Using a Solid Color Layer to Enhance Photos

As a photographer, I tend to stick to the same post processing on all my photos. For one, this saves time as I know what needs to happen. However, I come across some photos that need the colors enhanced to match what I saw while taking the photo. One way to do this is to use the Hue/Saturation layer in Photoshop or Lightroom. If you add too much saturation, many colors become blotchy especially blue skies.

I recently learned a new technique by using Solid Color layers in Photoshop. This allows you to enhance the colors, keep the detail, and leave out the blotches. To use the Solid Color layer properly, luminosity masks are needed to isolate the color and area you want. I use a program called Raya Pro but there are many programs out there to use so find the one that works the best for your needs.

Here is the video on how I use this technique to enhance the colors on my photos. Thanks for watching.

 Image taken near Lake Wenatchee this fall. Enhanced using Solid Color Layers.

Image taken near Lake Wenatchee this fall. Enhanced using Solid Color Layers.