This week, on-hand Photoshop Guru Eric Renno, aka Tip Squirrel demonstrates how to change seasons in Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom. 

For this example I’ll be working in Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw, but everything can be done in Photoshop Lightroom in the Develop Module also.

The image I’m using should you wish to recreate it yourself can be found here.

Oak tree

The Basic Panel

The Basic Panel is usually where I’d do most of my edits, but in this case I’ll make just two:

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I’ll reduce the exposure here then reduce the Clarity as I want the image to look like it’s foggy. I need to start to diffuse the light and blur the edges of the tree. And that’s it for the Basic Panel, next I’ll look at the colour.

Summer to Autumn Colour

Experience tells me that there’s more yellow than green in the grass and trees but what the ratio is I’m not sure. I could head over to the HSL/Greyscale panel and try a few sliders out, but there’s a much easier way.

From the menu click and hold on the Targeted Adjustment Tool and then choose Hue Adjustment:

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With this tool active I can click and hold on the grass and drag to the left to change the lush greens to an autumnal yellow/brown.

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The HSL/Greyscale panel opens and the Yellows and Green sliders move in the right ratio to the hues under the mouse at the point that I clicked.

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Adding Fog or Mist

Newly added to Adobe Camera Raw, Lightroom and Elements 14 is Dehaze, this is great at removing hazy mist or fog, but reducing this slider can add a nice foggy effect for me too. Dehaze can be found in the Effects Panel.

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Add a Gradient

The sun is quite strong in this image so I’ll make it a little more diffused and with a colour tint with the Graduated Adjustment tool:

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Clicking on the swatch not to Colour means I can add a little colour into the gradient:

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Adding the gradient then gives my image a more haze, diffused sun look:

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You can see I reduced the Exposure a little further here too.

And there we are, Summer to Autumn in Adobe Camera Raw or Lightroom.

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As always, a big thanks to Eric for supplying this super detailed tutorial. Stay tuned for next week and in the meantime, check out more of his tutorials on his websiteYouTube and you can find him on Facebook and Twitter should you wish to get in touch with him!