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September 6, 2013

Simply Color Shift in Lightroom Thoughts + Examples

Have you read my latest tutorial on how to do a Simple Color Shift in Lightroom? Well you should, mostly because this blog entry makes absolute no sense unless you do.

My final thoughts and experiences on Shifting Color in Lightoom:

So far I’ve had the best success with blues, greens and purples. Yellows are a toss-up.

I’ve had the worst success with pinks/reds. I could shift the color just fine but it also shifted the colors of tongues, noses and skin and the results were…disturbing.

I have not tested on orange since I don’t have any paper in that color right now. But I would imagine though, that since brown is a common eye color for dogs and people (and a lot of brown has orange in it), that the results could get freaky.

I can typically get the color to shift two complete complimentary hues at the most. Like I said in the last post, if you need to do a custom color PS would probably be a better bet.

On lighter colors I can actually bleach the background. To do so, I increase the color’s luminace and then desaturated that color. If I wanted to do a fake high-key look, I would also follow-up by blowing out the background so it’s completely white blown-out.

Not getting a good uniform color? Take the adjustment brush, select your desired color and brush over the problem area.


  1. David

    June 12th, 2015 at 6:30 am

    AWESOME! This is really a cool editing “trick”! I was wondering though, what color was the original background color before you started shifting it? I do tons of volunteer shelter dog photography and it would be awesome to use your technique to add some variety.


  2. Kira DeDecker Photography

    June 12th, 2015 at 9:54 am

    The original color(s) are on the left. So in this case, going down, they were Blue, Yellow, Purple, Green and Blue.

  3. David

    June 12th, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Ok then.. I totally missed that.. doh! Thanks much!

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Kira DeDecker is an on-location lifestyle pet photographer specializing in one-of-a-kind fine art and modern portraits. She works exclusively with dogs, cats and all other four legged creatures to create vibrant, quirky and soulful works of art.She also photographs needy animals pro-bono for non-profit animal organizations (like Cavalier Rescue USA).

Kira DeDecker Photography is a editorial and commercial pet photographer based in Glendale AZ and serves the Metro Phoenix area (Scottsdale, Peoria, Phoenix, Suncity, Surprise, Goodyear, Avondale and Tempe) and beyond.

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