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Day 2 of Great Social Media | Editing Colors

Today we will focus on brightening the colors of an image and adjusting temperature.  

 1. Saturation

Saturation is something you want to be careful with. It should not be overdone. Too much color makes a photo look unrealistic and fake. You want to dial in just enough color to make things pop, but any more than that will compromise the look of your image. As you can see here I brought the saturation of this image up by 85%. I know that sounds like an awful lot, especially because I just said not to over do it. But if you remember from yesterday, this image started out very  bland. Adding that much saturation is just enough to make it look natural, but keep in mind that is not always the case.   

Saturation is something you want to be careful with. It should not be overdone. Too much color makes a photo look unrealistic and fake. You want to dial in just enough color to make things pop, but any more than that will compromise the look of your image. As you can see here I brought the saturation of this image up by 85%. I know that sounds like an awful lot, especially because I just said not to over do it. But if you remember from yesterday, this image started out very  bland. Adding that much saturation is just enough to make it look natural, but keep in mind that is not always the case.

 

2. Warmth/Temperature

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Temparture is a setting where you can really go either way depending on the overall feel that you want the image to convey. For this photo I wanted everything to feel cold. This photo was taken in the winter and I want that to show. I dropped the warmth down by 40%. If I had brought the warmth up it would have brightened up the sunset in the sky, which would have looked nice. But it also added more brown and orange too the snow and trees which looked unnatural in this photo. 

3. Contrast  

 

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We talked about contrast in our lighting section yesterday. But contrast also effects saturation levels. Yesterday I brought it up by 30% to help add more depth to the trees, but with the saturation I just added that created too much depth.  So I checked contrast again and pulled it down to 10%. It is always good to doublecheck contast after color grading an image.  

That is all for today! Tune in tomorrow for sharpening, structure, and final touches. Follow Splash Influential on all our social channels to get an update on when that post goes live!

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