Beginning to adjust the pictures is for the sake of taking pictures. For the lack of shooting experience in the earlier stage, I can’t get the desired effect, therefore, I think of ways to adjust the pictures in the latter stage. Then I gradually have my own steps of adjusting colors. Now, I will teach you.
First of all, try your every effort to achieve the best effect, thus, we can get bigger space on the djustment in the latter stage and can better keep the quality of the pictures after the adjustment.
The original picture
Step 1, adjust the curves and it can brighten the whole picture. On the contrary, if the picture is over-exposed, you can pull the curves down and the picture will be darkened.
Step 2, adjust the levels. Move the first value to the right and this can increase the contrast to make the picture better arranged. Move the third value to the left and this can make the picture brighter.
Step 3, adjust the brightness/contrast. Increase the value of the brightness/contrast to brighten the picture and deepen the contrast to make the figure in the picture more prominent.
Step 4, adjust the selective colors (the most important step).
This step decides the distribution of the colors of the whole picture. According to the different situation, the adjustment of the selective colors is different. For example, if there are grasses in the picture, then, adjust them green and adjust it blue if sky is there. All in all, choose the colors which appear in the picture and usually need to choose the red as well as yellow to adjust the color of skin and the luster of the figure. The value is flexible and you can make this value as a reference.
Blacks: Cyan -25 / Magenta -4 / Yellow -6 / Black +4
Blacks: Cyan -12 / Magenta -2 / Yellow -5 / Black -1
Blacks: Cyan -2 / Magenta -2 / Yellow 0 / Black -2
Blacks: Cyan -4 / Magenta 0 / Yellow -4 / Black +3
Step 5: color balance. It can adjust the picture in cold or warm tune and you can choose to use it to adjust the picture into the wanted slant cold or slant warm tune.
Step 6: hue/saturation. The increasement of the saturation can make the whole picture more bright-colored and colorful.
Finally, you can adjust a selective color – black according to the effect you want. This step is amazing, for example, the black part of the hair will turn to be a little purple and the whole picture will add another color as well as another kind of feeling.
After the adjustment of the picture, you still can use the blur tool to grind the skin of the figure to make the skin more smooth and comfortable.
Everyone has different feelings to colors and the situation is not the same. Therefore, I just tell you a method here and all the values are adjustable according to the different situation. So, please do not be fettered by the values and go to use these methods to boldly adjust the colors.
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