How To Make Green Grass And Trees Pop In Photoshop


This quick video tutorial will show you a technique that’s really useful for making your green grass and trees in your images really pop so it’s going to involve a couple of steps and one of those steps is creating a luminosity mask it’s kind of at the beginner end of the spectrum when it comes to how complicated luminosity masking can get but if you just follow the steps in this video you’ll at least be able to to do this technique and use it on your own images.

Video:Make those Grass and Trees Pop!

Here’s a summary of the steps:

(View the video for full details and explanations)

  1. Load your image in Photoshop.
  2. Add a black and white adjustment layer.
  3. Reduce the sliders for all colours except greens and yellows. `
  4. Increase the slider for yellow and green. `
  5. Go to the channels panel and press Command (Mac) or Ctrl (Windows) on your keyboard and click on the RGB channel and go back to the Layers panel.
  6. Add a curves adjustment layer.`
  7. Hide the black and white layer. `
  8. Pull the curve upward on the curves adjustment property window, you will notice that only the green and yellowy areas will the change. `
  9. Press the Option(Mac) or Alt (Windows) on your keyboard to see the layer mask.
  10. Click the brush tool with a black foreground and run it through the areas that you don’t want to be affected by adjusting this curve.
  11. Add a Hue Saturation Layer
  12. Select Yellow on the drop down menu.
  13. Increase the saturation only on the yellows of the image.
  14. You can go back and readjust the the curve for the curves adjustment layer to brighten the image even more.

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Comments on How To Make Green Grass And Trees Pop In Photoshop

  1. Lonnie says:

    Really enjoyed this Steve. Its amazing how you can use masks in so many various ways. Thank you.

    1. Peter Banyard says:

      Really good tutorial. Thanks.

    2. Steve A says:

      Cheers Lonnie! Glad you enjoyed this one 🙂

  2. Leon says:

    Thanks for the tips

    1. Steve A says:

      You’re very welcome

  3. Great suggestion. Thank you!

    1. Steve A says:

      Many thanks Javier!

  4. Esther Livingston says:

    Need to know how to use mask

    1. Steve A says:

      You might find this tutorial useful, it’s my most watched video of all time:

  5. Howard Thompson says:

    I opened your tip while playing nurse to wifie. I went back to old pics(all in DNG’s) and used the yellow/green mask. It added the punch to those old pic that was missing. One caution is if the rock around have a strong yellow tone the WHOLE pic gets selected and may add TOO much punch to the pic

    1. Steve A says:

      Well done taking action and giving this one a go already, I’m glad it’s producing results for you. Thanks for the helpful tip/caution too!

  6. Luis G Vergara says:

    It has been a wonderful video tutorial. Thanks so much. I have already tried and it’s amazing.

    1. Steve A says:

      That’s great to hear – thanks Luis!

  7. Pamela Stallings says:

    Great tutorial. I have lots of images with trees and forest. Look forward to trying this.

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