. Tools of the Trade Adjustment Layers are the key to making color changes in Photoshop. The creative use — and sometimes absence — of color often defines the artwork that we create. Separate yourself from the crowd by learning how to alter colors while preserving and recreating crucial details. Doing it with a sense of style and realism is the real challenge.
In this tutorial, we share some helpful tips to keep in mind during the photoshoot and the post-production process to ensure that you start an edit off on the right foot. Professional Results There are countless apps and programs that promise to instantly change any colors in an image. We not only show the tools to transform color, but also the techniques involved to ensure that the new colors interact realistically with their surroundings. Color Correction The key to great coloring is starting an edit with natural, accurate colors and skin tones. The Color Picker and Adobe Color Themes Photoshop has several tools available for exploring color variations. Try the Pen Tool for smooth, accurate curves. How about trees and leaves in the background of a portrait? Make Products Shine Does your client have multiple colors of the same product? Impress them by photographing one and creating the others with the magic of Photoshop.
The reality is that everything has color variation throughout highlights, midtones, and shadows. The Color Picker gives you access to all 16 million colors at the tip of your finger, with options to optimize for print or web. Color Toning Coloring an image can be one of the most creatively satisfying steps to the editing process. Learn to accurately target and replace the color portions of the product and then add and accentuate highlights that will help it look amazing. Color correct images to help skin tones appear more natural.
Separate Yourself Selecting and changing colors in Photoshop can be a relatively easy task. See Your Progress We provide 16 different examples organized by Simple, Intermediate, and Advanced skill levels so that you can confidently and gradually develop your Photoshop prowess. Learn to color highlights, midtones, and shadows independently for results both beautiful and realistic. We also cover several examples where we recover skin tones affected by color casts or unusual lighting situations. If you ever need to find complementary or analogous colors, we show you how to take advantage of Adobe Color Themes which can instantly generate an entire palette from a single color. With over 4 hours of step-by-step instruction, we cover the tools and methodology required to make any color change appear realistic and natural.
Manipulating colors in Photoshop can be as much a creative endeavor as it is a necessary professional skill. Give Select Color Range a shot. In this tutorial, we cover over a dozen different methods to color correct and color tone photos while combining our contemporary tools with the principles of color theory established hundreds of years ago. Stay Organized A marquee skill of any creative professional is the ability to work efficiently and stay organized. Need to color a camera or other small product? Start from the beginning to build a solid foundation or jump into the Intermediate or Advanced tutorials to test your mettle. Enhance and stylize your photos to help them jump off the screen.
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