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Simple color pop??? or something else?
Old 06-20-2006, 09:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Allright..maybe this is a dumb question. I'm looking for a PS action that can give me some color pop similar to the links below.

http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/2...c%20cpyrt2.jpg
and this one:
http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/2...0/_DSC1892.jpg

Maybe it's not color pop? Maybe it's a burn? Any ideas would be great!

Thanks!
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Re: Simple color pop??? or something else?
Old 06-20-2006, 09:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi Nicole,
There are many different ways to make colors "pop" in PS. I'm sure there are actions for that somewhere..but I don't know where.
One thing I noticed about the two photo links is that they are quite different in appearance. The same action wouldn't give the same results in these photos.
The image of the candles could have been done by using blending modes.

The photo of the little boy was most likely shot in shade which gives the blue hue to the grey wood. And I suspect there was some work done with it involving "hue/saturation" to bring out the blue/cyan tones. And maybe some work done with "selective color".
Or, maybe I'm all wrong!
Maybe someone else will be able to help you with actions...
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Re: Simple color pop??? or something else?
Old 06-20-2006, 11:10 AM   #3 (permalink)
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thanks Dean!
You know I'm looking for the magic bullet...
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Re: Simple color pop??? or something else?
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Have you looked at pixelgenius photoshop plug-ins? There photokit color 2 may have what you want. You can download it for a 7 day trial. I use photokit sharpner all the time, it is a great product for me.

http://www.pixelgenius.com/

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Re: Simple color pop??? or something else?
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I would simply use a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and overdue the saturation slightly, then add a layer mask to paint down spots that are too bright. (or out of gamut-in PS goto the View menu at the top and turn on the Gamut Warning. This will show you which colors are too strong that a printer can not reproduce....without special inks anyhow.

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Old 07-25-2006, 02:47 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I use the FREE digitalvelvia action on:

http://www.thelightsrightstudio.com/...italVelvia.htm

It works wonders. However, be careful, sometimes it leaves skin tones a bit red so you need to play with the action a bit. It has multiple selections to choose from so try them all. I personally love the look and feel of Velvia +2 and if it makes too much redness, I then use the red/greens -1 action. Not bad for a free PS action.

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My advice, stop looking for a magic bullet. In many situations one option will work for a group of images but personally I find that every image needs it's own special "something", even if from the same shoot as many other images. Learn how to use the Hue/Saturation tools and various blend modes and when you find something that works for you consistently then make your own action for it because chances are, you'll waste a lot of time on a lot of actions that come close to what you want but which don't do what you want.
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