Vivid Color in Photoshop

by Guest Writer

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Step 4: Create a new layer and change its blending mode to Overlay.

This mode will apply its colors to the below layers so we can change her hair's colors, make it vivid. (Below left)

Use the Gradient Tool  with gradient color

Step 5: Use the Gradient Tool with gradient color from dark yellow to light yellow as seen at above, right.

You should reduce the Opacity of this effect a bit to make sure it doesn't look too bright, then draw a straight line from top-left to bottom-right of this photo and you will get:

reduce opacity, then apply the gradient, full screen

Step 6: Add a layer mask to this layer and use the Brush tool to remove yellow light from the background (curtain) and her skin. (Below left)

duplicate this layer to get a more vivid hair

Step 7: Press Ctrl-J to duplicate this layer to get a more vivid hair. (Above, right)

Step 8: Once again use the Brush tool on the layer masks to erase unwanted yellow areas, focus on the edges of her hair

Step 9: Create a new layer and fill it (Edit > Fill) with 50% gray (below, left) and change the blending mode of this layer to Overlay. The Overlay mode lets gray light go through so we can see the underlying layers. By using the Burn Tool on this new layer we can "burn" the gray to a darker color and you can see the effect on the photo.

Make fill layer 50% gray and apply Gaussian Blur

enhancing color to create vivid results Use the Burn Tool with a soft brush to paint some areas on her hair to make it look more real

Step 10: Finally we should blur this layer a bit to stretch "burn" effect to make it look soft and natural by going to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur (Above, center)

If you feel her hair too bright then you can reduce the opacity of the two underlying layers (Above, right)

Well, it's all! Let's have a look at the result again ... the finished picture is shown here, at the right.

In conclusion, we can use Overlay mode to enhance the color of an object and use a 50% gray layer with Overlay mode to enhance subtle details and make it more real.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial!



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