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Old 07-07-2009, 12:05 PM
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Increasing Saturation Technique

I've been wanting to find a technique that would increase overall saturation, but in a good way (if that makes sense).

I found a way that I think is in the right direction, may not be best, but it's a start.

Try the following...

1. Duplicate image to a new layer
2. Desaturate duplicated image layer
3. Apply Image
-SOURCE
--Layer: Background
--Channel RGB
-TARGET
--Blending: Subtract
OK
4. Go to your Channels and Apple select the RGB channel to make a mask
5. Go back to your layers and delete your Applied Image layer
6. With the mask still active create an Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
7. Increase saturation to taste

Like I said this route needs to be perfected but it's going somewhere - anyone like to comment / offer suggestions?
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Old 07-07-2009, 12:21 PM
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Re: Increasing Saturation Technique

How about a before/after of your image using your process
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Old 07-07-2009, 12:30 PM
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Re: Increasing Saturation Technique

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I've been wanting to find a technique that would increase overall saturation, but in a good way (if that makes sense).
What do you mean by "good way"? What are you trying to accomplish?
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Old 07-07-2009, 12:55 PM
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Re: Increasing Saturation Technique

Well if you were to simply apply a Hue / Saturation adjustment layer over the entire image and increase saturation the difference feels cheap. So in a sense, and sorry if words fail me here, I want to only bring out the good colors.

I do not want to bring out color in shadows because that would lead to color casts. Obviously you want to color correct your image in the first place before increasing saturation. And then I do not think I would want to increase saturation in the highlights because you really want to leave those alone as well.

So for me, its finding the correct mask to increase saturation to.
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Old 07-07-2009, 01:03 PM
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Re: Increasing Saturation Technique

Sounds interesting, would love to see the result. And if you ever create an action for it I'd love to try it out.
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Old 07-07-2009, 01:09 PM
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Re: Increasing Saturation Technique

I just provided the process, probably takes 2 mins... are none of you willing to actually try it and then comment?
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Old 07-07-2009, 01:11 PM
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Re: Increasing Saturation Technique

Here is a before and after...
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File Type: jpg Before.jpg (43.6 KB, 187 views)
File Type: jpg After.jpg (47.3 KB, 181 views)
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Old 07-07-2009, 02:10 PM
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Re: Increasing Saturation Technique

If you are using Photoshop the easiest and most accurate way would be to use Luminosity masks as described here: http://www.goodlight.us/writing/lumi...tymasks-1.html

Amica has made an action to make available ALL the Luminosity masks, available here: http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/blogs/amica999/ (as the action runs there might be a Pop-Up that states that "No pixels are more than 50% selected" just keep clicking OK when it shows up)

With this action Luminosity masks are created for Lights, Darks and Midtones. To use the mask: Control-Click on the mask you want in the channel pallet and back in the Layers palette add a new Curves Adjustment layer OR whichever adjustment Layer you want to use- this will load the selection in the AL mask. Now you can adjust your tones.
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Old 07-07-2009, 02:31 PM
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Re: Increasing Saturation Technique

Off topic, but I love that St. Vincent album.
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Old 07-07-2009, 03:18 PM
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Re: Increasing Saturation Technique

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If you are using Photoshop the easiest and most accurate way would be to use Luminosity masks as described here: http://www.goodlight.us/writing/lumi...tymasks-1.html
@Badly
I am well aware of making luminosity masks and Tony's tutorials; they are the opposite of what I am wanting to make, if you read my post. I do not want to increase color saturation in shadows or lights.

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