A simple Photoshop trick to make colors pop
posted Monday, July 29, 2019 at 7:00 AM EDT
Colin Smith of PhotoshopCAFE has a neat trick to help you easily adjust specific colors in your photographs within Adobe Photoshop. The first step in making your colors pop is ironically to apply a black and white adjustment filter to your image. When using the black and white filter, you can adjust the underlying colors in your photo through the use of individual red, yellow, green, cyan, blue and magenta sliders. This black and white adjustment layer can be used to adjust the tones by changing the blending mode of the layer "luminosity."
By choosing the latter blending mode, the changes you made on that given adjustment layer will only affect the luminosity of the layer, not the color itself. For example, if you move the red slider in the black and white adjustment layer and set the blending mode to luminosity, any parts of the image which have red pixels will be adjusted only in terms of their overall luminance. The change can be subtle, but sometimes a little bit of adjustment goes a long way. To learn more about this neat technique, watch Colin Smith's full video below. To see more from PhotoshopCAFE, click here.