If you have a good understanding of composition and photographic techniques, you have many tools at your disposal for making your images stand out from the crowd. There’s one aspect though that is usually out of your hands, at least when it comes to the photographic side, and that’s Color. The objects in your images are the color they are. Period! And apart from creating black and white images, there is not really a good way of changing that in your camera. But luckily, there are some tricks in post-processing for changing the colors of the elements in your images.
Why would you want to do this? For example, in order to create appealing color contrasts that where not there in the original image. In this article, I feature three video tutorials that show you some cool techniques for manipulating colors in Photoshop.
Using the Color Range tool
In the video below, Aaron Nace from Phlearn shows you how to select different colors using the Color Range tool. This works great if you have bold and nicely separated colors in your image.
Replacing Colors Using a Selective Color Layer
Here, Helen Bradley shows you how to use a Selective Color adjustment layer to replace certain colors in your image.The Selective Color adjustment lets you remix any of the major colors in your image and gives it a new look by changing the relative amounts of component colors in it.
Changing Specific Color Ranges with a Hue/Saturation Layer
In another video, Aaron shows you how to use a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and limit its effect to a specific color range. He also shows you some other tricks like enhancing the highlights only, adding a realistic lens flare, and creating some subtle split toning.
No matter which method you are using to change colors in your images, it is very likely that you need to apply some kind of masking to confine the effect and restrict it to certain areas. You also need to be careful with your adjustments to retain a natural look. Also take care of reflections of your objects anywhere in the scene. Those need to be changed too.