March 31, 2011
Shoot and Edit: Week 12 – GREEN…EDIT
Welcome to the 12th week of Shoot and Edit: Part 2. Click HERE for all the details and upcoming prompts/themes. 

This week’s theme or prompt was to show us one “green” SOOC shot (this was just a suggestion, you can show us any SOOC shot). Hopefully you linked up with Jill’s blog earlier this week.

Each Thursday, I will take my SOOC shot and provide some basic editing tips (I will try to keep it basic and work my way up). You can then try these tips on your own photos and link up here – linky will now be open THROUGH SUNDAY. If you’d prefer, can simply share your own edit and show us what you did to achieve the look. We want this challenge to be a learning experience, so feel free to teach us something new too! Also, it does not matter what editing program you use. Although I tend to work within Adobe CS5 (Photoshop), Photoshop Elements and Adobe Camera Raw…it does not mean that you have to use the exact same program. I hope you’ll be able to take the concepts and apply them in the program you feel most comfortable using.

Once again, here is my SOOC shot:
Building on what we’ve learned in the past eleven weeks (Week 1: Edit, Week 2: Edit, Week 3A, Week 3B, Week 4: Edit, Week 5: Edit, Week 6: Edit, Week 7: Edit,  Week 8: Edit, Week 9: Edit, Week 10: Edit and Week 11: Edit), I started this edit in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR):
Green Grass ACR
As I’ve said before, my hope is that at this point in our lessons, you have gotten really comfortable with clean processing in whatever editing program you use (Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Lightroom, Picnik, Picassa, etc). As your SOOC shots continue to improve, you’ll need to do less and less processing (unless you enjoy creative editing – I won’t remove that from you because I enjoy editing way too much). 

I’ve also heard a few of you saying that you’re starting to appreciate a simplistic style of editing – I want to encourage you to embrace that style even as you experiment with other forms of editing. Whether you’re a busy mom or squeezing in photography after a long day at the office, we all need to find a process that works for us. 
The main thing I wanted to address this week was using your hue/saturation and/or color balance sliders to adjust the color of your grass…in this case, going from DEAD to green (I can imagine I’m not the only one with this problem). Take a look at this quick video:
I followed the video’s steps in my edit. The one thing I failed to capture in this screen shot is that you’ll want to be sure to check COLORIZED. You may want to go back later and increase your greens or yellows (even your blues) to get that color just right using hue/saturation alone. Be sure to use a layer mask (fill it with your paint bucket BLACK) and paint on the effect using a soft white brush so you’ll only affect the grass in the image.
Hue and Saturation 
Color Balance will only be available to those of you using the full version of Photoshop (it’s one of your adjustment layers…I apologize to Photoshop Elements users). With Color Balance, you can fine tune that color…it’s a nice to have but not a must have since hue/saturation is the main culprit. Again, you’ll want to use a layer mask to paint on the effect.
Color Balance
For what it’s worth, there was no rhyme or reason to where I stopped on the sliders – I just adjusted by eye so it’s not necessary that you follow my exact numbers. I will point out that for a more true “green” don’t focus 100% of your effort on the green sliders. Be sure to add a bit of blue, yellow, red…even magenta for just the right tone. Here is the result of adjusting hue/saturation and color balance:
IMG_3369 Hue and Color RS
For a final touch, I did not think it was necessary to add the high pass filter to this image, but it did need a pop. You can always duplicate your background and add a Soft Light blending mode to make all of your colors pop. Quick and easy!
Green Grass Final RS
So, to recap our lesson, we used the hue/saturation and color balance adjustment layers to turn dead grass into green grass. For your edit, I would love to see you continuing using the lessons we’ve covered in the past eleven weeks as well as apply today’s lesson. If you missed last week’s edit, you can download “Nice & Easy,” (my new workflow action) by clicking HERE!

With that said, here’s a final look at my SOOC and Final image. I hope you found today’s lesson useful. If you have any questions or need more explanation, don’t hesitate to contact me. 
 Green Grass Compare
I hope you all have a great Thursday and I look forward to seeing your edits!


    The dead grass is alive! :D Love the post process of the photo. The green of the grass pops, the white of the house pops, the red of the tractor pops–very down home feeling. Love it!

    Also, I feel like a groupie on facebook…”First to comment!” haha :D

    great tutorial and love the final edit! i’ll check out all the other edits tomorrow or saturday! have a blessed thursday too :-D

    The green just popped! Gorgeous!

    awesome processing! Love how vibrant the second shot is now!! I do have a dumb question or two. One: How do you keep the rest of your image from being messed up when you are wanting to only adjust the color tones for your grass? Two: The closer part of the grass is much more brown. How did you get it to be a balanced amount of green with the back part that was already green? Okay, you have probably already covered this, sorry!

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    Great edit and tutorial, Ashley! I’ll be back later so I can give that video some time. Thanks for all of the time you put into helping us out!

    Beautiful edit and great “trick”!

    Nice! A huge difference and great tutorial. Thanks, Ashley!

    I’m so excited I actually have a green edit! I wish I could make my grass green like that in my backyard!

    vERY nICE!!!

    Wow, you’d never know there was brown grass there! Similar to someone else’s question…did you layer mask your background elements like the house and tractor so that the color of those things didn’t get thrown way out of whack?

    Great shoot and edit lesson.

    Okay, that’s just amazing! I didn’t do grass or anything alive that was green, so I can’t really use these tips (unless I decide on green snow!), but I’ll be sure to remember them for next time. Love these little tricks!

    Looks great Ashley! Thanks for sharing. :D

    Ashley- okay before I thought I could get away with just buying Elements- now I am thinking I really need to go all out. That is so awesome that you were able to do that! Came out very nicely!

    So cool! I saw your shot on Monday and wondered how you were going to edit it and wow! I’m so impressed. I’ll have to try this edit once I get some outdoor shots of our grass which is barely peeking out of the snow right now. Thanks for the tutorial.

    Nicely done, that is awesome!! Thanks for the tutorial!

    Great edit! Never knew it was that easy to change dead grass green. Thanks for the tutorial.

    What an amazing difference! You rock these edits every time :)

    that is cool tonight I will have to come back and really watch the clip.

    That’s some useful information! It will definitely come in handy this summer when the grass starts looking a little dull from the heat!

    Great edit! I can’t wait to get home and take a look at this video and work on my edits!! (Or later in the office..hehe)

    Great edit! I’m going to have to use this on some of my pictures.

    great tutorial! and it can easily apply to many situations, not just grass! thanks!

    like the brightness of the edit!

    Yeah!! I learned something! Great edit!! Thank you so so much, I really loved this lesson!

    Awesome! Love stuff like this! Great editing.

    Awesome edit! I love these posts! I seriously learn so much from you and your edits are always so amazing! :)

    Wow! I wish I had known this trick years ago. Oh, the pictures I could go back and improve!

    great tutorial Ashley! Love the final edit!

    Thanks for this tutorial! The targeted adjustment tool is so awesome, isn’t it?

    Very excited to get home tonight to try this out on my edit. Thanks for sharing!!

    ohhhhhh that video is cool – I’m away to try this out on my moss. This will be useful to know for my gardening blog :)

    Fabulous!! Excited to try this out on some of my photos. :)

    Love the edit. The grass looks so summery. :)

    Marla @

    What a great way to “go green”! You don’t need to water your lawn any more, when you can edit it in PS! Love it!

    Beautiful edits, never thought of making grass green, looks great. I kinda like the brown grass too though, makes it real.

    If I follow your editing instructions I can bypass watering my lawn this summer, save money, and just adjust my photos so it looks good. Too bad my neighbors might complain.

    I’m totally amazed that you can make dead grass look green! You always have such great tutorials! Thanks for that and for the sweet encouragement you leave on my blog. It really means a lot to me!

    Lisa (

    Thank you! This image does really pop now!

    Now if I can just get my neighbors to view my house and yard through photoshop eyes!

    Wow I will have to try that edit. Not a criticism but the picture on a slant was hard on the eyes. V.

    Excellent tutorial for this time of year…I can make spring come to Wisconsin! Yes!

    Wow, that is amazing! I have no idea how to do that in my program. I may have to fiddle around with it though. Great job filling in the grass!! :)

    So we could have green grass in the winter? :) Great edit!

    So lovely!

    Yes! Awesome tip. I know I’ll find a lot of use for it this summer! :)

    Great tutorial! Working on my edit now and very excited about the results. :) Love how your edit turned out – not just an improvement to the grass, but the background looks more colorful too.

    Thank you once again for a great tutorial! I just tried it on one of my (non-posted) photos and it looks great! I will definitely be using this technique again.

    My Jeremy is so excited for this tutorial. He’s going around the house saying how Photoshop is finally going to save us money this year… on lawn care. He’s decided that we don’t need fertilizer after all, especially if posterity isn’t going to see its (many) flaws. Hope your week is going well! My in-laws just finally left after a week’s stay and I have been photo-starved!

    That is amazing! I never woulda thunk that grass was dead!

    This young grasshopper is learning much!

    Now if there were only a way to do that to grass in real life! Beautiful edit!

    so great and green!

    you are an endless fountain of knowledge my friend. when i grow up i wanna be just like you.

    Love your edit, Ashley! I can’t believe you saved that brown grass! Any chance you can do that to my actual backyard? Ha ha ha. ;)

    Great edit. My final edit that is printed is most often after simple/basic editing but I do enjoy playing with creative edits too.

    Love what I learned from the video this week!

    Have a great weekend Ashley!

    I thought I already commented… but I guess not. ;) LOVE how lush that grass looks!

    wow! will have to save this one!

    THANK YOU for these lessons. This is the first I had the chance to do and I can’t wait to go through your other lessons. This was so fun and I really think the after photo I did gave it the look I wanted. The brown grass is GONE. Love your before and after and thank you once again!

    THANK YOU for these lessons. This is the first I had the chance to do and I can’t wait to go through your other lessons. This was so fun and I really think the after photo I did gave it the look I wanted. The brown grass is GONE. Love your before and after and thank you once again!