How To Change Color Tones in Photoshop

Photoshop has come to be synonymous with photo editing. Indeed the name is sometimes informally used as a verb. As in: "I'll photoshop you into the picture so that it looks like you were also there..." For manipulating images, there is nothing like the options offered in Photoshop. Changing the color tone of your photos is one of the easier types of editing you can do in this application. The guidelines given below apply to Adobe CS3 edition of the software.

  1. Open the photo in the application. Photoshop supports various digital image formats so this shouldn't be a problem. You can launch the program first then locate and load the photo or you can directly go to your photo image file, right click on it and choose 'Open with.' Choose Photoshop among the various possible programs listed in the contextual menu. This procedure applies to Windows-based PCs. You can actually simultaneously open several photos in Photoshop but you can only edit them one at a time. If you're editing more than one photo and want to apply a uniform color and tone change, it might be a good idea to write down the settings you will apply.
  2. Lower the photo's color saturation. The particular photo you wish to edit should be displayed in the application's main window. Go to the toolbar menu on top and click on 'Image.' On the drop-down list, click on the 'Adjustments' option. Another list will appear beside it, this time choose 'Hue/Saturation'. The pop-up window that will appear will contain three items with sliders and input box. Move the slider under Saturation towards the left to decrease the image color. Alternatively, you can type a negative number in the input box. You'll see the real-time effect of the changes you make on the photo in the main window. Click on OK once you achieve the desired result. Decreasing color saturation prepares the photo so that the color tone you'll add later on will dominate the image. 
  3. Add a color tone. Once again choose 'Image' from the top toolbar menu and then 'Adjustments' from the drop-down list. From the secondary list, choose 'Variations' this time. This is found on the bottom of that list. The Variations window will appear. On it you'll see three sets of copies of the photo. We'll only be concerned with biggest set that contains seven copies of the photo taking up most of the window's space and the one in right pane that contains three copies of the photo. Six of the seven copies of the photo in the biggest set represents the various color tones you can apply, successively labeled 'More Green,' 'More Yellow,' 'More Cyan,' 'More Red,' 'More Blue,' and 'More Magenta.' Repeatedly clicking on one copy will increase the color tone it represents. The seventh copy located in the center is labeled 'Current Pick' and works as a preview. The set of three copies located in the right pane can be used to lighten or darken the chosen color tone. The copy located on top is labeled 'Lighter' and the one at the bottom is labeled 'Darker.' The one in the middle is again labeled 'Current Pick.' Repeatedly clicking on either 'Lighter' or 'Darker' will add the stated effect. Finally there is a small slider found in the upper right corner of this Variations window. One end of the slider is labeled 'Fine' and the opposite end is labeled 'Coarse.' This pushing the slider to either end adjusts how grainy the picture will be with the chosen color tone.

What changes you'll apply will ultimately depend on your taste. So the procedures stated above will actually involve a lot of experimenting. So that you don't get stuck with a result you're not completely satisfied with use the 'Save As' command to make a different edited version of the photo and keep the original photo in its initial color scheme.


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