Hey Guys! Welcome to another very cool Lightroom Tutorial were we are going to explore the inner working of that program we love known as Lightroom and see what magic we can create with it using presets in Lightroom. Then, we’ll be taking our final edited image and move it across to Photoshop to create some interesting summer lighting effects.
Today, I want to take a look at images of Autumn and see how we can change it to look more like the summer. First, install the Lightroom presets so we can do the editing. So, there are reasons why I’m doing this, first because I just want to and second because imagine you are in a situation were you take Images for a wedding or whatever event, and for some reason the event was supposed to happen in the summer but it had to be moved forward and unfortunately by the time the images had been taken it was already Autumn, so there were leaves fallen and the green Colors had almost totally disappeared, let alone the bright sun 🙁
So in this tutorial, I’m going to have the answer to that and you’ll also know why you should use Lightroom to edit photos.
I just want to point out that if there was people or other objects that I would have to do some masking, but for this, I’m just going to keep it very simple and just use the normal image.
Check out the image below that I’ll be using.
As you can see for an Autumn picture this looks great, beautiful colors and that nice little bit of mist at the top of the path, great, but how can we change this to summer!
The Tools that we will be using today is a combination of two, so normally I would just go to my HSL tab and start to play around with the individual colors sliders.
So in that section, you have 3 further sections, ‘Hue’ which is your base color, so red, green etc
Then you have ‘Saturation‘ this is where you can either make the color ridiculous bright and unrealistic looking or go the opposite way with the slider and start to drain the color out of the image making it a more grey looking color, this section is good for dulling a color down darkening it and making it look more off in the distance when you drain the color out and then lighten it, but we’ll not get into that to detailed as that can be an entire tutorial all by itself, ha I had to add that in there as I’m starting to paint again and this has been something I’ve been looking at that works both for art and photography, BUT! anyway…
Then we have ‘Luminance’ which is like or the same sort of as ‘Vibrance’ in Photoshop, so what this will do is to Brighten your color or darken it down.
The problem with this is that it picks out just one color, and just changes that one color to darker lighter or saturated, and we want to change the color totally.
So to do that we have to use Camera Calibration in combination with the HSL tab.
Ok so now wait to you see how fast you can do this.
First I’m going to grab the Blue Primary slider down at the bottom right-hand side there and I’m going to move it all the way to the right-hand side until it hits +100, and already you will see a huge change in the image, everything that was Autumn or just about has now taken on a beautiful green color, amazing!
So you will now be seeing an image that more resembles a summer looking forest, but there is still a few things we can do, especially if your image is like mine and some of those leaves didn’t fully convert to Green and there’s still some pesky Autumn colored leaves there, to be fair it’s not really such a big deal but it would be nice to fully convert the entire image wouldn’t it? 🙂
The way I’m going to counter that is to go to the Red Primary and move the slider of that to the right until I see the Red nearly disappear or totally disappear, just be careful that it doesn’t look too unreal which can happy, so to neutralist that a little I’m just going to slide the Saturation of the Red Primary to the left a little just to drain that color a little.
Also, the Green is a bit too strong too.
I also see that the trunks of the tree and now a little bit too blue for my liking, so what are we going to do?…I’m guessing you got it, we are going to go to the HSL section again and start to play with the colors now that we have replaced the Autumn Reds with the Greens.
So my only real advice here because there will generally be a difference between every picture you do. What I did here was I had one rule, it has to look real! so I went through each slider and just through trial and error I went through each color just to see how it would look, if it was too bright I brought the saturation down.
I did concentrate on the tree a good bit too, I felt the trunks were too purple and blue, so I brought the saturation down a good bit, if you look at a lot of trees in real life, they’re not brown as such, but they lean heavily towards grey.
Cool! I’ve very happy with how the image has turned out.
Next, I’m going to save my image so I can open it up in Photoshop.
To save in Lightroom, you have to Library, you find this tab at the top right-hand side beside Develop.
Then you click on Export at the bottom left.
Choose the Folder you want to save your file in, and then click on Export.
Now you will be able to find your file where you saved it to and open it up in Photoshop so we can add the lighting effects.
Ok first up in Photoshop is to create a new layer, so go to Layer – New – Layer
Then use the Paint Bucket Tool to fill it in with Black by choosing Black and then clicking on your image.
Next go to Filter – Render – Lens Flare
By clicking on the little cross mark in your Lens Flare Thumbnail you can change the direction of the light to fit the direction the light is coming in on your image, I also just chose first option and left it at 100%
Then in to the right in your layers panel you will see beside Opacity the word Normal, click on that to open up the drop down with all the Blend Mode options and choose Screen.
Now keying in on your keyboard Ctrl+T you will be able to adjust the effect layer.
You can also reduce it’s opacity so it doesn’t look too bright and that’s that!
So hopefully you’re happy with your image, yeah you could do a few more things, like I could maybe fix up the path so there’s no fallen leaves but for now we’re good.