Photoshop 101: How to Desaturate Backgrounds

06.21.17

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Lots of Instagrammers/influencers out there guard their editing secrets like the royal jewels. I know this first hand- because I am def. not one to shy away from saying “love your photos- what filter do you use”.

*crickets*

I get it, people master a style & they don’t want to share, but hey… that’s just not me. I have shared with you guys my top tricks to growing my Instagram account, all of the hashtags I use, my favorite editing apps, my iPhone editing process, & now… a little tutorial on how to desaturate backgrounds in Photoshop.

This is probably my MOST asked question I get though- you guys want desaturated backgrounds, & now you’re gonna get desaturated backgrounds.

This tutorial is for Photoshop, but if you’re a Lightroom user & want me to do a tutorial for that, just let me know. Actually- if there is any other tutorials you want, comment below, now that I know how to record my screen!

p.s. now is a good time open up a photo you want to edit so you can go through the steps with me! It will make it easier to follow along.

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+ before & after: the left the photo is a little dingy. It has a lot of blue tones, yellow tones & my skin looked a little orange. On the right, the photo is brighter & I got rid of all those unwanted hues, w/o removing the color from the important parts (i.e. the signage). +

in this video, we will go over:

+ how to edit colors & add quick filters to photos using RadLabs– an efficient editing software you can install directly to your Photoshop.

+ how to use the quick selection tool to isolate different parts of an image.

+ how to create a hue & saturation quick mask.

+ how to selectively adjust & desaturate colors.

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  • Araceli V

    I would love to see how you make these changes in Lightroom, right now I can’t really afford PS. Thanks for sharing all your tips, they’re super helpful!

    • awesome! I will def. share a lightroom tutorial!

  • Cassie Dulworth

    LOVE this video. Desaturating yellows in any photo is probably the most satisfying thing I do in photoshop. xx

  • Samantha Heapps

    Loved this tutorial Erica! Def using the quick mask tip for my blog http://www.samanthanik.com

  • Erin Cafferty

    This is some of the best content I have seen on a blog. Bless you!