Make your pictures POP with all that color and jazz

Say you have a neat picture, and you are not digging the color so much: I HAVE A SOLUTION! (An easy one, at that)

There is a way to take a boring photo and create an interesting color scheme by using another photo with colors you desire. This is using the “match color” option, originally designed to make two photos look like they were taken at the same time and place – I discovered ways to use it to make wild scenarios.

FIRST: Find a picture with an interesting color scheme – one that makes you drool a bit, but not so much you lick your computer. This could be anything from a famous work of art to an apple bursting with red energy. Open this picture in Photoshop.Screen Shot 2013-10-02 at 10.05.17 PM

SECOND: Find a dull picture that could use a splash of color; also open this photo.

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THIRD: Click though these menus: Image > Adjustments > Match Color.

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This will open a box with a couple of settings to make your picture rock… or suck. Click on Source and select the vivid picture you selected to grace color upon your dull photo.

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Three settings in there are Fade, Luminance, and Color Intensity. The Luminance setting adjusts the effect’s brightness. The Color Intensity setting adjusts the effect’s color saturation. (Be sure to have the preview box checked to see what this effect is doing to your picture).

LAST: When it looks all good, hit ok and BAM! You made a thing!

Before

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After

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Some links that helped me form coherent thoughts:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/incredibly-simple-photoshop-hacks-everyone-should-know (Number 5)

http://www.peachpit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=706213

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