3 Easy Tips to Make Images Pop in Photoshop

3 Easy Tips to Make Images Pop in Photoshop

Jackie Acosta
3 minute read

Have you ever wondered how to get those rich and vibrant colors in photoshop? I'm going to share 3 easy tips to make your images pop in Adobe Photoshop to save you time in post processing and to give you that punch of color you want to acheive.

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3 Easy Tips To make Images Pop

The Camera

The first trick to getting rich colors even before the editing process is beginning in camera. I typically underexpose my images by 1 or 2 stops as skin tones are easier to edit as well as getting those rich and bold colors. 

If you are not familiar with shooting in manual mode with your camera, I recommend checking out Portrait Photography for Beginners as I cover the basics of camera settings, lighting, etc. 

 3 Easy Tips to Make Images Pop

Editing in Adobe Photoshop

All the steps that can go into editing can seem overwhelming at times which is why I have simplified the process to make editing easier and quicker with actions. Before I show you how I use these shortcuts, I am going to share a quick trick to add a subtle pop of color. .

  • Open Image in Photoshop
  • Go to your Layers window (You can do this by going to menu, selecting Windows ,and then scroll down to Layers. )
  • Double Click on the layer and a Layers Window will open up (below it is shown).
  • Select the Soft Light blend mode 
  • or
  • Select your Layer and you can find the drop down menu for the blend modes as well in the Layers window. 

Editing with Actions and Sky Overlays

Photoshop Actions

Actions are pre-recorded editing steps that can be used on your images. They are made to speed up the editing process and they are adjustable so each image can be customized. 

For bold and rich colors, my two favorite collections that I use often are

Both of these sets include video tutorials on how to apply them to your images. Below is an example of processing an image with one of the actions. 

Sky and Light Overlays

Overlays are images that can be merged onto an existing image and sometimes adding a sky or light to an image can give it that extra "wow" factor.

photoshop overlays

A couple of favorites that I use are:

To see a tutorial on editing a sky onto an image, this tutorial should help.

sky overlays photoshop




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