Creating punchy colour using the PS Channel Mixer

posted on 5th of november, 2010

So here is a controlled way of pushing colour to your liking using an adjustment layer and the Channel Mixer.
Ensure your image has the correct white balance and tones before proceeding.
1. I like to always duplicate the background. (Ctrl+J - windows)
2. From the Layers pallet, go to the bottom choose the "Create new fill or adjustment layer" button and choose > Channel Mixer.
3. The Channel Mixer window opens on your red output channel, here you dial in +144% red; -20% green and blue.
4. Go to the green output channel dropdown and make Green +144% and red and blue -20%.
5. Go to the blue output channel dropdown and make your blue source channel +144% and the red and green source channels -20% each. Click on OK.
6. You now have a Channel Mixer layer added to your duplicate...

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Comments (6)

Posted by Mikefoto on November 09, 2010
Remember apply sparingly!
Posted by Thanatonautii on November 06, 2010
I`m gonna try this one! Thanks for sharing!
Posted by Ziprashantzi on November 06, 2010
What a trick! I tried it works better than Hue-Saturation and noise is also under control. Thank you!

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