One of the most basic color tools you need for your graphic design is Adobe Photoshop. However, some people might find it intimidating to create a website or blog layout with so many options and features. This article explains how to handle a lot of these edits with ease!
What are the Basics of Photoshop?
In this Adobe Photoshop Color Tutorial, we will take a look at the basics of color in Photoshop. We will discuss how to use the color wheel and basic color theory to create beautiful and vibrant images.
We will also cover some common tools used for color correction, including the Hue/Saturation and Brightness/Contrast sliders. Finally, we’ll show you how to create custom colors using the Color Picker.
So, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced user, these tutorials are sure to help you get started with using Adobe Photoshop’s powerful color tools!
Basic Color Management and Editing
If you’re working with digital images, one of the most important steps is managing the colors within your files. Adobe Photoshop is a great tool for color management and editing, so it’s important to understand how it works. In this tutorial, we’ll cover the basics of color management and editing in Adobe Photoshop. We’ll show you how to set up color profiles, edit colors, and remove colors from images.
One of the most important steps in working with digital images is managing the colors within your files. Colors can be represented in different ways, such as RGB values or hexadecimal values. Understanding the different representations for colors will help you get the best results when finding the color you’re looking for.
RGB Values: The most common way of representing colors on a computer is through RGB values. Using RGB values lets you see the actual colors within an image while simultaneously allowing you to change them to a different color without losing your original image.
Hexadecimal Values: Another way of representing colors is through hexadecimal values. Hexadecimal values store the same amount of information as RGB values, but they don’t use RGB’s relative hotkeys which are less intuitive for some people. Image editing software will convert between each representation so that you can edit images and get the results you want as quickly as possible.
So what does this mean for you? Well, in order to edit an image, it must be mapped from one representation to another.
There are four main steps to help make this process easier:
Setting up Profiles – Setting up profiles lets you use hexadecimal values without having to map them in RGBs. This is good because it will help you to get started quickly, but once you start working on your images, you’ll want to map from hexadecimal values as well. Mapping
Hexadecimal Values – Once a profile has been set up for use with an image editing program, you can map the values from that profile to the RGB values of an image through the color editor (on Photoshop) or other software. You can also do this by hand from the properties panel of any image editing software.
Color Conversion – After mapping colors between your hexadecimal representation and RGB representation, it’s time to convert the colors back and forth to create the final image. Be careful to convert back and forth in the same order, so that you can trace back any steps of the process you need from one set of colors to another. Once a profile has been set up for use with an image editing program, you can map the values from that profile to the RGB values of an image through the color editor (on Photoshop) or other software. You can also do this by hand from the properties panel of any image editing software.
Simple RGB Curves – After using a conversion tool like GIMP’s Curves command or Photoshop’s Curves adjustment layer, you may have regained complete control over your colors, which is great! But even if not all values are accurate, spending an hour or so in a color management program can let you have full control over your colors.
After using a conversion tool like GIMP’s Curves command or Photoshop’s Curves adjustment layer, you may have regained complete control over your colors, which is great! But even if not all values are accurate, spending an hour or so in a color management program can let you have full control over your colors.
Dealing with Image Formats – A large number of image formats exist, and several more will be created as new applications are written for specific tasks (such as photo editing). With all these formats available, it is difficult to know which one to use, and sometimes you may want to keep all of them, or keep a few of them, and use the others for backups. The only solution to this problem is to learn about color management and practice reading about each format’s requirements. If you don’t have time for that, then simply learn about the ICC profile. The good news is that there are some great books on the market that can help you choose the best format for your needs.
Advanced Color Editing Techniques
In this post, we’re going to explore some advanced color editing techniques in Adobe Photoshop. We’ll be covering things like using the HSL and CIE LAB color spaces, making adjustments to individual colors, and creating custom color palettes. So if you’re looking to up your color game in Photoshop, this is the post for you!
To get started, open up Adobe Photoshop and navigate to the ‘Color’ panel. Here you’ll see three main sections: the ‘Colors’ panel on the left, the ‘Hue/Saturation panel in the middle, and the ‘Lightness/Brightness’ panel on the right.
The first thing we’re going to do is adjust the hue of our blue circle. To do this, click on the blue circle and then click on the ‘Hue’ button located in the toolbar at the top of the window. This will open up the Hue/Saturation dialog box. Here you’ll want to adjust both the ‘Hue’ and ‘Saturation’ settings until you’ve reached the desired result. For our example, we’ve decreased both values so that our blue circle looks brighter and more vibrant.
Step 2: Adjust the values of the other colors Now that you’ve adjusted the hue of our blue circle, we’re going to do something similar to what we did with our red circle. Go ahead and click on your second color (in this case, it’s yellow), and then go ahead and click on ‘Hue’ in the toolbar at the top of the Colors panel.
This will open up a new Hue/Saturation dialog box that should look something like what’s shown below. If you think about it for a moment, you can see that we’re using two different approaches here to adjust both the hue and saturation value. In order for our yellow circles to look bright and vibrant, we’ll want to adjust both the hue and saturation value, but for our blue circles, we want to adjust the saturation.
This is a pretty common technique you’ll see in many of the Photoshop filters and will actually be a lot easier to understand once you’ve used it a few times. Go ahead and click ‘OK’ on the Hue/Saturation dialog box, which will reset the values back to their default values.
Step 3: Now that we’ve adjusted both of our color circles’ hues, let’s take a look at adjusting some of the other values inside this image.
For example, if I were to grab my Hue/Saturation tool from the Tools panel again, I could go ahead and adjust just one channel’s saturation value for each color circle we’ve created.
To accomplish this, I’ll grab the left-most circle first, then hold down my Shift key and hover over both of the other color circles. With all three of them selected, I could change the saturation values for these colors by changing my fx tab to ‘Channel’ in the options bar. Once again, I could click ‘OK’ to accept my changes.
Step 4: To finish up our color correction process using Photoshop’s Hue/Saturation adjustment layer, let’s do a quick check on our overall image. Go ahead and select the Layers panel from the drop-down menu at the top of your screen, then choose ‘New Adjustment Layer.
From there you can name this new adjustment layer something like ‘Hue/Saturation, and you can adjust the option of how this layer is applied. The options here include ‘Luminosity’ which will do a full-color correction and ‘Curves’ which will simply tone down the color saturation levels of our image in an easy manner.
I chose to use the Curves adjustment filter by clicking that option in the menu bar under my Layers view, then holding down my Control key and clicking on both of my first two adjustment circles until they were both selected. While doing this, I temporarily changed my fx tab so that it was set to ‘Channel’. Then I clicked on OK to accept my changes.
Step 5: Now let’s go ahead and click on our fourth and final Channel by clicking on the ‘Channel 4’ Folder in our Channels panel. Then you can go back to your Layers tab and apply the same adjustments I just made to both of these channels, except this time I will leave my Layers tab set to ‘Normal’.
Step 6: Now let’s begin adding some texture to our image by clicking on our Texture layer via the Add Layer button shown above, then apply a Radial Blur filter of 50px Radius at 100% opacity (or what looks like the right amount depending on your computer’s display resolution) as seen here:
Step 7: Next we will add a Film Grain effect by clicking on the ‘+’ next to our Film Grain effect within that same Filters panel, then adjusting the Intensity to about 40% and lowering the Frequency to around 50Hz as seen here:
Step 8: Finally we will add some color by clicking on our Hue/Saturation layer and adjusting its Brightness and Saturation values until you have something that looks like this below. That should finish up your image!