In this tutorial I add some drama and interest by changing the colours in the sky and reflections to mimic shooting a sunrise or sunset in the opposite direction to the sun. I use three different methods to achieve a similar result. The result is a little surreal, but that’s what I was after with this edit.
One of the best ways to create mood and drama in our images is to work with colour. This doesn’t mean increasing the vibrance or saturation of colours, but modifying colours so that they are more natural or pushing the process to create something that may not be as real. This tutorial modifies the highlights in an image using three different methods: The RGB channels in a Curves Adjustments Layer, a Selective Colour Adjustment Layer and a Hue & Saturation Adjustment layer.
Often when editing images we want to fix or enhance colours and our usual first port of call is to use Saturation or Vibrance to achieve this. Although these tools have their place, quite often what we actually need to do is modify the colour rather then increase the Vibrance or Saturation.
In this tutorial I use a Lights Luminosity Mask to target only the areas that I want the adjustments to happen, then using the three adjustment layers I modify the colours to achieve a similar result with each. It’s important to have multiple ways of doing the same things in Photoshop, as often one will yield better results then the others.
I use only 3 methods of adjusting colour in this tutorial, note there are other ways we can also adjust colour, but these will often yield the results I am after and are the methods I would use greater then 90% of the time.
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