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3 Ways To Create Popping Colors in Photoshop

3 easy ways to get your colors to pop inside of photoshop! Photoshop and editing tips for portrait photographers looking to pop the color of their photos!

Looking to get the colors to POP in your photos! There are a few ways to do this inside of Photoshop and today, I wanna teach you 3 straightforward and easy techniques to get your photos to pop! Use on two are all three of these tips to achieve the look you want! Watch the tutorial below for best understanding or keep on reading!


Use the vibrance slider to pull out the muted colors in your picture. Unlike the saturation slider which will saturate ALL the colors in your photo, the vibrance slider helps find those colors that need that extra bit of saturation. This alone will definitely give your pictures that extra bit of POP!


For an all over pop of colors, create a levels adjustment layer. You’re not really going to do anything to the “levels” part of this at all, but rather change the blend mode to “soft light”. The only drawback to this is that it may make your subject pop out too much too. To decrease the popping look on your subject either decrease your opacity or brush your subject off with a soft black brush on the layer mask.



This technique I love because it targets individual colors to help them pop in your photo. Create a selective color adjustment layer. From the dropdown menu choose the color you want to target. use the sliders to add in more of that color (and like colors) to achieve the color pop look you want! You can repeat this with each color you’d like to pop out more!

Give a try and see how your colors will pop out! Make sure to post it for us over in the Cozy Clicks Facebook group too so that I can see what your created! (Don’t have FB? You can also tag me on Instagram @cozyclicks so I can see too! I’d love that!)

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3 Super easy ways to get the color to pop in your images using Photoshop! Simple techniques for portrait editing to get the colors to pop! Learn how here!
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  • Christina GuntonJuly 30, 2020 - 1:38 pm

    Wow just tried your soft light layer technique and I am blown away. Thank you!!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Ann BlevinsJuly 28, 2020 - 12:59 pm

    Always love watching your video tips   The luminance slider is one I had never thought up.   Always learn something new from your videos.  Thank you EmilyReplyCancel

  • FabricioJuly 28, 2020 - 10:35 am

    Muito bom !!ReplyCancel

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