Step 4: Make Final Color And Tone Adjustments

Now increase color saturation and try to add some "punch" to the image to make the cabin stand out from the background.

■ As we are not particularly concerned about posterization in this image (having used the Poster Edges effect), choose Image ^ Adjustments ^ Auto Color (Shift+Ctrl+B) to improve the tonal range of each of the three color channels (red, green, and blue).

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■ Choose Image ^ Adjustments ^ Hue/ Saturation (Ctrl+U) to get the Hue/Saturation dialog box shown in Figure 31.6. Set Hue to 0, Saturation to 25, and Lightness to 0. Click OK to apply the settings.

■ The image now needs some punch, so increase contrast and brightness. Choose Image ^ Adjustments ^ Curves to get the Curves dialog box.

■ Click once in the top half of the line to set a point. In the Input box, type 158 and in the Output box type 168.

■ Click in the top half of the line to set a second point. In the Input box, type 100 and in the Output box, type 83.

■ The Curves dialog box now looks like the one shown in Figure 31.7.

■ Click OK to apply the settings.

■ Choose Layer ^ Duplicate Layer to get the Duplicate Layer dialog box; click ok. Choose Filter ^ Blur ^ Gaussian Blur. Set Radius

to 4.0 and click ok. Click in the Blend Mode box in the Layers palette and select Luminosity as the blend mode. Set Opacity to 40%. Select Layer >-Flatten Image.

That completes this image and this technique — that is unless you are inclined to do some more tweaking. If changing colors is your objective, I suggest you try Hue/Saturation. Using the Hue/Saturation command you can make global changes to the colors by using the Master channel as we just did, or you can click in the Edit box and select Reds,Yellows, Greens, Cyans, Blues, or Magentas to adjust each color independently. If you make a few adjustments and you want to start all over, press Alt and the Cancel button changes to Reset. Click Reset to reset all the settings.

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