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 17-18

How to use the Photoshop Lab Color mode: step 17

Mask the layer
Highlight the Lab Color Copy layer, then click the Add Layer Mask icon in the Layers palette. Once again, grab the Brush tool, choose a soft-edged brush tip, set color to black and the Opacity to 30%, then paint over the building to gradually hide the layer and tone down the tonal change.

 

How to use the Photoshop Lab Color mode: step 18

Finishing touches
Click the Create Adjustment Layer icon in the Layers palette and choose Curves. Make two points along the curve, one dragged down in the lower half and another dragged up in the top half to boost contrast. Click the Blending Mode drop-down. Choose Luminosity so the colors don’t change.

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How to use the Photoshop Lab Color mode: steps 15-16
How to use the Photoshop Lab Color mode: steps 17-18

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