Hi guys! It’s been a while!
In our first tutorial, I will use a sample image to show you how I adjust the color, brightness and contrast via Photoshop using Selective Color and the Curve Tool. By using these tools, we want to emulate the color profile of film as we play around with the “Selective Color” function. You’ll see that the shadows will have a hint of green and the highlights will have some yellow. I personally love the look of Kodak films.
Step one: open image
Open your image, and double click the background layer to make its own layer.
Step two: add “pop” of color
From the top tab, click on Image, Adjustments, and then Selective Color
Step three: see the values below to render your image in Selective Color
We’ll be touching up the yellows, the greens, the blues, and the blacks. See the values below:
- Yellow: magenta +75, yellow +25
- Greens: yellow +50, black +100,
- Blues: black +25,
- Blacks: black +10
Step four: brighten up the image
The fourth step consists of lightening the image a bit. You could use the Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer, but I prefer to use the Curves tool instead. Curves will bring out the brightness, contrast, highlights and shadows with just a few clicks.
To access the Curves tool, click on the Image tab on the top, then Adjustments and Curves.
Just click on the center point of the curve, then click the second center point of the curve. Drag it around until you are satisfied with the brightness/contrast. I’ve dragged it until my input value reads 123, and my output value reaches 160.
Step five: save
Now it’s time to save your work! You can either save as a photoshop file OR save as a JPG with the highest quality.