In this tutorial, you will learn how to add bright colors to an image in a few simple steps.
Open the stock image with lime.
First cut the image of lime. For this, using the tool Lasso (lasso tool) or tool Pen (pen tool), create a selection around the lime image, and then copy the selection to a new layer.
Next, create a new layer below the lime layer. Name this layer ‘background’. On the back layer, apply Radial gradient (radial gradient), gradient colors from # 292C2F to # 0F1010. This is the first step towards creating color saturation by placing an element of your photo on a dark background, which will give even more contrast to your photo and make the bright colors of your photo even more expressive.
Next, create another new layer below the lime layer, but above the layer with the background. Name this layer ‘light highlights in the background’. Apply Radial gradient (radial gradient), the colors of the gradient from white to transparent, behind each image of lime. Next, reduce the opacity of this layer with highlights up to 40%.
To layer with highlights, add layer styles Color overlay (color overlay), color: # 83BFDE.
Create a new layer, name this layer ‘background shadows’. Apply Radial gradient (radial gradient), gradient colors from black to transparent. Draw shadows under each lime, as well as between two limes.
Duplicate the lime layer, change the blending mode to duplicate the layer to Hard light (hard light). Reduce the opacity of the duplicate layer to 50%. Next, duplicate the blend layer. Hard light (hard light) and then change the blending mode to duplicate the layer to Soft light (soft light), keeping the layer opacity at 50%. Next, merge both duplicates with the original lime layer.
Next we go Image – Correction – Hue / Saturation (image> adjustments> hue / saturation). Apply the following settings, which are shown in the screenshot below:
Next we go Filter – Sharpness – Sharpness (filter> sharpen> sharpen) to emphasize the details on lime.
Next we go Image – Correction – Color Balance (image> adjustments> color balance). Apply the settings that are shown in the screenshots below to reduce shades of green, as well as add a yellowish tint to emphasize the gray background.
Create a new layer on top of all other layers. Name this layer ‘shade’. Choose a large soft brush mode: Darkening basics (color burn), Rigidity (hardness): 0%, Opacity (opacity) 10%. Paint over dark green areas of the lime to highlight the shadows. I reduced the opacity of the layer with dimming to 50% so that the effect was slightly gentle.
Create a new layer, name this layer ‘darken orange shade’. Next, we darken the edges of the yellow lime flesh to give them a rich orange tint. Change the brush color to an orange tint (FF6C00) and, using a soft brush of medium size, paint over the edges of the yellow lime pulp. Then, reduce the size of the brush, this time paint it even closer to the edge of the yellow flesh, adding a richer shade to this area.
Finally, change the blending mode for this layer to Darkening basics (color burn). This blending mode helps to highlight an orange tint, and also hides the overlay of an orange tint with a dark background.
Create a new layer on top of all other layers. Name this layer ‘white light highlights’. Using a white brush, paint over the yellow area. Next, reduce the size of the brush, brush a small diameter, several times walk on the white lines of the membranes of lime pulp. Next, increase the size of the brush and with the help of this brush, go through the light areas of the green lime peel. If you accidentally paint over a brush over a background area, then use the tool Magic wand (magic wand tool), select the outer image area of the lime, then go back to the layer with light highlights and, without removing the active selection, press (delete).
In conclusion, I reduced the opacity of this layer to 40% so that the light highlights look more gentle and realistic.
And we have completed the lesson.
The result is in the screenshot below! A very simple lesson in which I showed you how to create a rich picture. If you compare the images before and after the correction, you can see how with this simple technique you can make real changes to the image.