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.

Below you can also download a Photoshop action.

summer to autumn final image

Freebie Details

Size: 0.2mb
File(s): Atn (Photoshop action)
Author: Dreamstale


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