This is a very simple method for getting great looking photos in seconds with photoshop using a blending mode called "overlay". Below you will see the before and after pictures. Alright, let's get started.
NOTE: If you already know your way around photoshop this is a simple method:
duplicate your image layer
set the new layer's blending mode to overlay
play around with the opacity.
Step 1: Open 'Er Up
The first thing to notice is the pull-down menus. There are many blend mode options (picture 3). We are going to use overlay. If you want a run down on all of the options check out:
Then we have two spaces to enter a value for opacity (0-100) and fill (0-100). Changing the opacity changes the amount we can see of the layers below.