How to Make Colors Pop in Photoshop



Many times, while taking photographs it is quite difficult to capture the popping colors as we see from natural eyes. They tend to be quite neutral or not so complementing to background. That is why raw, unedited versions of a sunrise or sunset often seem flat, lifeless, and underwhelming when compared to what you see with the naked eye.


However, there are much simpler method (as long as the photo is not irreparably under- or over-exposed) – USING PHOTOSHOP.

Let us see how –

In this tutorial I am going to share 7 ways in Photoshop that will bring your photographs to life.

Remember, photo editing is a highly customizable process based on your own preferences, so this tutorial should serve as a launch pad for your creativity!

Also there is a video tutorial for the whole process at the end of this blog to scroll to read more.

THE BASICS

Open up Photoshop on your device. Import / Open your photograph in Photoshop.

Now,


METHOD 1 – INCREASING SATURATION FROM HUE/ SATURATION FILTER


From Layers menu, below is filter option. Click on Hue / Saturation Filter.

Increase the Saturation.


It’s the most common and layback method that one in all increase the saturation of your photo.


METHOD 2 – ADDING VIBRANCE FILTER


From Layers menu, select Vibrance Filter & Increase the vibrance.

You will see, saturation slider below it, if you increase that it might burn out your photograph.


However, vibrance slider preserves your skin & eyes pixels so, on increasing it gives a subtle effect on color popping.


Tip – After increasing the vibrance you might add saturation to it too.

PROCESS 3 –SELECTIVE COLOR POPPING FROM PHOTOGRAPH


For this, again from Layer panel select Hue/Saturation Filter.


Now click on this icon & select a colour from photograph like shirt and click n drag it to one side. You will notice it increase the particular pixel saturation from photograph.


PROCESS 4 – Adding Adobe Camera Raw Filter


First of all, Right click on the photograph layer and select “Convert to Smart Object”.

Now go to filter & add Camera Raw Filter from menu bar.


Here we have more control over increasing vibrance & saturation to color particular saturation, luminance & vibrance. Also clarity slider increases contrast on midtones.


You can go on and enhance with your photographs to your choice & requirement with it.

PROCESS 5 – PARTICULAR COLOR POPPING

With your photograph, select quick selection from toolbar and quickly select over your subject that you want to pop out.


Now select a particular colour from that selected area with Eyedropper tool (E).


Now make a new solid colour adjustment layer with that colour that you earlier picked. Then change the blending mode to soft light or overlay as per your requirement for that particular photo.


PROCESS 6 – UNDERSTANDING COMPLEMENTARY COLORS TO MAKE COLORS POP

Before we lead to photograph editing, here is some samples that what complementary colors look like.


So, for our photograph I am going to add colours according to their complementary sets. So to pop up our subject from background add a hue/saturation layer to picture.

Click on this icon, then hold ctrl / Command and click & drag your cursor to change the color of subject. & you will notice that the particular complementary color will pop more than any other colors.


You can also try the other way out to change the background in order of complementary from subject.

PROCESS 7 – DESATURATING OTHER COLORS IN PHTOGRAPH TO POP OUR SUBJECT


With the photograph, select Hue/Saturation layer from layer panel filter icon below.

Going to masters, desaturate the colors from the photograph.


Now, select the particular color like red, yellow, blue that you want to pop out from the image and increase the saturation of that particular color.


Tip – Also you can do the increasing saturation step in a new layer with hue/saturation filter. Now delete the layer mask & select the particular object in which you want to increase the saturation with lasso tool. Then, click on layer mask icon from layer panel to add that saturation effect only to your subject.

Just like that we together added lives to the photograph by popping up its colours in different ways.



I hope this tutorial has inspired you in your next Photoshop editing adventure!

Do you have any questions or comments about Understanding Colour Popping?

Just leave a comment below – I would LOVE to know that which method have you been not knowing yet & which method you’re going to use next to edit your awesome photograph?

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