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 13-14

How to use the Photoshop Lab Color mode: step 13

Emphasise the folds
Use the Dodge and Burn tools to add depth to the clothes by darkening the folds and brightening the highlights. You can hold Shift while using one tool to switch to the other. Click on the Lab channel to return to the color version if you want to check the results of your work.

 

How to use the Photoshop Lab Color mode: step 14

Apply sharpening
The Lightness channel can also be useful for sharpening, as you can sharpen the blacks and whites without sharpening color pixels. Make sure that Lightness is highlighted, then go to Filter>Sharpen>Unsharp Mask. Set Amount to 84, Radius to 1.2 and Threshold to 2, then hit OK.

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