Complementary Colors

Today, I'm going to share a quick tip that I found to add some complementary colors in post processing using PS and Adobe's online color wheel.

 A week ago, I had the opportunity to work with Kaleigh.  We went out to Gastown at night to take advantage of the unique combination of architecture and city lights.  We went off to one of the side alley ways where there were some lights and a red brick wall.  Here was the shot straight out of the camera. 

The shot was taken with a 85mm, f/2.5 and ISO1600 using a single speedlight in an umbrella softbox from camera right.

After the usual noise reduction, sharpening and beauty editing, I was fairly happy with the image but I wanted to add a bit of color to the photo to pair with the red brick wall. It was then that I came across a Phlearn tutorial on adding colors so I decided to use it in a similar process.

1. With the dropper tool in Photoshop, I sampled the red brick color to get the RGB values.
2. Go to the online Adobe color wheel:
3. Entered in the RGB value for the red brick wall and selected complementary color under color rule.  The color wheel then generates an image like this:

4. Use the windows snipping tool and copy and paste that onto a new layer in your PS file.  This is so that you can save the color wheel results with your image file and sample the complementary color at any time.
5.  Create a new layer and set the blending mode to color.  Select the brush tool and sample the cyan color above.  Set the brush to an opacity of about 10% and start painting in an area to add the complementary color. In this case, I decided to paint in the black area to the right side of the model.  

Because the blending mode is set to color, it preserves the details and only changes the color.  Adjust the cyan layer's opacity to taste. 

Here's the final product: