Vivid Color in Photoshop

by Guest Writer

Creating vivid colors in photographs using Photoshop Preface: This Photoshop Tutorial was submitted by 9Tuts some time ago and we had been saving it as a perfect COLOR technique for our April 'color' theme. Unfortunately, 9Tuts doesn't include any info we can cite in the credits.
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Vivid Color in Photoshop

In this tutorial you will learn how to enhance the color of an object, such as a hair, making it more vivid and surely lovely!

Before we get started, let's see the before and after photo to understand about what we are going to do:

Before & After:

Before and after the application of this vivid color technique

Step 1: Place the photo you want to retouch on your document or get the "before" photo above, then press Ctrl-J to duplicate the photo. This will help preserve the original photo.

Step 2: The original photo looks a bit dark so we should make it brighter first.
Go to Image > Adjustments > Curve and move the line up a bit

Image and Adjustments Curve to brighten

Our photo now looks brighter (below left)

at right, use the BURN tool to add contrast to her hair

Step 3: Next we should contrast her hair's color for better modification, so use the Burn Tool to "burn" it a bit (Above, right)

NEXT: We'll create an "Overlay" layer and give it a bright gradient color -- before applying two masking layers to heighten the color effect ...

... continues on the next page!

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