WATCH: How to Create Eye-Catching Contrast in Photoshop

January 23, 2019

By Greg Scoblete

Coaxing contrast from your photos can enhance the tone and highlight details, and generally inject a bit more drama into your image.

There are a number of software tools for emphasizing contrast but in this tutorial, Unmesh Dinda of PIXimperfect walks you through a pair of Photoshop blend modes that give you some poppy, colorful contrast.



Some key takeaways:

  • Start with a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer.
  • Select the Color Burn option from the Blend Mode menu.
  • Leave the opacity of the Color Burn layer at 100 percent but lower the fill to reclaim detail in your photo.
  • Create a second Hue/Saturation layer.
  • Select the Color Dodge option from the Blend Mode.
  • Again, decrease the fill of the Color Dodge layer. Leave opacity alone.
  • You can pump up the colors by going into the Hue/Saturation layer and increasing the color saturation.


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