Colour editing essentials: post process for complex colour palettes

Peter Fenech
(Image credit: Peter Fenech)

Post processing of digital images is an essential step in creating stunning colours. In fact the ability to shoot and edit RAW files is central to the flexibility of digital photography for colour creation - having the option to choose the white balance at any time after the shoot is something which photographers of the film age could only have dreamed of. 

Intent is an important consideration though and early on in the editing process you have to decide what style of image you are going for. It is very easy to over-edit your shots, even as an experienced professional. You either have to aim to maintain fully natural colours, merely adjusting the contrast slightly and minimizing colour shifts, or you must work out the best way of introducing false colours, for dramatic impact.  

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Peter Fenech

As the Editor for  Digital Photographer magazine, Peter is a specialist in camera tutorials and creative projects to help you get the most out of your camera, lens, tripod, filters, gimbal, lighting and other imaging equipment.

After cutting his teeth working in retail for camera specialists like Jessops, he has spent 11 years as a photography journalist and freelance writer – and he is a Getty Images-registered photographer, to boot.

No matter what you want to shoot, Peter can help you sharpen your skills and elevate your ability, whether it’s taking portraits, capturing landscapes, shooting architecture, creating macro and still life, photographing action… he can help you learn and improve.