How to Master Editing Colors using LAB Mode in Photoshop
Add to favorites
LAB Mode VS RGB Mode
It can be hard to pump up the Colors in a photograph without making it look unnatural. In RGB mode, changing your Colors in Curves will also produce changes in Brightness and Exposure. To fix this, we can easily switch to LAB Mode by selecting it from the Image drop down menu.
LAB stands for Lightness, A Channel, B Channel. If you pull up a Curves Adjustment Layer in LAB, you’ll see that your red, green, and blue Channels have been replaced with Lightness, A, and B. Your A and B Channels ONLY affect the Colors in your image, so you’re free to push them as much as you desire without messing up your Exposure.
Once you’ve settled on colors you like, simply create a Stamp Visible Layer by pressting Shift + Alt/Option + Command + E. You can drag this layer back into your RGB mode image and the incredible Colors will stay the same. Try using this technique and post your re-colored images in the comment section below!
Before & After
Thanks to Ferd Isaac for the perfect photo for this tutorial!
Twitter is a great way to engage in real-time conversation with people in your industry, as well as potential clients for your photography business. Here’s how you can use Twitter to connect with the people and experiment with different types of content to see what works.
What you need to know about aspect ratios and how you can use them in your photography. This is a must-read for any modern photographer, as we discuss the ratios online technology requires and how you can experiment with different aspect ratios to stand out.
A social media powerhouse today, Instagram can help you reach new potential clients and grow your photography business. Here’s everything you need to know to build a community of followers who know, like and trust you and who want what your business offers.
Freelancing can be one of the more rewarding ways to make a living in professional photography. Whether you’re looking for more freedom to pick and choose your projects, or want to nail down a couple long-term contracts, here are the best places to find freelance photography jobs online.
Learn Photoshop & Lightroom.
Join the World’s #1 Photoshop Instructor, Aaron Nace, for lessons in retouching, compositing and more. Get unlimited access to every tutorial when you join PHLEARN PRO.