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Getting creative with Lab

From: Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Creative Color

Video: Getting creative with Lab

So far we have taken a look at how we can use the Lab color space in order to add a bit of color variety and saturation to an image. What about if we want to create some real surreal color effects? I mean we want to our colors to glow. We want them to be so bright, it's unbelievable. Well we can do that as well and that's what we are going to do here. Here we have a photograph of this graffiti mural. My favorite thing about this is that the graffiti is wrapped around this pole here. I will go ahead and make these colors vivid. So I will navigate to my Image pulldown > Mode and choose Lab Color.

Getting creative with Lab

So far we have taken a look at how we can use the Lab color space in order to add a bit of color variety and saturation to an image. What about if we want to create some real surreal color effects? I mean we want to our colors to glow. We want them to be so bright, it's unbelievable. Well we can do that as well and that's what we are going to do here. Here we have a photograph of this graffiti mural. My favorite thing about this is that the graffiti is wrapped around this pole here. I will go ahead and make these colors vivid. So I will navigate to my Image pulldown > Mode and choose Lab Color.

Next click on the Curves Adjustment Layer icon. We are going to go the A channel. We are going to increase the color saturation here a little bit and color variety. So I want to make sure that that point there sticks right in the middle. Okay so far so good, go to the b channel. This one I am going to bring in quite a bit, adding a significant change here. Then we will go ahead and click on the eye icon. Here is our before and after, again just bright vivid colors. I will zoom in a little bit further. Before and after and we can see it in the blues, up here, we can see these are just really bright vivid tones.

Now that we have those colors we can do a couple of things. One is we can actually duplicate this layer. Let's click and drag it to the New Layer icon. Now when I do that my colors just went over the top. Here is my before and after. For the most part, they don't look very good, but I do like how it affected the colors over here. So I am going to go to my Masks icon, invert that mask and then I grab my Brush tool and I will paint with white 100%. I am just going to go ahead and allow to that to come through over. Also allow it to come through up top where I have these neon colors, a little bit over here as well. I don't want to affect those reds, because those just went completely into a place where there is lots of too much of the texture there.

Then I will lower the Opacity. Again, just a little bit of subtle, extra added bit of color. Overall before and after. All right, nice. Now that we have done that, we can go to Image > Mode and RGB Color. Flatten that image for sure and we have our final photograph here with these new added and vivid colors and if you pan around the image. It just looks like something quite surreal. Now that we are back in this RGB composite view mode, we will go to the Adjustment panel and click on Vibrance and Saturation. When we increase Vibrance, what it's going to do is bring out some of the weaker colors. We can also bring up a little bit of the Saturation and we will just bring that up just a touch there then a subtle little adjustment, but again adding just a bit more of a boost of those colors.

One of the things that I notice is I lose a little bit here. So I will click on mask and I will paint with black and I am going to mask this off. I don't want to lose that orange color there. I like that. Here is my before and then after. Subtle, yet significant. Go to Window and choose History. I will open up the History panel and I go back to the original file. There is the original. Then press Command+Z, there is the after. Press F to go to Full Screen View mode and look at our before and after. Here is before and here is after. In this case, we have had quite a bit of fun with color using that Lab Color Space.

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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Creative Color

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  1. 4m 33s
    1. Welcome
      1m 41s
    2. Learning strategies
      2m 4s
    3. Using the exercise files
      48s
  2. 15m 1s
    1. The effect of color
      1m 50s
    2. Why color matters
      1m 56s
    3. Understanding color adaptation
      3m 16s
    4. Understanding color relationships
      2m 55s
    5. Introducing Adobe Kuler
      5m 4s
  3. 1h 15m
    1. Adjusting color and tone in a sunset portrait
      4m 23s
    2. Enhancing sunset colors pt. 1: Curves
      4m 7s
    3. Enhancing sunset colors pt. 2: Color Balance
      4m 26s
    4. Jellyfish pt. 1: Adjusting composition and color
      4m 52s
    5. Jellyfish pt. 2: Working with lighting effects and opacity
      4m 18s
    6. Jellyfish pt. 3: Integrating tone, color, and creativity
      6m 3s
    7. Night photography pt. 1: Brightening and contrast
      5m 12s
    8. Night photography pt. 2: Vibrance, hue, and saturation
      5m 29s
    9. Fisherman's rope: Color and Contrast
      3m 55s
    10. Fisherman's floats: Subtle color with curves
      5m 20s
    11. Wind tunnel: Masking using the Color Range command
      4m 14s
    12. Old desert sign: Quick color adjustments
      4m 24s
    13. Old neon sign: Creating impact
      2m 46s
    14. Artist's chalk: Enhancing vivid colors
      4m 9s
    15. Strawberry ice cream: Making subtle color enhancements
      2m 45s
    16. Hallways: Combining images with creative color
      4m 44s
    17. Santa Barbara Harbor: Adding color to grayscale images
      4m 29s
  4. 34m 14s
    1. Deconstructing Hue/Saturation
      3m 36s
    2. Using Hue/Saturation to change color
      2m 31s
    3. Adding accent color
      1m 49s
    4. Changing color with Quick Mask mode and Hue/Saturation
      2m 56s
    5. Replacing color with the Replace Color tool
      2m 49s
    6. Replacing and modifying color
      6m 59s
    7. Changing the color of an old fishing boat
      6m 50s
    8. Enhancing and changing eye color
      4m 30s
    9. Changing makeup color in a fashion portrait
      2m 14s
  5. 22m 6s
    1. Deconstructing color saturation with Levels and Curves
      3m 53s
    2. Adjusting vibrance and saturation
      1m 59s
    3. Using Hue/Saturation
      3m 18s
    4. Using the Selective Color command
      1m 56s
    5. Using Hue/Saturation and Curves to understand relative color
      4m 24s
    6. Increasing color saturation and variety with Lab
      3m 29s
    7. Getting creative with Lab
      3m 7s
  6. 24m 28s
    1. Using Color Balance to cross process
      5m 10s
    2. Using Curves RGB channels to cross process
      2m 22s
    3. Introducing Curves presets
      1m 52s
    4. Using Curves presets to cross process
      2m 52s
    5. Cross processing black-and-white photos
      3m 13s
    6. Integrating cross processing into a creative workflow
      5m 7s
    7. Using plug-ins to create a cross process effect
      3m 52s
  7. 22m 45s
    1. Removing color to create impact
      3m 48s
    2. Creative color reduction using Color Balance, Curves, and masking
      4m 30s
    3. Creative color reduction using Hue/Saturation, Curves, and masking
      6m 32s
    4. Multi-image project: Removing and adding color and creating a layout
      7m 55s
  8. 26m 44s
    1. Adding a sepia tone with Hue/Saturation and Soft Light
      3m 2s
    2. Improving tone and adding subtle sepia effects
      7m 43s
    3. Using Curves to create a sepia tone
      4m 48s
    4. Beach swing pt. 1: Creating a bleached contrast effect
      2m 1s
    5. Beach swing pt. 2: Adding glow
      3m 4s
    6. Beach swing pt. 3: Adding noise and final color and tone adjustments
      3m 21s
    7. Creating a sepia tone quickly with Variations
      1m 19s
    8. Using actions for a quick sepia conversion
      1m 26s
  9. 29m 10s
    1. Model portrait: Creating a muted color and contrast effect
      4m 3s
    2. Autumn leaves portrait: Muted color and tone made simple
      4m 11s
    3. Rock-star style: Putting it all together to create edgy color and tone
      6m 11s
    4. Tower Bridge: Enhancing color and tone
      2m 27s
    5. Concrete wall pt. 1: Adding color
      1m 30s
    6. Concrete wall pt. 2: Finding and installing custom fonts and brushes
      2m 48s
    7. Concrete wall pt. 3: Working with type
      3m 35s
    8. Concrete wall pt. 4: Using custom brushes
      4m 25s
  10. 12m 54s
    1. Introducing plug-ins by Nik, onOne, and Alien Skin
      40s
    2. Using onOne plug-ins
      3m 43s
    3. Using Alien Skin plug-ins
      2m 48s
    4. Using Nik plug-ins
      2m 44s
    5. Links for the color curious
      2m 59s
  11. 55s
    1. Goodbye
      55s

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