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How to Make Colors POP in Affinity Photo

How to Make Colors POP in Affinity Photo


Hello and welcome to an
Affinity Revolution tutorial! My name is Ezra Anderson and today we’re going to make
the colors pop in this photo. If you’d like to follow along with the same image that I’ll be using, I’ve included a download link
in the video description. (upbeat music) To make the colors pop in this picture, the first thing we’re going to do is apply a Vibrance adjustment layer. To do this, we’ll come
to the Adjustments icon and then scroll down and select Vibrance. A Vibrance adjustment layer
allows you to saturate the most muted colors in your picture. To see this, we just need to
bring the Vibrance slider up. To see how this adjustment
is affecting our picture, I’m going to exit out of this dialogue box and then check it off and
on inside the layers panel. The next adjustment we’re going to apply is an HSL adjustment. The shortcut to apply this
is Command or Control U. With this adjustment, we can saturate all of
the colors in our picture. All you need to do is bring
up the Saturation slider. Just be careful not to bring
this slider up too high, or the colors in your picture will start to look a little strange. I’m going to reset this HSL adjustment so our picture is looking normal again. If you want even more control over which colors you’re
saturating in your photo, you can change the HSL
adjustment from Master to any of these color channels. Let’s go into the red
channel, so we can target how saturated the reds
will be in this picture. As I bring up the Saturation slider, you’ll notice that only the
reds are being affected. Next, I’m going to come
into the yellows channel. Then we can target exactly how
saturated the yellows become. We can continue this process and go through each color
channel to target exactly how saturated that
color is in the picture. When you’re satisfied with
how saturated your picture is, you can exit out of the HSL adjustment. Finally, we want to add
some brightness and contrast to the picture. There’s two ways that we can do this. The first way is to add a Brightness and Contrast
adjustment layer. To do this, all we need to is
come to the Adjustments icon and then select Brightness and Contrast. Then you can bring up the
brightness and contrast as much as you want. This adjustment layer is fairly powerful and extremely easy to use, but I want to show you
an even more advanced way to target exactly how
bright and contrasted your picture becomes. First though, we’re going to exit out of this Brightness and Contrast and then delete it by pressing
Delete on the keyboard. Then, we’re going to apply
a Curves adjustment layer by pressing Command or Control M. Using the Curves adjustment
layer, we’re going to click and drag somewhere up here on the spline and bring it up. As we bring the spline up, we’re making our picture brighter and because we’re bringing
this part of the spline up, we’re particularly
targeting the highlights. If we come down here, then we’ll be targeting
the shadows in the picture. Rather than making the
shadows brighter though, let’s make them darker. We can do this by clicking and dragging to bring the spline down. At first glance, the Curves
adjustment just seems like a more complicated Brightness
and Contrast adjustment, but although it is more difficult, it gives you greater flexibility. Now we can target exactly
how dark the shadows become and exactly how bright
the highlights become. Just click and drag on these circles to move them up and down to target exactly how bright and dark the colors in your picture become. That’s looking good to me, so I’m going to exit out
of my Curves adjustment. If you ever want to go back and refine any of your adjustments, just double click on their icon over here. Then you can continue
refining the adjustment inside this dialogue box and exit out whenever you’re done. You might also decide
one of your adjustments is a little too strong. In that case, you can
always lower the opacity of the layer by clicking and dragging on the word opacity. To see a before and after, just click on the top layer and then hold down Shift and click on the first
adjustment layer that you made. Then we can turn them all off to see the original picture and turn them back on to see our photo with its new, popping colors. You now have all the skills you need to give your pictures beautiful colors.

Comments (42)

  1. Yet another amazing tutorial, Keep it up!

  2. i like using LAB color space in Curves, it does the same with only two curves :O (just do an S curve on A and B )

  3. That was excellent

  4. Thank you Ezra, thanks to your tutorials I have already made a big progress in Affinity. They are very understandable and illustrative. 🙂

  5. My man I love your tutorials.

  6. Amazing
    please can you drop a tuto of how to make a cartoon effect

  7. Please teach how to select complex photo like flying hair in proper way to remove background.

  8. Thanks legend… I don't like Photoshop or Adobe because they're too technical!

  9. Awesome, thank you Ezra

  10. Great tips man, you're the best!

  11. Love all your videos man

  12. Hi Anderson can I make the Affinity tutorial video to my own channel?

  13. very helpful Ezra thank you for teaching me so much

  14. Hi Ezra. You've got the talent for teaching. Great tutorials!!

  15. Great program and great tutorials, but it's bad that you did not give us the Polish language.

  16. Love all your videos so far! I am new at photography and your videos have been a tremendous help! I take notes while practicing with the same pictures you supply

  17. Thank you for the video. Very easy to understand and to apply even for a French affinity student as me !!

  18. Your tutorials are excellent Ezra. Thank you!

  19. This is a Picture of Bangladesh Tea Garden🌠

  20. Ezra, I really enjoy your tutorials. Thank you and much appreciated.

  21. hi! love your tutorials! Do you make/sell presets for Affinity Photo?

  22. I think you overdid the contrast. the edited picture looks unnatural to me

  23. Awesome! Thanks!!

  24. Wow, thanks for this, it was really clear and easy to understand!

  25. Thank you, Ezra. I am confident I can master Affinity Photo with the help of your tutorials. The way you simplify, the way you communicate and teach, your intelligence shines through.

  26. Love all of your lessons. great teaching. Do you have a complete course of lessons available ?

  27. Thank you for your reply, Ezra. You are an excellent teacher .

  28. Thank you very much, great tutorial Ezra!

  29. Great tutorials and well articulated brother.

  30. simple , effective, straight to the point. Thankyou

  31. Really well explained at the right pace for the beginner. Look forward to watching more.

  32. The photo looked perfect and DONE after STEP ONE, the Vibrance Layer. Everything after made it look way too edit. 😪

  33. Very very nice.Thank you,

  34. is it better to adjust color with RAW file in develop panel? since RAW files offer more advantage in this kind of color adjustments

  35. Wooooowww thanks for the video

  36. ZOMG! So does he!

  37. Very good!👌👍👌

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