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Colors Of Autumn - Photoshop Blending Tutorial

In this tutorial you will learn how to achieve three gorgeous colors of autumn from one photo in a few simple steps using Adjustment layers, Image mode and some retouching techniques.

Final Image Preview

This is what we 'll be creating:

colors of autumn

Tutorial Details

  • Program: Adobe Photoshop
  • Difficulty: Beginner
  • Estimated Completion Time: 10 -15 minutes

Tutorial Assets

The following assets were used during the production of this tutorial.

I. Orange autumn

Step 1

Open the autumn photo. I notice that there is an unwanted object on autumn road and I don't like it. So I make a new layer above the autumn background ( press Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+N), choose Clone Stamp Tool ( hit S on your keyboard) and make sure that Sample All Layers is checked on property bar. Clone over this object. We have result:

Step 2

Make a Gradient Map layer (Layer-New adjustment layer-Gradient Map). We will add more dark blue and contrast for picture.

Set this layer to Soft light 100%.

This is result we have:

Step 3

Create a Selective Color layer. This step is to change yellow tone into pink and light orange also add some cyan for tree body.

Step 4

I use a Color Balance layer to add more orange tone of our autumn pic:

autumn colors

Step 5

In this final step I will add more vibrant red and cyan for picture. Create a Selective Color layer:

Final Result

colors of autumn in Photoshop

II. Red autumn

Step 1

Open autumn photo. This step is to remove unwanted object as we did in first tutorial.

Step 2

I use a Hue/Saturation layer and work on Yellow and Red channels. You will see the main color changes strongly:

Depending on your picture tone, drag the buttons till you get desired look. Be careful with Hue/Saturation tool because incorrect value will destroy your photo .

Step 3

Make a Hue/Saturation layer again to make the tone more vibrant with red and a bit brighter:

Step 4

As you see the the picture color looks a bit dull so I will do a step to fix it . Create a new layer, use soft brush and color #fcefd9 painting on the top of tree as shown below

Change the mode to Overlay 50% then duplicate this layer:

Step 5

The road part which catches the light from above must be brighter so I use a new layer, take soft brush with same color in step 4 painting on it. Put it as Soft light 50%:

Step 6

We will increase contrast for picture. Make a Brightness/Contrast layer:

Final Result

red autumn

III. Magenta autumn

Step 1

Open autumn photo and duplicate it we have background copy. Go to Image-Mode-Lab Color and after that click "Don't flatten" when you are asked. Then choose Layer-New adjustment layer-Curves:

We get:

Step 2

Hit Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+Alt+E to merge all layers. Turn image into RGB color ( Image-Mode-RGB Color) and click OK when you are asked.

I use a Selective Color layer to get the basic color :

Step 3

Add a Selective Color layer again to make color more vibrant:

Depending on colors in your picture, adjust channels you want.

Step 4

Final step: I use Clone Tool to remove unwanted object as in previous tutorials.

Final Result

autumn colors in Photoshop


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