How to enhance colours in photographs with Photoshop

Welcome to my second tutorial, looks like we’ve made it for another one! Today we’ll talk about enhancing colours in a photograph. In particular, we’ll talk about increasing the saturation or vibrancy in an image. Not so much the changing of, or adding of color casts, but enhancing the look of the colours that are already in the photograph to begin with.

This is one of those subjects that if you ask 10 photographers, you’ll probably get 10 different answers on how they do it. For me, I have two methods I love to use, to enhance the colours in an existing photo. They are both Photoshop techniques.

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This method is quick and convenient, the feel of the image isn’t as good as the next “LAB method”, but for most purposes it works very well. This method is also often called “Velvia” action, mainly due to the look it produces which has a similar appearance to the highly saturated look of the famous Fuji Velvia transparency film.

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