Having read about a number of techniques to increase colour oomph, Matthew Page came up with a technique that involves switching to Lab
mode and adjusting curves on the a and b channels.
That got me thinking, especially about those I know who have
Photoshop Elements (which doesnt have Lab colour mode, nor curves). So, I
started creating a FilterMeister filter to do the job. This worked quite well,
but was very slow.After a little bit of head-bashing and thinking, this
utterly simple technique popped out!
These techniques work in both
Photoshop and Photoshop Elements!
This image needs quite a bit of extra “zing”
You’re going to use the Brightness/Contrast tool. “What a dud tool!” I hear you say. Ah, but with a slight twist:
Hold down the ALT key
Hit the Adjustment Layer tool in the Layers palette
In the dialog box, name the layer and change the mode to Color
|Adjust the contrast to around 20 to 30%
And thats the colour popped!
Whats going on is that Photoshop is leaving the luminosity
information alone and just adjusting the colour. The Contrast boost stretches
the colour without touching anything else
Doing the same for Luminosity
You can add some extra contrast without adjusting the
Use exactly the same approach, but instead of setting the
layer blend mode to Color, set it to Luminosity.Now, when you tweak the contrast and brightness Photoshop
leaves the colour alone, and only modifies the luminosity!
Perceptual Black & White
For a final little tip, Ill show you how to create a very
nice black and white image with almost no work at all!Again, well use a simple tool the Hue/Saturation, but
again with a layer-twist!
If you added a Hue/Saturation with Saturation set to -100
you usually get a rather bland black and white. This is because Photoshop does
a straight conversion all colours get converted the same. By this, I mean
that a 50% yellow, and a 50% red, and a 50% blue will all be converted to the
same shade of grey. This isnt how your eyes see things!
Try this instead
Hold down the ALT key
|Hit the Adjustment Layer tool in the Layers palette
In the dialog box, name the layer and change the mode to “Color”
Set the Saturation to -100
|Now what you see is a perceptual conversion, where yellows are converted to lighter shades of grey, and blues are converted to darker shades.
This can also be accomplished in full Photoshop with a
mono channel mixer set to 30% red, 59% green, and 11% blue, which just so
happens to be the mix for the grey scale content of the JPG standard, if thats