Color Photography: 5 photo editing tools that will save any image

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Taking it further in the digital darkroom

Taking it further in the digital darkroom

This old-fashioned sepia treatment was created in moments using the Hue/Saturation dialog with the Colorize box checked and a Hue value of 30.

The color adjustments we’ve looked at here have largely been aimed at correcting or enhancing colors. But many of the techniques can be adapted to produce more extreme color alterations.

Using Photoshop, it’s possible to mimic many of the effects once generated in darkrooms, including solarisation, sepia-toning, cross-processing and more.

Indeed, with a little experimentation, it’s possible to come up with effects never seen before – and sometimes effects you’ll never want to see again…

Using the digital darkroom

This pseudo-solarisation effect was created using the Curves dialog, pushing the centre of the curve upwards, then dragging the end point back down to zero.

Apart from the ideas we introduce here, you can try out Photoshop’s different layer blending modes, either blending two images together, or duplicating the current image layer then changing the way it interacts with the layer below.

Don’t just stop with a single modification or filter, but try combining them. There are so many permutations in Photoshop that you may never exhaust them all.

PAGE 1: Best photo editing tools for adjusting color – Color balance
PAGE 2: Best photo editing tools for adjusting color – Hue/Saturation
PAGE 3: Best photo editing tools for adjusting color – Levels
PAGE 4: Best photo editing tools for adjusting color – Curves
PAGE 5: Best photo editing tools for adjusting color – Brightness/Contrast
PAGE 6: Taking it further in the digital darkroom

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