How to Make Colors Pop in Photoshop

Color pop in Photoshop

Have you ever wondered how others achieve a beautiful, deep, rich color pop in their images? Now is the time to get excited as we show you how to achieve this look using one quick step in Photoshop, in fact it's so easy and fun this may just become your new favorite Photoshop trick. Enjoy!

Adding a Color Adjustment in Photoshop

First thing’s first, let’s start off by adding a Hue/Saturation layer. To complete this enhancement, navigate to your top menu bar and select: 

Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Hue/Saturation 

Color Pop Using the Hue Saturation Panel in Photoshop

Your Hue/Saturation Panel will appear on your screen and the only thing we are going to do here before closing out of this panel is increase the saturation to about + 40. Keep in mind that at this point in the edit, your enhancement will look overdone and that's fine, we promise! When we're done, it will not look nearly so drastic, in fact it’s going to look absolutely amazing, so definitely don't worry about over saturating in this first step.

Next we're going to change the Blending Mode. Locate the drop-down labeled “Normal” in your layers panel and make sure that your Hue/Sat Layer is still selected, click on the drop-down and change the Blending Mode to Overlay.

Adjusting Color Pop in Photoshop

Quick Tip: Try switching between Overlay, Soft Light or Hard Light in your blending modes to see which looks best on your image.

At this point your image will still appear very much overdone and this is where we play with the opacity to really create a nice rich, beautiful look.

To make sure the look is not overdone, we suggest bringing the layer opacity down to 0% and slowly working your way up until you find the enhancement is working best with your image.

Color Saturation in Photoshop on Child Portrait

Making Individual Color Changes

If you’re still up for a little more fun, try playing with the colors in your master panel of the Hue/Saturation layer (double click on the layer icon to open it up). If you want to increase the saturation of some of the colors in your image you may absolutely do so. Keep in mind that the colors do have to be present in your image to increase or decrease the saturation. This is a great way to give an extra pop to specific colors in your image.

Color Pop Video Tutorial


We hope you have found some inspiration for editing in Photoshop.  Do you have any questions or tips about achieving Color Pop in Photoshop? Leave us a comment below and please share this post using the social sharing buttons. We would love to hear from you!

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