TJ Drys­dale guides us through his usual pro­cess­ing work­flow, for dra­matic yet nat­u­ral colour

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I typ­i­cally ap­ply the Paint Bucket tool as my first step. I find a colour within the im­age, ap­ply it to a new layer, change the blend mode to

Soft Light to cast an over­all warm hue to the im­age and lower the opac­ity, to make the ef­fect grad­ual.


B&W LAYER Next I add con­trast us­ing a Black & White ad­just­ment layer. I’ll of­ten play with the reds and yel­lows to add drama. I cre­ate a vi­gnette with the El­lip­ti­cal Mar­quee Tool, and change the blend mode to Soft Light.


LEV­ELS AD­JUST­MENT I’m al­most sat­is­fied with the colours I have, but I def­i­nitely want to add a lit­tle more pop to the im­age. I use the Lev­els ad­just­ment layer to add a lit­tle more life to the im­age.


COLOR LOOKUP Us­ing Color Lookup, with the Can­dle­light.CUBE op­tion, cre­ates a warm at­mos­phere and adds a matte fin­ish. Us­ing the mask, I’ll erase this ef­fect on the sub­ject, as I want her to stand out.


SE­LEC­TIVE COLOR My last step in the colour­ing process is to use the Se­lec­tive Color ad­just­ment layer. I mostly use the red and yel­low slid­ers to bring out more de­tail in the fo­liage.


CURVES AD­JUST­MENTS I use Curves to brighten spe­cific ar­eas of the im­age. For the curve, I drag up in the cen­tre to brighten, add one more point a lit­tle higher up the curve and drag it up to cre­ate con­trast.


LUMINOSITY CURVE I cre­ate an­other Curves layer and change the blend mode to Luminosity. I drag down in the cen­tre of the curve un­til I reach my de­sired look. I fin­ish by eras­ing the ef­fect in ar­eas I want to stand out.

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