How to turn your photo into the 300 movie-like effect using Photoshop

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Have you seen the 300 movie ? Do you like its fantastic effect ? If the answer is yes, this tutorial is for you. It will show you how to implement amazing things to your photos.


What you need to have: Adobe Photoshop
What you will learn: colour mood adjustments + depth of field effect + film effect
PS: ⌘ key for Mac users / CTRL key for Windows users

Colour mood adjustments

1. Adjust the Hue/Saturation: ⌘U/CTRL-U



2. Adjust the brightness and contrast: Menu > Image > Adjustments > Exposure…



Depth of field effect

3. Duplicate current active layer by dragging it to the ‘create a new layer’ button located at the bottom of Layer window.



4. Apply lens blur on the new layer on top: Menu > Filter > Blur > Lens Blur…
Adjust according to your own preference.



5. Click on the ‘add layer mask’ button at the bottom of Layer window. Then click and select the ‘Layer mask thumbnail’ (the white rectangle).


6. Select brush tool(b), set the master diameter to 400px. Then choose the focus point in the photo and click on it.




Film effect

7. Create a new layer by clicking the ‘create a new layer’ button located at the bottom of Layer window.


8. Fill the new layer with black colour: reset colour to default black & white (d), switch black colour to background (x), fill the layer (⌘-del/CTRL-backspace)

9. Set the opacity of the black layer to 70% by pressing ‘7′


10. Use erase tool(e), set the master diameter to 400px. Then start erase the center of the photo.



11. Flatten the image: Menu > Layer > Flatten Image and add noise: Menu > Filter > Noise > Add Noise…



Cinemascope (optional)

12. Add black bars on top and bottom of photo and it’s done!
Use Rectangular Marquee Tool(m) to select (drag) upper part of photo, hold the shift key and select the bottom part, fill with black colour (⌘-del/CTRL-backspace)


You can also add an extra step to twist the colour into this mood by using ‘Color Balance’(⌘B/CTRL-B). Drag the slider towards cyan and blue for Shadows, Midtones & Highlights.

Author: Kevin Yeoh

Copyright @ ebin 2007

  • Valentine ofili

    Hey, your tuts are the best ever.. keep this up..

    Thanks, i’m sure with this i’ll clich the ebsite deal, and sure you will get a percentage.

  • metroblue

    works like a charm! I want more!!!!!!!!!

  • Minty Ferret

    Absolutely beautiful! Interesting initial photograph as well. :)

  • daniel

    Nice tutor you have here man,..
    maybe you like to check another tutor on 300 effect;


  • Kiefer

    “Ctrl” is equivalent to “command” on a Mac.

  • mowgli

    very simple to do and stands out from the crowd……I like it….!!

  • PhotoshopTalent

    Another great tutorial :)
    Also added it to my photoshop tutorial directory and attached a photoshop contest to it:

  • Bijoy

    Dear Kevin,

    The tutorial appears to be very educative. I shall try it soon.


  • Michael

    Awesome!!! keep it up

  • christine yu

    for the last step, i will use add layer photo filter to adjust the tone as blue. i think it will looks more nature.

  • mahdzer

    good… but step 6 seems can’t be done.. so i just eraser.. not use brush

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  • Philippines Freelance Web

    very nice effectsssss it’s look more old type movie effects…. nice ……..

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  • anthony

    Very nice tutorial! It took me two tries to get it right. lol

    Thank you for sharing!

  • Fenrir7139

    Thanks, dude. I used this tutorial in a school project!

  • NilmaBostonRio

    Thanks for share this tutorial on film like effect on photos.

    By NilmaBostonRio

  • sanjay kumar sharma

    this tutorial made my dream of learning 300 like effects true.
    thanks a lot.

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