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Easy Tips to Adjust the Colors of A Landscape

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Aug 22

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Utilize Curves

These will make the biggest difference! Curves can be used to easily adjust light levels and colors in your images. We don’t have ay lights or darks, so I’m going to bring down the shadows and brighten up the highlight areas under the RGB dropdown option. This is known as an “S curve,” which adds contrast.

Use the hand tool to adjust only certain areas of the image, and play around with each color channel to remove and add certain colors.

Sharpening

This can be done many different ways but High Pass is my favorite. To do it create a stamp visible layer and change the blend mode to linear light. Then go to Image-Filter-High Pass to adjust how much you want to sharpen.

Before and After

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  • AmyM

    Thank you so much! This is a really helpful and simple tutorial LOVE IT!

  • AmyM

    At 8:12 you make a new layer Shift command U, but it wont let me make another layer. i can do everything to that point and than it just does nothing when i go make that second layer. Ideas?

  • http://phlearn.com Aaron Nace

    Cmd J to make a new layer, then you can desaturate with Shift Cmd U

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.dunn3 James Dunn

    That’s definitely Utah. You’re looking North up the Wasatch Range from a location that’s probably just east of Spanish Fork, Utah.

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.dunn3 James Dunn

    That’s definitely Utah. You’re looking North up the Wasatch Range from a location probably just east of Spanish Fork, Utah.

  • Alexis Kyprianou

    This photos were taken 3 years ago during my summer holiday,we where flying from London to Cyprus.
    i cant remember what i did in photoshop to get this effect. i think i used the  doge and durn tools in also used the curves tool to take away some blue and also adjusted the exposure. 

  • Shawn

    Aaron,  you said this image was raw did you bring this in from lightroom as a tiff or just open up the raw file into photoshop.  i assume there is a big difference between tiff and raw in regards to bringing back detail?

  • Shawn

    Aaron,  you said this image was raw did you bring this in from lightroom as a tiff or just open up the raw file into photoshop.  i assume there is a big difference between tiff and raw in regards to bringing back detail?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Ljunggren/1493725050 Jason Ljunggren

    Hey aaron I noticed you with that same shirt in another episode it gives a serious moire effect on my end

  • http://www.blue-milk.com/ Hervé Sliwa

    I took this shot from a long distance, which indeed brings the same type of issues:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/hervesliwa/6585343335/in/photostream/lightbox/

  • Parthiv

    Can’t load the video anymore. Gives me an error.

  • Jamie

    Wow. Love this one. 

    So simple, and the results are incredible.
    Great work.

  • http://twitter.com/Jameswarwood James Warwood

    Awesome as ever!

  • Harold

    Nice tutorial.  I already utilize this type of processing.  Here is one it saved.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=501623482 Camilo Giraldo Roa

    This is my first try applying this tutorial, but I think the blue is a little bit hi. Also wasnt easy the use of the filter.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Soumyadipto-Ghose/100000303538355 Soumyadipto Ghose

    I shot this one while flying over greenland…

  • Lars Christiansen

    Only discovered Phlearn today (via fstoppers.com) and am truly amazed! How the heck didn’t I find out about this site earlier? Anyways, this tutorial reminded me of a shot my girlfriend took through an airplane window with her Nikon compact camera (= JPEG + a lot of noise and little color information).
    I spent a couple of minutes to try curves on this one and as I couldn’t quite achieve the color I had in mind, I also added a photo filter, some vibrance and a vignette.

    Can’t remember where exactly this shot was taken, though ;)

  • http://phlearn.com Aaron Nace

    Welcome to the Phamily Lars!

  • Lars Christiansen

     Thanks for the warm and personal welcome! On what other website yould you get that? Makes me alllmost believe you mean it when you write one should visit you guys at the studio in Chicago.

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