Sometimes your digital camera doesn’t do a scene justice. When you open the image in Photoshop, it appears somewhat drab and colorless compared to what you remember. You can easily make the image pop with just a few steps. Here’s how:
- Copy the background layer by pressing Ctrl+J (Windows) or Cmd + J (Macintosh).
- Select the new layer and then choose Image | Mode | Lab Color. After choosing this option, a warning dialog appears telling you that changing color modes can affect the appearance of layers. The dialog box gives you the option of flattening layers.
- Choose Don’t Flatten.
- With the copied layer still selected, choose
Image | Apply Image. This opens the Apply Image dialog box. The default option is to apply the command to Merged layers.
- Choose Layer 1 from the Layer drop down menu and then click OK. At this stage, the image may be too dark.
- If necessary, change the opacity of Layer 1.
- Choose Image | Mode | RGB.
The following image shows the scene before enhancing image tonality. It’s rather drab, not at all how I remember the crisp Winter day.
Here’s the image after enhancing tonality. This is how I remember the scene.
No pixels were harmed or destroyed while creating this tutorial.