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In this quick Photoshop tutorial, we’ll learn how to turn summer to autumn in Photoshop. In less than 4 steps we can change the color tone and transform a full green image to a warm yellow autumn effect. You can play with settings for different results and color tones. A similar technique but with different input values can change autumn to summer.

Tutorial details and resources

Difficulty: Beginner
Apps: Adobe Photoshop (CS3 or later)
Estimated Completion Time: 5-10′ Minutes
Resources: –

Step 1 > Open the Image & Duplicate

First run Photoshop and open the image you want. Go to Layer > Duplicate Layer to create a new copy (image a).

summer to autumn step1

Step 2 > Selective Color

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Selective Color to create a new color adjustment layer (image 2a). Under Selective Color properties use the settings from image 2b and image 2c.

Create a new selective color adjustment layer

summer to autumn step2a


Yellow channel settings: Cyan -100%, Yellow 45% & Black -7%

summer to autumn step2b


Green channel settings: Cyan -100%, Magenta 100%, Yellow 100%, and Black 100%

summer to autumn step2c

Step 3 > New Layer

Go to Layer > New > Layer to create a new layer. Next go to Image > Apply Image and use similar settings like image 3a.

Layer: Merged, Channel: RGB & Blending to Multiply. Press OK to confirm the changes.

summer to autumn step3

Step 4 > Another Selective Color

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Selective Color to create another adjustment layer. Use the following values:

Yellows channel: Cyan -30%, Magenta 10%, Yellow 10% and Black -10%

summer to autumn step4


Greens channel: Cyan -100%, Magenta 100%, Yellow 100%, and Black 15%

summer to autumn step4b

Final Work

A simple, fast, and cool effect that transforms summer images. Change the values for different effects and color tones. Change the contrast for more or less dramatic effects.

summer to autumn final image