I did love my SOOC shot this week. Just found it, well, dull. The colors needed to pop – the green of the leaves, the yellow & orange of the butterfly. Those things were my focus and following the tutorial Ashley shared, it came together.
I used the “getting grass greener” hue/saturation steps to improve upon the green of the main leaf – the leaf the butterfly is sitting on. I left the remaining leaves as is. Then I repeated the new hue/saturation layer with shades of orange and yellow. For these I focused only on the orange and yellow areas of the butterfly’s wings. After I was pleased with all three colors, I merged the layers and added a new adjustment layer for color balance. I tweaked all three options (shadows, midtones & highlights) slightly. Again, I merged the layers. Then I added the high pass which gave the photo that final pop it needed. I’m excited about the results: