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How to make colors pop without using an action?

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3 years 5 months ago #4740 by Erin
I only have Photoshop Elements 10. No Actions. What is the best way to get your color to "pop." Right now I add a new adj. layer and either select overlay or hard light - anywhere from 10-20 percent. It works well enough, yet not the effect I'm looking for. Any tips? Playing with hue/saturation doesn't do much to make a "pop" either. Thanks for any tips!

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3 years 5 months ago #4746 by Bill
Hi erin,

Can you post a sample of where you at and what you'd like to get to? I have access to Elements at work, I can try a few things and see what I can come up with ;). Are you shooting in raw and using camera raw in elements?

-Bill

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3 years 5 months ago #4747 by Erin
Yes, I shoot in raw and edit in raw...will try to find a pic to post. Thanks.

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3 years 5 months ago - 3 years 4 months ago #4780 by Bill
Erin,
Finally had time to play around a little bit! Here's a example of what I did with PS Elements.

I started with Camera raw and did basic editing there. After that I went into PS and played around a little. Please feel free to ask away. I'm not the best at editing but I'll try to help the best I can :D.

original:


Rosebud by reburg_99 , on Flickr

edits in PS:


ps snip by reburg_99 , on Flickr

After editing:


RoseBud_Edit by reburg_99 , on Flickr

is there a way for us to post an attachment? I can attach the edited PSD.
Last Edit: 3 years 4 months ago by Bill.
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3 years 4 months ago #4791 by Erin
I love it! Thanks for sharing the before and after! I see your masks on the right side of the screen - that is something I'm still working on Great photos, thanks Bill!

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3 years 4 months ago #4802 by Bill
YW! Glad I can offer some assistance. The 'masks' are more of a selective burning and dodging technique. What you do is paint with back to darken and paint with white to lighten, then change the blending mode at the top. On the selected layer I used soft light to darken the background, it was to bright and distracting. I wanted to help drawn attention to the center of the rosebud. You'll also notice I added white to add some additional highlights to some of the edges for the same affect. You can scroll thought the different blending modes for some interesting effects. I also reduced the opacity to a level that looked acceptable to me.

-Bill

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3 years 2 months ago #5215 by jerry
Simply increase Vibrancy and/or Saturation. But if your doing sunsets, I find it better to actually underexpose your shot some, colors seem to be richer.

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