What is your favourite trick?

Started Aug 19, 2004 | Discussions thread
mandrake Regular Member • Posts: 285
Re: What is your favourite trick?

French connection wrote:

Hello all!
What is your favourite ttrick to enhance pics in one or two (max
3steps) in PS?

My favorite trick is to saturate colors in a way I particularly like. I use it mostly with outdoor photos, though that's mainly because I primarily take outdoor photos. It generally brings out deeper blues in the sky and warmer tones in things that need them.

Take your image and make a duplicate layer of it. Use the 'Apply Image' tool in PhotoShop CS (Image-> Apply Image... -- you can also probably use Calculations or just do it manually with layers if you know what you're doing, but it's easy with Apply Image). What you want to do is blend in an inverted blue channel in hard mix mode.

In the Apply Image Dialog, choose Channel: Blue, click Invert, Blending: Hard Mix. At 100% opacity this will show you the colors you will be superimposing on your photo. Now bring the opacity down to 15-25% to see the effect. Sometimes the green channel is a better choice than blue.

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