In an earlier lesson we covered temperature color correction and used the temperature slider. This time we won’t be using a contrast slider for a simple fix. There is a contrast option in lightroom and photoshop. There are plugins that have contrast options. We won’t be using those either. We are going into photoshop and choosing the color balance adjustment tool. This looks like a balance on the right side in the adjustment options.
How does this help us add contrast?
Contrast is the noticeable difference between lights and darks. We can adjust contrast by adjusting light temperature. In an effort to keep this really simple we are going to focus on highlights and shadows. We will treat highlights as our warm target and our shadows are our cool target.
Open the color balance adjustment and select highlights under the tones tab. Slide the tope slider, cyan/red, and move it towards red. This probably doesn’t look right. So slide the yellow/blue slider toward yellow an EQUAL amount. Now your highlights should be balanced. Adjust as you see fit but make sure both sliders moved an equal amount.
Now we are going to adjust the shadows. We will essentially do the opposite. Slide the cyan/red slider toward cyan and the yellow/blue slider toward blue. Now, consider that we don’t only need to match the movement of the two sliders but we also need to match the highlights and shadows. So make sure all of the sliders are moved the same amount.
Ok we set a rule, keep all of the sliders moved the same amount. Now don’t be afraid to break the rule and adjust as you see fit. These are your images, do what you want!
Thanks to the lovely Cat Meerlo featured in the above images.