Have you ever wondered why some pictures look appealing while others look like a dull mush of colors? A lot of it has to do with the colors that are saturated & desaturated in your pictures.
Using a color wheel we can match colors that go together and others that clash. Using a Color Scheme Designer it is easy to see what colors work and those that don’t. Recently I have started to use Adobe Kuler for all my color theory and design.
When starting to learn color theory I used these tools all the time for selectively saturating and de-saturating different colors in my pictures. Sometimes it is impossible to de-saturate a color, it just turns brown or looks like crap. In this case try darkening the color using a dodge/burn layer or a curves mask in Photoshop will keep it from standing out.