Color correction on photos – Part I

From the author: People often ask me how I do color correction on photos, and today I will show my methods.

In this lesson, my first collection of color correction, which shows the various options. The correction methods are very simple, but I hope that they will be interesting and useful for you.

1. Romantic purple-blue effect:

Original photo.

Create a new adjustment layer. Selective color correction (Selective color). Go through the specified colors and set such settings as in the screenshots.

We get the result.

Now create an adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) with these settings. Here we will change these colors: cyan, blue and magenta.

Here is the result.

Create a new adjustment layer again. Selective color correction (Selective color) and use the settings.


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It turns out like this.

Create a new blank layer, and fill it with a radial gradient from black to white.

Set the blending mode for this layer to Soft light (Soft Light), Opacity (Opacity) leave 100% and soft Eraser (Eraser) erase the background around the model.

Now fix the color and light on the legs of the model. Create a new layer, overlay mode for it set Color tone (Hue) leave Opacity (Opacity) 100%, and using a soft brush with color fab4f6 Draw on areas that need to be fixed.

As you can see, there is still a dark streak on the thigh. Fix it. Create a new layer again, set the blending mode for the layer to Soft light (Soft Light) 100%, and also using a soft brush with color fab4f6, correct this area.

Now we will decorate our work a little. Create a new layer, activate the tool. Brush (Brush) white, 4 pixels., Stiffness (Hardness) 50% and draw points. To give them a glow, use the layer style. External glow (Outer Glow) with these settings:

The final result of such a correction.

2. Beautiful light red effect.

Source code

Open the image in Photoshop and create a new adjustment layer. Levels (Levels). We will use it to add brightness.

Create two adjustment layers Channel Mixing (Channel mixer). The settings are shown below in the screenshots.

Now create two adjustment layers. Selective color correction (Selective color).

Settings for the first layer:
Red– Reds: -60, 28.85, -13
Yellow-Yellows: -100, 50, -51, -41
Whites-Whites: 100, 0.0, -25
Neutral-Neutrals: 6, 0, 0, 0

For the second layer, change the setting – Whites – Whites: 15, 0, 0, 0
It turns out like this.

Create a new adjustment layer. Photo filter (Photo filter).

Then create a new adjustment layer. Curves (Сurves).

And create the adjustment layer again. Selective color correction (Selective color).
Red-Reds: -8, 8, 21, 0
Yellow-Yellows: 22, -27, 23, -100
Whites-Whites: 7, -15, 0, -4
Neutral-Neutrals: 40, 0, -2, 0
Here is the result after the applied action.

Create a new adjustment layer. Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / contrast) with these settings.

The final result.

3. Beautiful blue effect.

Original photo.

This time we use CMYK color mode to correct the image.

Note translator: Color mode can be changed in the menu. Image – Mode – CMYK (Image – Mode – CMYK).

Duplicate the original photo and change the color mode to CMYK. Now go to the menu Image – Correction – Channel Mixing (Image-Adjustment-Channel mixer) and adjust the yellow color.

Now change the color mode again, this time back to Rgb.

Now create two adjustment layers. Selective color correction (Selective color).

Settings for the first layer:
Red-Reds: -21,0,0,0
Blue– 100.53, -20.13
Blue– 13, -8,20,0
Purple-Magentas: -50,13,100,0
Whites-Whites: -5,0,67,0
Neutral-Neutrals: 14, -10,0,0
Black-Blacks: 0.0.0.15

Settings for the second layer:
Blue-Cyans: 100.0,100.0
Neutral-Neutrals: -30,0,20,0
Black-Blacks: 0,10,100,100
That’s what we do.

If your image has a high contrast, you do not need to adjust the black color, and you can skip the next step.
Create a new adjustment layer. Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / contrast) with these settings. -2 / 8.
We get this result.

By activating the mask of adjustment layers, you can correct the effect of the correction on the hair.
To improve the skin color of the model, create a correction layer. Channel Mixing (Channel mixer) and set the following settings:

Red-Red: 102,0,5,0
Green-Green: 2,95,5,0
Blue-Blue: 0, -5.110, -5

Create a new layer, set the blending mode for this layer to Soft light (Soft Light) and reduce Opacity (Opacity) of this layer up to 50%. Now take a soft white brush and process the dark area on the forehead on the left. Then create a new layer, set the blending mode for it. Chromaticity (Color) reduce Opacity (Opacity) up to 30%. Now choose soft Brush (Brush) with color fdceec and draw bluish areas on your left shoulder.

The final result.

From the translator: Experiment with the settings of the adjustment layers, and I wish you success in such an interesting lesson as Color Correction.

Author: Jenny

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