.6, LAYER blending mode is Overlay.
    3) CTRL+E
    4) CTRL+J, Filter, blur, motion, set to 90°55px, Layer blending mode is Overlay. CTRL+E.
    5) New Layer, Fill with white, Layer blending mode is overlay.
    6) New Layer, Fill with #000099
    7) Filter, render, clouds. layer blending mode is overlay, layer opacity is 57%.
    8) new layer, fill with white, layer blending mode is Difference.
    9) duplicate the background layer, move it to the 2nd from the top, set the layer blending mode to Darken.

  5. Very good Photoshop effect, Great.

  6. Step by step tutorials are always more helpful and easy for understand . Like your useful tutorial .