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Boost up picture colors

We're going to make a picture look a bit more lively by enhancing the contrast and colors.

 
  Author: mat | Version: | 22nd September 2011 |  
 
 
1.
 

Ope the picture you want to boost up a little.

 
 
2.
 

Press Ctrl + J to create a new layer.

 
 
3.
 

Set the blending more of the layer to Overlay.

 
 
4.
 

This way you boosted up the picture contrast.

 
 
5.
 

Choose the gradient tool (see picture).

 
 
6.
 

Press D to select black for the foreground and white for background color.

 
 
7.
 

Choose the Foreground to transparent gradient (see picture)

 
 
8.
 

Select Linear Gradient (see picture).

 
 
9.
 

And draw a straight vertical line from the top to the about 1/3 of the picture (see picture).

 
 
10.
 

The picture looks much better now.

You can do the step 9 once more if you want even more distinct sky.

 
 
11.
 

And the original picture for the comparison.

 
 
 
   
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