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 7-8

How to use the Photoshop Lab Color mode: step 7

Convert to Lab
Once the Smart Object layer has opened in its own window, go to Image>Mode>Lab Color. Next, click the Create Adjustment Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers palette and choose Levels. In the Levels settings, go to the drop-down at the top that says Lightness and choose the ‘a’ channel.

 

How to use the Photoshop Lab Color mode: step 8

Set the shadow point
The ‘a’ channel represents greens and magentas. You can boost the saturation of these colors by increasing contrast on the ‘a’ channel. Start by clicking the left of the three boxes below the histogram and input 25, note how this moves the black slider inwards and gives the image a slight cyan cast.

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How to use the Photoshop Lab Color mode: steps 7-8
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