Imagine an Instagram feed filled with a wild set of vibrant colors. Beautiful right? But when you look at the pictures in the albums on your iPhone or Android phone, they are just too boring to pull off the dynamic look. There is no doubt that colorful images are more conspicuous than boring, so how do you get your photos abundant with vivid color? Answer: Add it to the post.
A photo, even with the right settings, does not usually capture the vibration we see in reality. With Adobe Photoshop Express, you can make the color of a photo a more real-life effect, or you can maximize the color for a magical look, with more life than ever possible. [1
Note that Adobe's mobile PS Express is available for both iOS and Android. If you already have it, be sure to update it before continuing.
Step 1: Adjust the temperature and tone
First open the PS Express and select your image. Then tap the Adjustments tab in the lower toolbar and scroll until you reach "Temperature" a "Tone". On an iPhone, you can jump directly to these color tools by tapping the "Color" tab above the available adjustment tools.
Temperature and hue change both the color of a photo based on color perception. The cone in our eyes helps us perceive the color in red, blue and green, and we see the differences between these colors to get other colors in the visible spectrum. These are spectral colors, but there are also non-spectral colors like magenta that we perceive by mixing blues and reds without any greens. For the sake of simplicity, in human chromaticity, the temperature goes from blue to orange horizontally, while the tint covers from green over the line to purple below.
The temperature of a photo refers to the amount of blue or yellow / orange in the image. When an image is taken, the temperature can change naturally. For example, an image taken at dawn will have a warm temperature that is yellow or orange and a photo taken under fluorescent lighting will have a cold temperature that is blue.
The color of a photo refers to the amount of magenta or green light displayed. Color is not often used in corrections, as a photo only needs such a type of adjustment when taken under gas emission lighting, such as neon lighting. However, the PS Express spark plug can be used differently by increasing the color of your photo. This is the fun part of the work with color adjustments!
When you press the "Temperature" adjustment tool, adjust the slider above it to your liking, from blue to the far left to yellow at the far right. The same is true for "Tint", but at the far left is green and at the far right is magenta. When you reinforce color, there is no right or wrong way to do it. Just play with the sliders until you find something you are happy with.
Step 2: Adjust Vibrance & Saturation
"Vibrance" and "Saturation" will show the intensity of the color without changing the tones. Saturation affects the overall intensity of the color in your image, where it saturates and improves all colors in the image equally. Vibrance uses smart tools to only increase the areas in the image that lack saturation and leave the already saturated parts alone so that the color increase becomes less hard.
Press the "Vibrance" slider, just to the right of the adjustment tool discussed above, then move the slider above it left or right. The left will decrease the color intensity of the weak saturation areas while the right will increase the areas. To adjust all colors at once, press "Saturation" and adjust the slider left to remove all colors or right to exaggerate them.
You can switch back and forth between the two tools until you find the look you want to go for. Also, do not be afraid to return to "Temperature" and "Color" to make adjustments as needed.
When you are satisfied with the adjustments you have made, do not forget to save your picture. If you think you might want to use the same adjustments again, save this look to your own presets and use it over and over again.