photoshop friday: turning yellow grass green

by Lisa Harrison

Tired of neon grass? I’m going to show you how to turn it green in Photoshop today!

Question:

The question this week was posed by CM member,  Ali who asked:  “I would LOVE to know how to get nice rich, deep green grass, leaves, etc . It seems like no matter what I do mine turn neon or yellow or washed out, even if  they were dark and rich in real life. “.

Answer:

Grass and foliage has a tendency to go yellow or “neon” or “nuclear”. One fairly easy way to fix this is to head to the adjustment panel and click on the hue/saturation icon.

photoshop friday: turning yellow grass green photo

Here you can adjust the hue/saturation/lightness of the entire image or you can click on master and target individual colors. The hue slider changes the values of our colors, the saturation slider adjusts the intensity of our colors  (increased to right and decreased to left) and lightness adjusts the luminance or our colors.

photoshop friday: turning yellow grass green photo

photoshop friday: turning yellow grass green photo

Many people think “green grass” so they head to green to make adjustments but they don’t see the changes they hoped for. That is because more often than naught, it’s the yellow giving you the problem. So the first place I head for is yellow in the dropdown menu.

In this case I adjusted the hue to +10, this changed the overall color values. Next I adjusted the saturation slider to -10. This decreased the saturation. Lastly, I decreased the lightness to -15. This made the color deeper.

photoshop friday: turning yellow grass green photo

I always check the greens too. In this case, I only adjusted the lightness of green to -60.

photoshop friday: turning yellow grass green photo

I masked back my daughter just to be sure my correction wasn’t  affecting her. If you’re unfamiliar with masking you can refer to last week’s Photoshop Friday post.

photoshop friday: turning yellow grass green photo

And here we have the results:

Before:

photoshop friday: turning yellow grass green photo

After adjusting the hue/saturation/luminance of the yellow:

photoshop friday: turning yellow grass green photo

Final image after adjusting the lightness of the green:

photoshop friday: turning yellow grass green photo

And there you have it!  The grass may not always be greener on the other side but you sure can fake it!

photoshop friday: turning yellow grass green photoLisa Harrison, Vermont
CMU Instructor, CMpro
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As CM’s Photoshop expert, it’s only fitting that Lisa is the instructor for the Shooting 104: Intro to Natural Light, Processing 101: Photoshop Fundamentals for Photographers, and Processing 201: Intermediate Photoshop for Photographers workshops. Speaking of her photography journey, Lisa says, “when my son was born I became hooked on photography. I wanted to capture everything I could. When he napped, I read about photography and taught myself photoshop. My husband bought me my first DSLR in 2004 and the rest is history.” With her Canon 5d mark III and various lenses, mostly primes, she enjoys lifestyle photography with bright clean processing and natural skin tones but equally loves black and whites. Living in Vermont with her husband, two children, and black lab Lucy, Lisa loves skiing and boating. Family, friends, Starbucks, her camera and computer are among her list of must haves.

Interested in learning more from Lisa? Registration is currently open for her Photoshop workshop so grab a seat while there’s still some left!

photoshop friday: turning yellow grass green photo

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