Food Photography: How to Ripen Tomatoes in Photoshop

Food Photography | November 25, 2016 | By

  • Before-Ripen tomatoes
    After-Ripen tomatoes
    BeforeRipen tomatoes After



Here is a simple method for increasing the saturation of a specific color in Photoshop. In this example, we’ll use it to “ripen” tomato slices on a bacon cheeseburger.

  1.  Here is the “before” image.  The tomatoes are in need of a saturation boost.



2.  Add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer.  Select the Reds (vs Master) and push the saturation slider to the right until you achieve the desired effect.

Tomatoes - 2

3.  Now select the Yellows and move the hue slider just a bit to the left.

Tomatoes - 3

4.  These changes are currently applied to the entire image, but we only want them applied to the tomatoes.  In order to hide the effect, fill the layer mask with black (command-delete on a Mac).

Tomatoes - 4

5.  Now choose a soft brush and set the foreground color to white.  With the layer mask selected, start to paint the effect back onto the tomato slices.

Tomatoes - 5

6.  Continue painting the color back into the tomatoes, being careful not to stray into other areas of the burger.

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7.  Finally, adjust the opacity of the Hue/Saturation layer to a level that suits your taste.

Tomatoes - 7


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Guest Post and $100 Fracture Gift Card Code Giveaway!

Uncategorized | September 10, 2016 | By

I’m grateful for the opportunity to guest post on the Fracture blog.  Head over for a few tips on getting started with post-processing.  The fine folks at Fracture have also provided the code for a $100 gift card that you can win in the giveaway below!

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