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Boost colour tones in under 4 simple steps!

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Tips & Tutorials, by Mark White
October 1, 2014

Make colour a bigger part of your image…

1. Sponge to start

Select the Sponge tool (beneath Dodge and Burn). Once it’s selected, you can hit O to quickly jump to it. Press Cmd/Ctrl+J to duplicate the background.

2. Clipping control

In the Options bar, set the Sponge to 200px with Hardness: 0%, Mode: Saturate and Flow: 60%. Also tick the Vibrance box to prevent over-saturation.

3. Brushed colour

Paint over the subject and any areas lacking colour to bring saturation back to normal. Apply the brush in strokes to control the changes. Lower the Flow to apply more subtle colour to areas, if needed.

4. Blend layers

Watch out for colour banding; this occurs when the Sponge is applied too heavily. Apply the changes to a duplicate layer, so you can lower Opacity to fade the effect and try blend modes like Saturation.