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The Grass Can Be Greener

Frequently a business owner would like a nice picture of their their building for their site. Sometimes Mother Nature conspires against them, though, and the picture is not as flattering as it could be. In this quick Photoshop tutorial, we'll talk about how you can easily make your sky more blue and your grass more green.

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Let's say you would like to advertise your apartment complex. Start with the best picture available (below).

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We are now going to be turning the (very) light blue sky into a nicer sky-blue color. We'll need to select the area of the sky - the best way to do this is to use the pen tool and go around the outside of the skyline. Make sure that your pen tool is on "Paths" and not "Shape Layers" (option in the top left of Photoshop). You should zoom in about 400% to do this accurately.

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Once you have gone all the way around the skyline, right click and choose "Make Selection." You should now have the marching ants around the selection.

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Create a new layer (Layer > New > Layer) and fill (Edit > Fill) the selection with a blue colour #1c7cd3.

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Set the blend mode of the sky layer to Overlay. As you can see, we have changed the color of the sky and still kept the texture of the clouds.

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Duplicate the sky layer and lower the opacity to about 40-50% depending on the shade of blue you want the sky to be.

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We are now going to be doing a similiar thing for the grass. Select the area of the grass with the pen tool and fill the selection with the colour #195b16 on a new layer.

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Set the blend mode of the grass layer to Overlay.

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Duplicate this layer and set the opacity to 75%.

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Play around with the color until you find something more grass-like.

Before and after:

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