Enhance the color of the lawn using these simple steps in Photoshop.

Nothing is more welcoming and inviting than a full, green lawn outside of a home. A well-manicured, healthy lawn sends the right message about your property and immediately helps increase the curb appeal of any listing.

How To Green Grass For Real Estate Photo Editing
Before: Original Photo
How To Green Grass For Real Estate Photo Editing
After: Real Estate Photo Edit by PhotoUp

Of course, not all real estate photos get it right. Sometimes photos are taken in the wrong season when the lawn has dead spots, or when there hasn’t been a lot of rain and the grass is brown. That’s unfortunate, but the good news is that there are digital tools available that can adjust the color of your lawn to show the home in the best light.

Here’s what you need to do…

Simple Steps To Green Grass in Photoshop

  1. Open the photos you need to work with in Lightroom and make all your preliminary adjustments.
  2. Right click on the photo and select ‘Edit in Adobe Photoshop
  3. There are two ways to go for greening the grass; either you choose the Blending Option to Color or the COM method.
  4. Let’s start with Blending To Color.
  5. In Photoshop, duplicate the photo and add a blank new layer.
  6. Set the Layers Blending Mode to Color.
  7. In the Color Picker, use the eyedropper (I), select the right color to paint on. It should be close to the original. Find the right color by a little bit of trial and error.
  8. When you have the right color, it’s time to brush it onto the lawn.
  9. Add masking to the color layer to remove the excess color from the layer.
  10. Click S to Save.
  11. Now let’s try the COM (Color, Overlay, Multiply) method
  12. This time you will need another photo with a lawn you really like.
  13. To start this process, duplicate the background image three times and adjust the lawn size and shape to match your original.
  14. First adjust the color in one layer using 50-60% opacity.
  15. Next change its overlay with 40% opacity.
  16. Change the last layer to multiply, and set its opacity to 40%.
  17. Next comes the Inverted Masking process. Hold down the ALT button and click the Masking button to achieve Inverted Masking.
  18. Using a Pen tool (P), or a Lasso tool (L), trace around the lawn you want to replace.
  19. Make sure to feather your selection (between 0.5% to 1.5%) so that the edges of your masking look smooth. 
  20. Press the DELETE button.

Your lawn should come out of this process looking green, healthy and beautiful! 

Here are some before and after examples of lawns that were enhanced using this method:

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That’s all it takes to green the grass on your real estate photos and help them draw more eyes to your listings. It’s not difficult, if you know your way around Photoshop. But if you’re not a photo editing expert, the process can feel a little overwhelming. 


The good news is that real estate photo editing services like PhotoUp are ready and waiting to take the editing off your hands. All you need to do is upload the photos that you want to adjust and our team of experienced editors do the rest. The best part, all photos are delivered back to you in under 24 hours. 

It’s quick, easy and affordable and it can transform your photos into the best marketing asset for your listings. 
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