Fall Fast Forward: Selective Colour Adjustment

Ever wanted to know how to get from this:

Fall Foliage © 2013 Jenn Lin Photography_4037_Green Version_1800px_WM

To this in photoshop?

Fall Foliage © 2013 Jenn Lin Photography_4037_Red_Green Grass_1800px_WM

Photoshop has an adjustment called “Selective Color.” To make the yellow leaves turn orange, I simply played around with the sliders in the “yellow” colors channel. This is what my screen looked like here, but you can experiment until you like the colors you see:

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Additionally, you may also want to add a “curves” adjustment so that the image is not so green overall. Select the green colour channel. Since green and magenta are opposite to each other, and pulling up will increase the greens, pulling down will decrease them and add a magenta shift.

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Now that you’ve effectively shifted the colours in your image, you may also want to mask out the grass so that it doesn’t lose it’s green colour and so that the scene still looks real. Since each adjustment automatically creates a mask layer, simply click on the mask and paint with black at 100% opacity over the grass for both adjustments.

The final image (after adding a tilt-shift blur):

Red Leaves in the Park - Fall Foliage Collection © 2013 Jenn Lin Photography_4037_Red_Green Grass_1800px_Blur2_final

And there you have it. Thanks for reading!

Until next time,


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