Beware of banding

When you are making hue/saturation adjustments that affect underling gradient fill layers, proceed with caution. Extreme adjustments that vastly alter hue and/or saturation will increase the visible banding in the underlying gradient layer. So try to make gentle adjustments and if you want to drastically alter the colors within the gradient, it is best to edit the fill content of the gradient layer itself, rather than using an adjustment layer on top of it.

10 I Now, to saturate the colors within the entire background a little more, create a new hue/ saturation adjustment layer from the create new fill or adjustment layer menu at the bottom of the layers palette. Simply increase the saturation by 10 and click OK. This little adjustment helps quite a bit without being so drastic that it has adverse effects within the gradient. With your new adjustment layer targeted in the layers palette, shift-click on the gradient layer to target all of the layers that make up the background. Choose>Layer>New>Group from layers from the menu to group them.

11 I Temporarily disable the visibility of your new group and enable the visibility of the white overlay layer once again by clicking in the column to the left of each layer in the layers palette. We'll enable the visibility of the background group again later on, but for now it will simply get in the way of creating the figure. Select the pen tool. In the tool options bar, set it to create paths instead of shape layers, and enable the add to path area option. Use the pen tool to carefully create a large, closed path component that surrounds the figure in the underlying photograph.

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