A Change of Season

Unlike many, I love this time of year. The crisp morning walks, the beautiful colours, warm coats & boots, hearty meals, warm towels and the smell of bonfires. It’s perfect!

So, I thought I would set myself a challenge to change a sunny summer woodland scene to a rich rusty autumn one. Here’s how I did it…

There were a few issues to tackle.

The lighting – with the sun lower in the sky and the clouds closing in, the light from the bright sunshine in the original image needed taming. Tweaking both the brightness and contrast down on a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer reduced the difference between the brightest light and the darkest shadow and gave the effect of a cloudy day.

The colour – I then used a hue/saturation layer to isolate specific colour groups and change them accordingly.

To do this, start a new Hue/Saturation layer, select the mask option, then ‘Color Range’. This opens a new window that shows the areas of your chosen colour ranges as you select them in the image. With each click, more white areas should appear within the black rectangle. You can use the plus and minus eye dropper tools to add and remove colour ranges as you see fit. The fuzziness is basically the tolerance which can also be adjusted to refine your selection.

Once you have your selection you can return to your Hue/Saturation layer and adjust the Hue toggle to change the colour, the Saturation toggle to adjust the vibrancy of the colour and the Lightness toggle to adjust…well…the lightness.

For the finishing touches, I used a leaf brush to add a few extra fallen leaves at ground level.

So, there you have it…changing the seasons on Photoshop.

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