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As you're discovering, Color Balance can be a really fun and visual way to modify color. And here with this portrait of this particular family, one of the things that I want to do is, once again, bring out some of the colors and tones that are already in the image. In order to do that, I'm going to navigate over to Color Balance. Let's click on the icon here in order to open up our first adjustment layer. A lot of times all that you need to do is simply drag a slider just a little teenie bit. Already just with two movements here, adding some Yellow and Red, this images look so much better.
Here's our before and then our after. It just gives it this nice, warmth and vividness. Now let's say that we want to take this a little bit further. Let's click on the Adjustment layer icon and then choose Color Balance, so we have another Color Balance adjustment. This time what I'm interested in doing is going into my Highlights, and I want to bring in some Blues. I also want to bring in some Reds. I'll go to my Midtones and add some Yellow, and also some Red. And actually, back to my Highlights. I think I'm going to bring that back perhaps down just a little bit.
I'm really focusing in on the sky here. I'm interested and trying to make this sky a little bit more vivid. Now the subject, the family, doesn't look very good at all. I pushed this color effect a little bit over the top. Well, no big deal. Simply grab our brush, and then click on black, so that it's in our foreground color. And then we're going to go ahead and click and paint this effect a way on the family. Again, it just was a little bit too strong there. We'll also paint it away in a couple of other little areas here, just so there is some consistency. Well now let's take a look at what we have.
Here we have our before and then after, that background color really coming to life. Well, let's go into our Shadows, and in our Shadows what we can do is add a little bit of Blue in there and also a little bit of Cyan, just to build up that drama and also the different types of color that we have here. Finally, let's look at our before and after. Here, we have before and then after. So these layers together give us this really interesting and distinct look. But one thing that I need to do, before I finish off this image, is just lower the Opacity on this layer - it's a little bit too strong - and then go into my Masks panel and increase the Feather amount because my brush strokes were made pretty haphazardly.
I want to make sure that I am just softening those edges. All right! Well, let's take a look at the overall before and after. We can do by holding down the Option key and clicking on the Eye icon of the Background layer. Here we have it: before and then after.
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