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As we've seen, when working with sunrises or sunsets, Color Balance can be quite a fun tool. And sometimes I simply like to think of this as a way to begin to play with some really interesting colors. This particular image, it was captured at the beach close to where I live, and the sunrise was really stunning. What I want to do is bring out some of the colors that are already there. In order to do that, I'm going to navigate over to the Color Balance Adjustment Layer icon. That will then create a Color Balance Adjustment layer. And from here, all that I'm going to do is start to swing my sliders, bring in some Reds and also some Yellows, and currently I'm in my Midtones.
In the Highlights, again I want some nice Yellows and also Reds there. Next, I'll go down to my Shadows. What I can do with my Shadows is actually add a little bit of blue. You'll notice when I add that blue, it affects the rest of the colors. So, sometimes with sunsets, you think yes, it all needs to be Red and Yellow, but many times by adding in some Blue, it can really give you some wonderful, vivid and just bright, and interesting colors. All right! While as you can see, it's pretty easy, and it's pretty fun to do. Let's take a look at the before and after.
Here we have our before and then our after.
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