5 steps for coloring orange and Teal in Photoshop

In this video tutorial I’ll demonstrate the ways to incorporate the colors of teal and orange to your photos. This tutorial is an particular to the image, meaning that the actions won’t be applicable to all images but is an ideal base. Learn how to give your photos the color of teal and orange when your photos contain red and blue tones. It’s time to get going!

Step 1: Choosing the image

Like I mentioned, there are images that have the red and blue tones. The picture I chose is blue and red, making it a great image to experiment with color. It is easy to change blue to teal. Of course, it is possible to do the same by using reds that are similar to orange (obviously reds have a more orange, but it’s a matter of taste). So, I selected this picture taken from Unsplash to allow me to alter the color with ease.

Click the File menu, then Open and open the example image using Photoshop.

Step 2: Boost the brightness

When I get started with color, I’m going to provide an extra boost to the picture. As it’s a dark scene therefore I thought it would be a appropriate to provide info on highlights and shadows.

Create the curves adjust layer simply by clicking the Layer menu and then Create Adjustment Layer and then Curves.

I have added a line at the center to boost brightness in the midtones. It can affect shadows and highlights in a certain degree. However, it’ll be more subtile than it is an increase in intensity on certain regions, including highlights and shadows.

The following options if using the following settings:

It is also possible to utilize Blend-IF to focus on highlights and shadows in your photo. It is great for the highlights and shadows do not contain much detail on your pictures.

Step 3. Basic Coloring

Then I began to play with color through the color balance adjust layer. As you can see in the below image that the reds are being removed as well as magentas and yellows by removing the midtones. For highlights I’m trying to increase the green color and the red colour.

Please refer to the settings below:

It is possible to compare before and after the results. It appears that we have more blues and shadows as opposed to the reds.

One tip to remember is not to glance at the sliders while playing using Color Balance. If you are using Color Balance eyes should be focused on the image in order to determine the effects it has on your photo.

Step 4: Coloring using Adobe Camera Raw

Coloring will be applied by using Adobe Camera Raw Filter. The first step is to create the merged layer by pressing CTRL + SHIFT + ALTER + E to create an unison merged layer over all other layers. You must ensure that you converted this layer into a Smart Object by right-clicking on it, and selecting “Convert to Smart Objects”.

I changed temp to +7 to bring yellows into the image as well as Tint up to the value of -11 for greens in the picture. Other options are available to experiment with depending on the image you want to create. Adjust the your exposure, shadows, whites and black sliders in case it is necessary to experiment using it and see what it does.

If, for instance, you’re looking for more information on the shadows, you could raise the shadows, similarly in case you would like the highlights to sparkle, simply increase the brightness and whites.

Within the HSL adjustments I boosted the brightness for Blues & Aquas, this will make the colors more vibrant. On the Hue Tab I increased the reds and Oranges and this turns colors of oranges and reds to orange. In addition, I cut down the Hue of Aquas & Blues which creates these hues in the picture teal.

After that, I did for Split Toning and then added cyan-colored highlights.

You can see the difference. the colour more vibrant and bright?

Step 5 – Bring Back Colors

I observed that the hue of the lanterns suspended over the streets appears slightly yellow-colored side. I would like to change the color orange. You can accomplish this by adding yellows into the photo and then altering the level of intensity.

Create an Colour Balance adjustment layer. As you can see how I’ve the addition of magentas, yellows, and reds, and the midtones. In the highlights, I’ve also added magentas, yellows and some of the other colors however, I have reduced the reds.

I decreased the opacity in the Color Balance to 30 percent. It added reds to the entire image and I’d like to restore back the orange hue, however I do not want it to impact the whole image, therefore I decreased the opacity by 30%..

The results can be compared from step 1 and step 5.

I hope that you have enjoyed this instruction and please let me know how this guide was helpful to you. You can do this by leaving a comment in the section of comments below.

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