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Need help adjusting Golden-yellow colors.

New Here ,
May 05, 2021 May 05, 2021

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Hello, I took pictures with a Canon 550d of Mandalas painted with gold color. I didn't have good lighting, so I improvised using warm lamps...

When I see the pictures on Microsoft 'Photos' app, the colors look good for a second, and then it loads it properly and all the gold looks really yellow, mostly on the sides that were close to the lamps. When I open the photos on Photoshop, it instantly loads them properly and the picture is too yellow...

 

I tried to change the exposure, white balance, blacks, whites, highlights, etc.

Nothing worked for me!

Does anyone have a good idea of what I should try?? 

Thank you very much!!

I'm attaching pictures...IMG_0353.jpgIMG_0606.jpg

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May 05, 2021 May 05, 2021

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»When I see the pictures on Microsoft 'Photos' app«

Is that application Color Managed? 

Supposedly not, so you may want to stop referring to it. 

 

Have you tried Hue/Saturation or Selective Colors Adjustment Layers? 

 

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May 06, 2021 May 06, 2021

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Thank you very much for your reply!

It helps but doesn't get it to the real thing...but it is certainly much better than everything I've tried so far...

I'm attaching a picture of another mandala which is very similar, but this one I photographed with much better lighting, maybe you have an idea how can I edit the first one to get to this result?

Thank you!!!

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May 06, 2021 May 06, 2021

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If a Hue/Saruration Layer is not enough you may have to add a Curves Layer and ultimately use a Layer Mask; the green Channel seems to provide a decent basis. 

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May 07, 2021 May 07, 2021

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To compensate for your warm lights you need to add a gray card or gray scale to your setup. This way you can use the gray balance tool to graybalance your images to have a good starting point for any other corrections you may need to make. You can also purchase 5000k light bulbs at any large box retail store for a very reasonable price. I would suggest always adding a nutural gray card to these type of product photos as a reference point. You can purchase one on the web for a very resonable price. Hope this helps!

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May 07, 2021 May 07, 2021

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An alternate approach is to key into Google Images "gold color swatch",  where dozens of golds are displayed. Make a note of the values of a few that may be useful for testing. Set the color in the Color Picker and use its RGB value with a mask on the image (if necessary) to Edit > Fill with the sample Blending Mode set to Color.   

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May 08, 2021 May 08, 2021

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Thank you all! I will experiment with it more with your tips and we'll see what works best! (:

Thank you very much!!!

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