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Toning down colors


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Quick Fixes with Photoshop Elements 10

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Video: Toning down colors

Most photographers appreciate nice vibrant colors in their images. Especially when the subject was relatively saturated, you really want those colors to show through. But sometimes, the problem with color is too much saturation. This is most common when you're photographing a highly saturated subject under relatively bright lighting conditions, as was the case with these berries that I've photographed at a Farmer's Market. The colors are so vibrant that in some areas, especially down toward the bottom left, it appears that detail has actually been lost in the image. To correct this, all I need to do is tone down the Saturation. I'll go ahead and choose Enhance, and then Adjust Color, followed by Adjust Hue Saturation, and that will bring up the Hue Saturation dialog. I can adjust the overall colors in the image, in this case just reducing saturation a little bit.

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Quick Fixes with Photoshop Elements 10
1h 57m Beginner Jan 17, 2012

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Life moves fast, and you can't just press "pause" to get the exact photo you want. Nor is it easy to find a lot of time to fix images after the fact. In this workshop author and expert Tim Grey shows you how to use Adobe Photoshop Elements to make a big impact on your digital photographs in a short time. After getting a quick overview of the Elements interface, learn how to fix problems with lighting, color, noise, and red eye. If you like, you can then move on to explore more advanced techniques like removing unwanted objects from an image, replacing the background, reducing depth of field, and more. This course teaches all the skills you need to create images with staying power.

Topics include:
  • Importing images
  • Basic quick fixes in the Organizer
  • Opening images in the Editor
  • Lighting improvements
  • Color improvements
  • Removing distractions
  • Applying a soft focus effect
  • Replacing the sky
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Toning down colors

Most photographers appreciate nice vibrant colors in their images. Especially when the subject was relatively saturated, you really want those colors to show through. But sometimes, the problem with color is too much saturation. This is most common when you're photographing a highly saturated subject under relatively bright lighting conditions, as was the case with these berries that I've photographed at a Farmer's Market. The colors are so vibrant that in some areas, especially down toward the bottom left, it appears that detail has actually been lost in the image. To correct this, all I need to do is tone down the Saturation. I'll go ahead and choose Enhance, and then Adjust Color, followed by Adjust Hue Saturation, and that will bring up the Hue Saturation dialog. I can adjust the overall colors in the image, in this case just reducing saturation a little bit.

And it doesn't take much of an adjustment to really improve the appearance of the berries. Notice that things don't look quite so outrageous, we've got a lot more detail visible and the berries look more natural. So even though they are relatively saturated, I don't want to have them oversaturated. If I'm concerned about having too much of an effect on the other colors within the image, I can also target that adjustment. I'll go ahead and reset my Saturation value to 0, and then I'm going to switch to the reds from the pop-up in the Hue Saturation dialog. I'll start by reducing Saturation completely, just to make sure that I'm affecting the correct range of colors in the image. If not, I can fine tune the result by adjusting the position of the vertical bars and trapezoids at the bottom of Hue Saturation.

The colors that fall between the vertical bars will be completely affected by the adjustment, and that adjustment will taper off out to the extent of the color shown at the position of the trapezoid. So, I can fine tune the position as needed, in this case I think we're in pretty good shape though. So, I'll bring that Saturation back up to a more appropriate level. Still a negative value, because I still want to tone down saturation. In this case, only affecting the reds within the image. So, somewhere around there looks to be a pretty good setting.

I've reduced the saturation of just the reds, toning down the colors in the berries, without affecting the rest of the image and producing a much better overall photo. I'll go ahead and click OK and the effect is complete.

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