Enhancing Color and Tone by Using Photoshop
I write this tutorial for everyone who like editing tone in Photoshop. In this tutorial I just use one curve layer adjustment to achieve the result (like above), simple way as usual. In this tutorial I just limit for some photographs which almost same for the tone and color balance (for all sample photographs here, I just try to enhance the tone to a little bit combination of pink and purple). Of course, after you read this tutorial maybe you can try to enhance the tone to specific color depends on the mood and theme of your photographs.
1. Open your photograph in Photoshop.
For this tutorial I use this photo, I took this photo with 5D Mark II + EF 200mm f/2L IS.
2. Add curve adjustment layer and adjust curve in red channel.
After you add curve adjustment layer, you will see curve adjustment layer box. Just change RGB to Red channel and make the curve like this one (you need one lower point and one higher point: for lower point you can adjust output: 70 and input:60 , for higher point you can adjust output: 200 and input: 180). Of course you can modify the number depend on specific color you want to enhance, for this example I just want to enhance pink and purple tone.
The result after step 2:
3. Adjust curve in green channel.
Using the same curve adjustment layer, just change the channel to green. I just make the curve with one point for green channel (adjust the output: 190 and input: 180).
The result after step 3:
4. Adjust curve in blue channel.
Using the same curve adjustment layer, just change the channel to blue. For this channel, I adjust the curve like the picture below (for lower point you can adjust output: 100 and input: 80, for higher point you can adjust output: 190 and input: 190).
Result after step 4:
5. Adjust RGB channel (final step)
I just add this step to make the photographs brighter. Simply just change back the channel to RGB and make the curve like the picture below (adjust the output: 135 and input: 120).
Before and After Comparison:
Other Examples (edited with the similar way) :
Photo 1 – before :
Photo 1 – after :
Photo 2 – before :
Photo 2 – after:
In the end of this tutorial I just hope you can learn something from this tutorial. Maybe you have a question about how to adjust the curve (and how to determine the points in curve) to get specific result that you want. Simply you will know how to modify the curve to get specific result by trial & error. For sure, after several trials you will know the characteristic of the curve and you will know how to modify it to get specific result.