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How to saturate/edit parts of a photo

Community Beginner ,
May 23, 2023 May 23, 2023

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hi there, can you please tell me how to increase the colour saturation/edit a certain mask (the parts circled red) - specifically in this case, I have created a new layer/mask of the food in the bowls on the screen, but there doesn't seem to be any way to only edit the colour of the food since it currently looks a bit washed out. can you explain how please?

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May 23, 2023 May 23, 2023

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It looks like you have the food on a separate layer and isolated (I can see the transparency around the food items. You can also select them and make a layer mask to isolate them). 

 

Next, I would suggest adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer. Click on the middle icon at the bottom of the Layers panel and select Hue/Saturation. The adjustment layer will affect all layers below it unless you clip it to just the food layer. To make a clipping mask with the adjustment layer, select the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and go to Layer > Create Clipping Mask--you can also Alt (Windows) or Option (macOS) + click between the adjustment layer and the layer below it to create the clipping mask.

 

Then with the Hue/Saturation thumbnail (not the layer mask for it) selected, go to the Properties panel (Window > Properties) and drag the Saturation slider to the right to increase the saturation.

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Community Beginner ,
May 24, 2023 May 24, 2023

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hey thanks for your comments! i followed your steps however, I cannot seem to only adjust the saturation of the layer mask I have created a clipping of. 

 

as you can see, I followed your steps and tried to move the saturation slider and unfortunately it is saturating everything, not only the food bowls.

 

what do you advise please?

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Mentor ,
May 24, 2023 May 24, 2023

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Unclip the bowl layer, then clip Hue back into bowl. Ps doesn't support nested clipping, but it should. 

Or you can also tap ctrl/cmd-U to add a Hue adjustment as a smart filter to the Bowl layer.

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Community Beginner ,
May 24, 2023 May 24, 2023

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hey sorry i don't know what you mean "unclip the bowl layer" - would you mind explaining what this is? sorry beginner in photoshop so I don't know what any of this means.

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cmd-U worked! but can you please explain what this is I have done without using hotkeys?

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