How to: Change Colors in Photographs


I was asked to do to a tutorial of how I play with colors :))
I wasn't really sure whether to post it on this blog or on my photography blog. But I decided that many (beauty) bloggers could benefit from this tutorial, so I will post it here. 

I use Photoshop CS5 Extended <3 
So you'll need Photoshop for this tutorial. You can download a free trial Photoshop HERE.

In this tutorial I will show you how to make your images have that vintage look :) Plus this tutorial can be very handy for removing that yellow look from your pictures or to giving your images a vavavoom effect.


1. We start with the picture we want to play with and open it in Photoshop.

 2. We open Color Balance (Image>Adjustments>Color Balance)

3. Select Shadow
4. Push the arrow on blue as far as it still looks ok to you

 5. Select Highlights
6. Push the arrow in the yellow area as far as it still looks ok to you :)

7. You can stop here (for an aged look), but you can play a little bit more :D

8.  Select Midtones and play a bit with the Cyan levels

Now I wanted to give it a bit of a vavavoom effect.

9. Open up the Curves window (Images>Adjustments>Curves)

10. Push the upper part just a little but up (that will brighten the image) 
and the lower just a tad down (it adds contrast).

The finished image:

 Before and After

Was it easy to understand?
Did you like it?
Do you have any suggestions for any similar tutorials?

XOXO Parisky


Anonymous said...

PS is expensive...show us in GIMP! :)

G A B Y said...

Thanks for this, very useful! I don't have Photoshop as of now (I use Photofiltre) but I'm not that good at editing pictures anyway ahah!

Maestra said...

Super easy napisano in lepo predstavljeno. ;)

Sanja said...

Poučno in uporabno, thanks :)

Helena (XOXO Parisky) said...

Anyonomous: True, but I put a link to the trial version :) Plus I don't know anymore how to work in Gimp :P

Haby: You're welcome! :)

Maestra: Hvala! :)

Sanja: No, da je za nekoga uporabno ;)

Pink_Diamond said...

ful dobr napisano:) še jaz sem lahko uporabila, pa ne znam uporabljat fotošopa:) hehe.... še kdaj kej napiši:) npr. kako popravit nepravilnosti na koži:) hehe...al pa kako poudarit samo oči na sliki:)....
samo to je verjetno za tvoj drugi fotografski blog:) hehehe

Helena (XOXO Parisky) said...

Hvala! En tak tutorial imam že napisan: http://parisky.deviantart.com/gallery/11557275#/d266x7c

ampak mislim, da bom enega bolj enostavnega spisala :)