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Photoshop for Photographers: Color Emphasis

via LinkedIn Learning


Make your photos pop with the selective use of color and Adobe Photoshop.

Make your photos pop with the selective use of color and Adobe Photoshop. In this short course, Chris Orwig takes you through a few methods to achieve amazing results with creative color. You'll learn to create color splash effects, hand paint color in both traditional and modern ways, colorize a grayscale image, target a color with masking and adjustment layers, and create vivid, vibrant color that makes your pictures come alive.


  • Welcome
  • Using the exercise files
1. Creating an Attention-Grabbing Color Effect
  • Isolating and changing the color of an umbrella
  • Removing and highlighting color in an outdoor scene
  • Creating color focus on eyes in a portrait
  • Using color to highlight multiple areas of a photo
  • Creating a path to desaturate an image selectively
  • Turning a selection into a mask to build a color effect
2. Hand Coloring Your Photographs
  • Desaturating the background
  • Hand coloring the dress
  • Painting in color to a specific area
  • Bringing back skin tones with advanced masking
  • Adding clouds to the background
  • Coloring the face
  • Adding color to the lips
  • Painting the eyes blue
  • Finishing color and blending adjustments
3. Creating a Colorful, Posterized Look
  • Posterizing the image
  • Adding color to specific areas
  • Coloring the face and shirt
  • Bringing back detail and texture
4. Colorizing the Entire Image
  • Creating a sepia-toned look with Color Balance
  • Colorizing an image with Hue and Saturation
  • Having fun with colorizing
  • Creating vivid colors
5. Changing Colors in Your Photographs
  • Changing color with Color Balance
  • Using advanced masking to finish the color effect
  • Reusing a mask to customize the color further
  • Changing the color of the background
  • Using the Hue/Saturation Targeted Adjustment tool
  • Applying advanced Hue/Saturation color changes
  • Making subtle color changes
  • Incrementally improving the color
  • Taking the final steps to creating unique color
6. Creating Vivid Color
  • Creating vibrant colors with adjustment layers
  • Improving color in a celebrity portrait
  • Enhancing the lips and color vibrance
  • Finishing the color adjustments
  • Copying and reusing colors adjustments to a new photo
  • Next steps

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Chris Orwig

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