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Saturday, February 27, 2010

{ do you want your color to POP?? } Photography Tutorial and Action

i tend to use more muted colors in my images but, there is always the occasion that you want things to pop!  you can tell before you see the image.. it has these rich hues just hiding in the shadows.  this mini tutorial and action will help you to achieve "that" look... enjoy!

select an image you'd like to use.. like this one -- you can tell ahead of time her eyes will pop and those warm hues in her hair and the hardwood floor with shine....

{ before }


so, the basics on this action are as follows: 
  • curves layer to brighten
  • selective color - select blacks - move black channel to +2
  • duplicate layer, set to soft light, opacity at 45-50%
  • duplicate layer, set to hard light, opacity at 45-50%
  • duplicate layer, set to multiply.  before flattening, erase back center of photo & skin
without having to do that every time, i have created an action for you.  hit play, let it run through.. at the last step, it should select "eraser" for you and, make sure you erase away the multiply layer.  otherwise, you'll get a very dark, muddy image.  it'll look like this, before you erase:

{ screen shot in PS, before erasing multiply layer }


and, after erasing, the final image will look like this...

And, here is a PS action of all the above steps.... 

to download { Erin's Color Pop } click HERE 



  1. Thank you. I'm going to give it a try!

  2. THanks! I love having the tutorials:D

  3. Thank you! This blog post will be advertised on CraftCrave in the Tutorials category today (look for timestamp: [28 Feb 01:00pm GMT]).

  4. Thank You! I'm excited to give this a try!

  5. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Thanks for sharing your secrets with us!! :)

  7. thanks for sharing this, along with the how to!

  8. This is gorgeous, can't wait to try out this actn. Thanks!

  9. Wow, this is amazing! Can't wait to have the right picture to try it out! Thank you!

  10. I can get the action to run, but I'm not seeing that it selects "eraser" for me so that I can erase away the multiple layer. I have a dark, muddy layer. Any suggestions? I'm a little new to PS, so any pointers you can share for this action would be great!

  11. Kimberly - It should have 2 layers at the end (if your layers aren't open, just go to "Window" and "Show Layers"). Then, once the layers are showing, select the eraser.. i usually use a very large one, like 900 at a low opacity, like 30% or less.. like 14%. You can select the opacity next to the eraser size.. off to the right. This should work and, then when you are done, flatten the layers. Go to "Layers" and then "Flatten Image". Now, i'm using PS 6.0 so, your commands may be different but, i'm sure it'll be similar. Good Luck! And, you are welcome to everyone else, too!