If you’re shooting with soft lighting and a colorful backdrop, it’s all too common to find a bit of color affecting the subject—green backgrounds make them look sickly, orange makes them glow, stuff like that. In this tutorial, Michael Woloszynowicz shows off a handy little tip that avoids Photoshop‘s messy trial-and-error color balance correction:
As he points out, the original image is simply too orange. The subject looks like she just came from a tanning salon:
In this tutorial, we are going to explore three different ways to colorize black and white photographs. We are going to learn how to work with the Color Replacement Tool, the Color Blend Mode, and Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer. Let’s get started!
Give a photo the look of a hand coloring in Lightroom
Before there were color photos there were black and white photos, colored by hand using paints or dyes. Today, courtesy of any good photo-editing program, you can apply your own hand coloring effect to your photos.
Here’s how to apply the look of hand coloring in Lightroom.
Color is one of the most obvious elements of composition. Everyone knows that intense colors make people take notice of your images. Ever wonder why there are so many sunset and flower shots? Color is the reason.
“Serenity” captured by Johnson Zhang (Click Image to See More From Johnson Zhang)
Color has a couple of functions in photographs. First, color grabs the attention of the viewer. Perhaps, because this function of color is so palpable, many photographers miss the more sophisticated, and in some cases far more powerful, function of color: color sets the mood of an image. Since color is such an important compositional ingredient, the experienced photographer will want to use color to its fullest extend — incorporating both functions of color into images.
Grabbing the Viewer’s Attention
Utilizing color to grab attention is often rather straight forward. Generally, what is required is a saturated or intense color. This type of color tends to grab the viewer’s attention and focus it on the area of color. Furthermore, the color tends to keep the viewer’s attention for an extended period of time. When the viewer’s eyes do wander, the color tends to bring the attention back.
There are a couple of primary ways to use color to grab a viewer’s attention. The first way is to use very saturated, bold colors. An example of this approach would be a dramatic sunset. The second way of using color to grab a viewer’s attention is to use a mix of contrasting colors. An example of this approach would be an image of fall colors where there is a combination of red, orange, and yellow leaves.
In this tutorial, we are going to have a look at the Color Balance and Selective Color adjustment layers in Photoshop. They work by balancing the percentage of primary and secondary colors in your images and can be used to fine-tune your colors. Although Color Balance and Selective Color are not used as often as the Hue/Saturation adjustment, for instance, they are still very useful once you know how and when to use them. Let’s get started!
Color Splash in Photoshop: In this tutorial you will learn how to create a Color Splash Effect in Photoshop. We are using Quick Selection Tool to get the result. This technique also works in previous versions of Photoshop.
The White Balance setting you choose will change the colour balance in your pictures, making it warmer or cooler depending on how the sort of light you’re shooting in affects things.
Using Auto White Balance is the simple option, but your camera’s White Balance presets give you more control over colour.
In this tutorial we’ll explain exactly how these work and how to fine-tune your white balance settings to ensure the most accurate colours possible.
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The colour of the light will affect the colours in your photographs. You probably won’t notice this with the naked eye because our minds adapt very quickly to perceive the colour of the light as neutral, even when it’s not.