Advanced Coloring in Photoshop Using LAB Color Trick

On this extensive video, portrait photographer Nathaniel Dodson (from the website tutvid) shows a quick and dirty way to change the color of an image and looks at a more flexible and advanced ways to change and create color in Photoshop in general.

This is a very extensive tutorial which is divided into different sections which Dodson summarize as follows:

  • 01:27 – Get right to the tutorial (skip the intro banter)
  • 02:07 – Creating and refining a selection
  • 04:48 – The “basic” background color change
  • 07:28 – The full Photoshop Retouching Course link
  • 07:49 – Tweaking the “basic” color change and trying different blend modes
  • 09:25 – Correcting a color fringe/reflection with masks and Hue/Saturation
  • 11:15 – The ADVANCED technique starts here (explanation of LAB color)
  • 13:17 – Gathering data and displaying in our Info panel
  • 14:54 – Adding the first Adjustment Layer
  • 15:17 – Building and matching the yellow color
  • 18:26 – Masking the effect into just the background
  • 19:06 – Building and matching the red color (more difficult!)
  • 21:38 – Examining some issues with the red color and tweaking the Curve
  • 22:31 – Splitting the color in the background. (Half red, half yellow!)
  • 24:01 – Checking the color and tweaking the red a little more
  • 24:52 – Explanation of why we worked in RGB and not LAB
  • 25:57 – Wrapping it up!

This is by far not the first time we take a look at working and changing background colors in Photoshop – you can also check out “How to Change the Color of Anything in Photoshop” and on “How to Select and Change Colors in Photoshop” as well as “LensVid Editing Tip: Replacing Color of an Object in Photoshop“. If you are interested in working with colors be sure to check out this page on LensVid.

You can find many more Photoshop video tutorials on LensVid’s Photoshop section. You can also check Dodson’s previous videos here on LensVid.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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