Spice up boring colours?

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by Andski, Aug 31, 2006.

  1. Andski

    Andski Guest

    Hi, I have a nice picture - but the colours themselfs are just plain "dull"
    is there a way to spice up the photo and bring more life into it?
    (Its a display image with white background)

    Thanks!
     
    Andski, Aug 31, 2006
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  2. Andski

    Aaron Guest

    Sounds like you need more saturation.

    Image -> Adjust -> Hue/Saturation

    --
    Aaron

    "Mankind are greater gainers by suffering each other to live as seems
    good to themselves, than by compelling each to live as seems good to the
    rest." -- John Stuart Mill
     
    Aaron, Aug 31, 2006
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  3. Andski

    Andski Guest

    Sounds like you need more saturation.
    Thanks - Already been around those variables - how excatly is it used/ how
    does it work?
     
    Andski, Aug 31, 2006
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    Mike Russell Guest

    Not having seen the image, I would suggest this: convert to Lab, and make
    the a and b channels steeper by moving the end points and keeping the center
    point in the same place. While you're at it, make the Lightness curve a
    little steeper in the middle or at one or both of the ends if you have
    important shadow and/or highlight detail.
     
    Mike Russell, Aug 31, 2006
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  5. Andski

    Andski Guest

    Not having seen the image, I would suggest this: convert to Lab, and make
    Thanks to the both of you! - just needs a little playing and then I think
    get where I want to be.
     
    Andski, Aug 31, 2006
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  6. Andski

    KatWoman Guest

    try the adjustment layer called selective color
    you can adjust each color to any shade you like, using the dropdown
     
    KatWoman, Sep 1, 2006
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  7. Andski

    Hebee Jeebes Guest

    One of my favorite ways to jazz up colors is to use Lab mode. Convert your
    image to Lab (this is lossless btw) and then go in to curves. Change the
    grid in the curves histogram to 10's, you do that by Alt clicking in the
    grid box.

    Load my curves setting file, which you can download from
    http://www.sonic.net/keesha/lab_color.acv

    You can then see what it does. It really makes the colors pop and it does so
    in a way that is very hard if not impossible to duplicate outside of Lab
    mode. After you apply it you can use the Edit > Fade command (must be done
    right after using Curves) and fade it back if it is too much. Then covert
    your image back to RGB.

    I got this technique out of the Lab Color Space book from PeachPit Press. I
    didn't much like the book in question, but I did get some useful tricks out
    of it at least. Myself I created an action that does the coversion to lab,
    apply the curves with the file above, fades (brings up the fade dialog box
    so you can set it the way you want) and then coverts back to RGB, so it is
    basically a simple process.

    This works best on organic items like rocks, trees, wood, things like that.
    It tends to bring out some really nice subtitle color variances.

    R
     
    Hebee Jeebes, Sep 1, 2006
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  8. Andski

    fotodewan Guest

    Thanks Hebee Jeebes, I loaded your curves file and tried it on a few
    photos just now (using fade command with it) and it works great.
    I am learning advanced tips and tricks of Photoshop and look around in
    photoshop google groups for new techniques.

    - Fotodewan
    photos.raniasplace.com
     
    fotodewan, Sep 1, 2006
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  9. Andski

    Hebee Jeebes Guest

    Glad it helped. At 100 percent it can be a bit too much, but the fade
    command tames it nicely. The only photos I have seen that can handle the
    100% amount is photos of rocks, canyons, and things that don't have a lot of
    other things in them like people, plants, etc. Then at 100% it works quite
    well. Everything else I usually have to dial it back to 25 or 50%.

    R
     
    Hebee Jeebes, Sep 1, 2006
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  10. Andski

    Harry Limey Guest

    Hi Heebee

    I use a Lab curves system almost identical to yours except I have an action
    which creates a duplicate layer to which the adjustment is made, I then fade
    the opacity of the layer until it looks right! and if it does I then flatten
    and sharpen.
    Never tried using the fade command! are there advantages to doing it that
    way?
    With the duplicate layer, you always have your original intact if things go
    wrong.
     
    Harry Limey, Sep 1, 2006
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  11. Andski

    Andski Guest

    One of my favorite ways to jazz up colors is to use Lab mode.

    I do not seem to have "Lab mode" where do you activate this feature?
    (using Jasc paintshop pro 8)
     
    Andski, Sep 1, 2006
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  12. Andski

    fotodewan Guest

    It is a Photoshop feature (I don't know if paintshop pro 8 has it or
    not)

    In Photoshop you can find it in:
    Images >> Mode >> and choose Lab Color

    - Fotodewan
    http://photos.ranisplace.com
     
    fotodewan, Sep 1, 2006
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  13. Andski

    Andski Guest

    Ok got photoshop started - complete newbi in this program (CS2).
    You mean clicking "pen-tool"?
    Where excatly do you see this?
     
    Andski, Sep 1, 2006
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  14. Andski

    Aaron Guest

    Lab mode is a color space. Convert your image by clicking the Image
    menu, then Mode, and then LAB Color.

    "Curves" is an editing tool, choose Image, then Adjust, and then Curves.

    --
    Aaron

    "Mankind are greater gainers by suffering each other to live as seems
    good to themselves, than by compelling each to live as seems good to the
    rest." -- John Stuart Mill
     
    Aaron, Sep 1, 2006
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  15. Andski

    Andski Guest

    Lab mode is a color space. Convert your image by clicking the Image
    Thanks - did not find it even after accessing help, using 15 mins reading -
    amazing :)
     
    Andski, Sep 1, 2006
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  16. Andski

    Harry Limey Guest

    Andski

    This is a group for users of Adobe Photoshop primarily! have you tried a
    paintshop newsgroup?
     
    Harry Limey, Sep 1, 2006
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  17. Andski

    Andski Guest

    Andski
    Did not see the photoshop ground - but no problem we have photoshop as well
    and the tips worked nicely.
     
    Andski, Sep 1, 2006
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  18. Andski

    Hebee Jeebes Guest

    No, you have the same options with fade as with a duplicate layer, namely
    opacity and blending mode. Though I suppose if you had a real problem spot
    you could use layer masks or the eraser to take out areas you didn't want.
    So, I guess a second layer would be a bit more flexible.

    Either way I guess.

    R
     
    Hebee Jeebes, Sep 1, 2006
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  19. Andski

    Hebee Jeebes Guest

    It was mentioned in the Lab mode book. I have not seen it documented any
    place. But, it does work.

    R
     
    Hebee Jeebes, Sep 1, 2006
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