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06 December 2009 @ 06:30 pm
Tutorial 03: Enhance Your Colors  
This tutorial will learn you how you can enhance the coloring of your subject on your graphic without an explosion of colors.
Made in Adobe Photoshop CS4 involves hue/saturation, selective coloring and curves.
Featuring Robert Pattinson.


Step 01:
Crop your picture but do not sharpen your picture. If you do so, your picture won't get this 'washed out' thouch we want to archieve. Plus the curves layers we are going to apply will sharpen your picture a bit.

Step 02:
First, I want to add some color so I add a hue/saturation layer and I up the saturation to +26. This will enhance the colors of the picture enough to play around with. But, if your picture is very bland, you can up the saturation a little bit but not to much otherwise you will get a too bright picture and that is not what we want ;-)

Step 03:
Next I added a selective color layer to lower the brightness of some colors who are way too bright and to make Robert stand out more from the background.
I used the following settings:
Reds: +30 -7 +24 +13
Neutrals: 0 0 -16 -4
That's much better!

Step 04:
The picture is too dark to archieve the 'washed out' feeling we want to create, so I added a curves layer to make the picture lighter. I choosed to use curves instead of a screen layer because with curves you have much more control over the picture and it don't make the colors fade away, which a screen layer, in my opinion, does.
Anyways, here are my settings:
Input: 160
Output: 135

Step 05:
We are almost there! I wanted my picture to be a little bit darker and bring back some of the coloring. So I added another curves layer with the exact same reason I added the other curves layer: I like the control I have over adding the amount of darkness/lightness you have with curves. Plus it adds color, darkness, lightness or whatever to the right places.
My settings:
Input: 140
Output: 166

And that's it!

Tips: If your picture is to light or to dark, try playing around with the settings of the curves layer, it can make a huge difference! You can also add a screen or soft light layer but it won't give you the proper result because you don't have a lot of control over these layers.
It works the best on picture with a 'quiet' background, meaning that there aren't a lot other things/people surrounding your subject.

Remember: this tutorial is a guide, meaning that not every picture will come out right while using this tutorial. Play around with some of the settings to get the best outcome.

More examples with a simulair coloring

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mooonlighttt on December 6th, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
love<3. could i have it please? the psd. :D
Pure Lullaby: Christina Aguilera // SMFM videopurelullaby on December 6th, 2009 07:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks! You can download the psd here
OB_supporter: Christmas Robmayfrayn on December 6th, 2009 06:41 pm (UTC)
This tutorial is amazing, simple but very effective!!
Pure Lullaby: Robert Pattinson // Lolz!purelullaby on December 6th, 2009 07:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks and you are welcome :-)