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 15-16

How to use the Photoshop Lab Color mode: step 15

Tone down face
The colors are too intense over the face and buildings, but you can paint with black on the Layer Mask of the Levels layer to tone them down. Highlight the Levels Mask thumbnail, grab the Brush tool, choose a soft-edged brush tip, hit 3 for 30% opacity then paint with black to tone down the color.

 

How to use the Photoshop Lab Color mode: step 16

Save the Smart Object
Highlight the Lab channel, then click the X to close the image, selecting Yes when asked if you want to save. In your original document, click the Eye icon to toggle the visibility of the Smart Object layer on and off. If any areas look a little too strong, you can use another mask to tone them down.

How to use the Photoshop Lab Color mode: steps 1-2
How to use the Photoshop Lab Color mode: steps 3-4
How to use the Photoshop Lab Color mode: steps 5-6
How to use the Photoshop Lab Color mode: steps 7-8
How to use the Photoshop Lab Color mode: steps 9-10
How to use the Photoshop Lab Color mode: steps 11-12
How to use the Photoshop Lab Color mode: steps 13-14
How to use the Photoshop Lab Color mode: steps 15-16
How to use the Photoshop Lab Color mode: steps 17-18

READ MORE

3 selective adjustment tools your raw files can’t live without
Photoshop Levels Tool: 6 tricks all the pros use
5 creative photo editing tricks for Adobe Camera Raw
Banish Bad Pictures: 9 quick fixes for common camera complaints