Make a selective color correction in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a selective color correction effect. First, we discolor the image, and then carefully restore the color of a separate image fragment to our discretion with the help of mask correction.

So let’s get started!

The final result:

Step 1

Open the original image with the girl in Photoshop.

Step 2

Now let’s discolor this image. There are many ways to achieve this effect, but I will choose a correction layer. Black and white (Black and White), because This will make the image perfectly discolored.

Create a new adjustment layer. Black and white (Black and White), for this we go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Black and White (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> BlackWhite).

Apply the settings shown in the screenshot below to make the image black and white with good contrast, and also reduce Opacity (opacity) adjustment layer up to 95%, so that the original shades are slightly visible.

Step 3

In the layers palette (F7) you can see the layer mask attached to the adjustment layer. Black-white (BlackWhite).

On the layer mask, black hides, and white color restores the image – we are going to use a layer mask to show only the red color of the girl’s dress. To do this, we use different black brushes on the layer mask of the adjustment layer. Black and white (BlackWhite) – painting the black brush, we will hide the bleaching effect, thus restoring the original color shades.

Step 4

Let’s make a mask correction. Select the standard soft round brush (B), set the brush color to black, the size of the brush is 100 px and opacity (opacity) brushes 100%. Click on the layer mask of the adjustment layer. Black and white (BlackWhite) so that it becomes active. Now start painting over the dress image with ordinary brush strokes – do not worry if you paint over the edges of the dress image with a brush, we will correct it in the next step. The result should be as in the screenshot below.

Step 5

Now let’s make a more accurate mask correction. Reduce the brush size to 5 px, and then change the brush color to white. Zoom in on the outline of the dress, where there are fragments of staining with a black brush outside the image of the girl’s dress, and then carefully paint over the edges of the dress, but don’t be afraid to paint inside the dress.

Step 6

Continue to make corrections in areas where the original tones are visible outside the contour of the girl’s dress, use a small brush, and the white color of the brush to hide the extra original tones. This correction process is very time consuming and takes a long time, so do not rush to get an excellent result.

In areas where the hair falls on the dress, you can reduce the opacity of the brush up to 50%, and then brush the hair several times to perfectly match the dress, then again, increase the opacity of the brush to paint the areas where there are clear boundaries between the dress and other parts of the image. It took me 20 minutes to make this correction – you can see my result in the screenshot below.

Step 7

Now that you have completed the hard work with the correction of the mask of the red dress, let’s make the standard correction. Let’s increase the contrast a bit. Create a new adjustment layer. Curves (Curves), for this we go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Curves (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Curves). Set the curve as shown in the screenshot below to enhance the contrast and brightness.

Step 8

The color of the dress is a little closer to the crimson color, and I really want it to be red.

Create a new adjustment layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation), for this we go Layer-New Adjustment Layer – Hue / Saturation (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Hue / Saturation). Set the value Color tone (Hue) to 42 so that the color of the color tone is close to red and also increase Saturation (saturation) to 20.

As you can see, we do not need any additional correction, because we have only one color in the image that can be changed using the adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) – red color of the dress. There are also other very very gentle tones on the image (remember, we have reduced the opacity of the adjustment layer Black and White (BlackWhite) up to 95% so that the original tones are slightly visible), but this correction of this step does not affect them very much.

Step 9

Let’s add a vignette effect to our scene. Create a new layer, fill this layer with white color (Shift + F5).

Next, go Filter – Distortion Correction (Filter> Lens Correction). Click on the tab Customized (Custom). Apply the settings shown in the screenshot below, and then click the ‘OK’ button.

Step 10

Change the blending mode for the vignette layer to Multiplication (Multiply) – this blending mode will hide all white tones, retaining only black tones at the edges of the image. In my opinion, the vignette effect is subtle, so I decided to duplicate the vignette layer (Ctrl + J) to enhance the vignette effect.

Step 11

Now let’s add a softening effect to our image. Create a merged layer from all visible layers (Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E) and then apply to the merged layer created, apply a filter Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur), for this we go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Set the blur radius to 50 px. Change the blending mode for the blur layer to Soft light (Soft Light), and also reduce the value Fillings (Fill) up to 35%. You will see that individual tones have become slightly visible, and the contrast has increased a little.

Step 12

Next, let’s add some sharpness to the image. Create a merged layer from all visible layers (Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E) and then on the merged layer created, apply a filter Contour sharpness (Unsharp Mask), for this we go Filter – Sharpness – Contour sharpness (Filter> Sharpen> Unsharp Mask). Apply the following settings for this filter, which are shown in the screenshot below.

Almost any image or scene benefits from a sharp effect, the secret is simple – the main thing is not to overdo it, because unpleasant pixel details will be visible.

Step 13

As a final step, let’s enhance the brightness of already existing light areas to make the image expressive.

Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + Alt + N), change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay). Choose a standard soft round brush with an opacity of 10%; the brush color is white. Paint over the bright areas of the girl’s legs, arms and dress.

And we have completed the lesson! Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Good luck, do not hesitate to lay out their work! See you again!

The final result:

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