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Intensify photos with vivid colors in just a few simple steps! This Photoshop effect is perfect for fun vacation photos and is easy for novice Photoshop users.
Open a photo you would like to edit. Or, you may use the photo used in this tutorial (from iStockPhoto).
Duplicate the layer (Layer> Duplicate or Ctrl+J) and change the blending mode of the new layer to Soft Light.
To increase the saturation, we'll use the Hue/Saturation tool. Open the Hue/Saturation tool (Image> Adjustments> Hue/Saturation or Ctrl+U) and with the preview checkbox checked, increase the saturation as desired.
If the effect looks too hard, soften it using the Gaussian Blur filter. Adjust the radius in the Gaussian Blur filter sparinly. Using a radius that's too large will reduce the effect and may create halos.
To reduce the intensity of the effect, simply reduce the opacity of the top layer.
Rollover the image below to see the before and after effect.