Photoshop Lab Color: how to retouch images for a professional finish

Photoshop Lab Color: how to retouch images for a professional finish

How to use the Photoshop Lab Color mode: steps 5-6

How to use the Photoshop Lab Color mode: step 5

Mask and reveal
Go to the Layers palette (Window>Layers), then hold Alt and click the Add Layer Mask icon at the bottom to add a full black mask that hides the entire layer. Next, grab the Brush tool, set the color to white and paint precisely to reveal the layer just over the messy figures in the background.

 

How to use the Photoshop Lab Color mode: step 6

Make a Smart Object
Press Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+Alt+E to merge a copy of the layers, double-click the layer name and call it ‘Lab Color Copy’, then right-click the newly-created layer in the Layers palette and choose Convert to Smart Object. Double-click the image thumbnail on the layer, then hit OK to open it in a new window.

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