How to edit a outdoor portrait:


Open your image in Photoshop and follow the steps below to create this effect:

  1. First, start by creating a “New Curve Adjustment layer”. Adjust your curve slider to your liking, I personally like to adjust ‘all’ the channels.
  2. Then create a “Selective color Adjustment layer” to change some color in your image. Adjust the ‘red, yellow and black color’ to your liking, you can also adjust other colors to see which suits your image.
  3. Next, go to your “channels tab” (next to layers tab). Remember to select your ‘image layer’ before you change. On the ‘channels tab’ select “green channel” then ‘cntrl + a’ to select all and go to “edit, copy merged”, then select your ‘rgb layer’, go back to “layers” and paste on top. You can then set your “blending mode” to ‘soft light, screen or leave on normal’ , then lower the opacity on the layer to the effect you like.
  4. When you are done with the channels, create a “New Adjustment layer”, “color balance”. Adjust your “midtones, shadows & highlights” accordingly to your liking. I usually toggle back and forth with the sliders until I am happy with the effect.
  5. Again, create a “New Adjustment Layer”,Gradient map and select the ‘purple & orange gradient’, to boost a bit more color, set the layer’s “blending mode” to “soft light or color” and lower the opacity.
  6. Lastly, use your “brush tool” and brush some “color” onto the image, use a light color, like ‘white and soft orange’ and paint over the area you want to, lower the opacity of the layers and change the “blending mode” to “screen, soft light or color” as you would like to finish the look.

This is a time-saver and speed edit I like to do in Photoshop to create a warm & colorful outdoor portrait,  I used a stock image to show the before and after effect for this speed edit. Remember you can go into more details and play around with other color effects, etc. “,