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Enhance Complimentary Colors in Photoshop

Jul 30

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Working with Color

Working with color is never easy, there are just too darned many colors to keep up with. Scientists estimate the human eye can see 7-10 MILLION colors. Imagine if you had 10 Million friends and you had to remember all of their names. Not gonna happen.

Some colors look better together than others and a quick way to see if those colors might compliment each other is to check out a color wheel. Generally complimentary colors will always look good together. To push it even farther try going with a triad – three colors together such as red, yellow, and blue.

Color Scheme Designer

Using complimentary colors is a great way to add a refined touch to your images while making them work better as a whole. Complimentary colors are colors that are opposite from one other on the color wheel. don’t have a color wheel, you say? Don’t worry! Check out this awesome online color wheel and take a look at the examples below.

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Enhance Complimentary Colors in Photoshop

Image by Lucas Menezes

  • Sambath S

    You could have also removed the background near the arm(left).
    Anyways a job well done Nace.

    Regards
    Sambath S
    freetechinc.com

  • Christian Stein

    Aaron, great tutorial as usual! I’m a huge Phlearn addict and have learned a ton from you. Keep em coming! One tiny comment on this one though – when you added the building on the left, besides the potential issue with lighting, you didn’t adjust it to take into account the laws of perspective so it doesn’t look right. I know you did it super quick and just for fun, but in my opinion, that small oversight makes the retouched image look a bit off. But otherwise, great job and thanks for the link to the colour wheel!

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