Step 8: Desaturate
Weâ€™re nearly done now, but to complete the effect I like to desaturate the image slightly. First though we need to flatten the layers down into a single image. Click on the Layers menu, and at the bottom of the list youâ€™ll see the option Flatten Image. Click on this.
To reduce the colour saturation, click on the Enhance menu, roll down to Adjust Colour, and select Adjust Hue/Saturation.
This brings up a control window with three sliders, for Hue, Saturation and Lightness. Leave the other two where they are, but slide the Saturation control to the left. If youâ€™ve got the preview box checked you can see the effects as you make the adjustment, but be careful not to overdo it. A setting of -25 should be sufficient.
And there we have it. Save your edited image under a new file name so you donâ€™t overwrite your original, and watch out for Captain Kirk, heâ€™ll be beaming down any minute.