Fine adjustments to professional color schemes in Photoshop

In this video tutorial in this video, you’ll discover how the most minor or even tiny actions could result in stunning outcomes in the color-grading process. One of the best things is that there is no need to know how with Photoshop to create eye-catching colors within our pictures, however you must keep an eye on some tricks that I will try teach you. In addition, you’ll be taught how to grade your image’s color but also improve the appearance of an picture by adding color and lighting precisely where you’d like.

Step 1 – Review images

The first thing you must take before beginning the process of color-grading your photos is find out what’s inside the picture. What color is it using the highest amount of? Are shadows dull? Are highlights in need of lifting? Then you need to consider these questions if you’re looking to color grade photos like professional.

Put the theory to use When you view the image below after downloading the image here You will see that yellow is the predominant color on the picture. I can change it by adding blue since these colors complement one another or the negative the color yellow is blue.

Step 2. Boost Highlights

When you’ve got a framework that outlines what you’re intending to do with the picture, then you can move on to add hues to your image. Before adding color, let’s increase the brightness of our images because they look a little dark.

Create an Levels adjustment layer by choosing layer > new adjustment layer Levels.

As you can see in the image below that I have used the white slider to increase the brightness of the highlights. It is necessary to move the white slider left side to increase the brightness of highlights.

Step 3 – Start with coloring

My highlights appear fairly good. I’m not required to work any work to enhance the quality of them. Shadows levels look nice, and contain a wealth of data.

It is now time to start coloring. To do this, I made use of another level adjustment layer. This time, I used Reds to add cyan hues in the picture by using the following settings:

Then, I applied Blue to give blue tones for the highlights, but be careful not to do it too much as it could neutralize the light that is evident in the background (grass trees, grass, and shrubs):

These are the outcomes to date and it amazing?

Step 4 – Target Midtones

If you are thinking “Ah I like the color of the shadows and highlights is nice, so I’m not planning to use colors any more” Then you should choose midtones for the photo and observe what it appears like. It is best to do is to do this with Selective’s Colors Neutral Setting.

The same thing happened to me using the following settings and the image appears blueish at the moment:

Keep in mind that I want to include colors in shadows this time, just as we did with highlights in step 3 where we added blue colors to highlights. I would like to maintain the effects of Selective Colour in the midtones and shadows regions due to the highlight that is yellow and bright, reflecting off the trees, grass and shrubs. If you apply additional blue hues to the highlights, it would cancel out the natural yellow shade and look strange.

Click on the Layer with the Right-click and select the Blending Option.

Within the Blend-IF section, Split the white slider using holding down the Alt Key + Click and then Drag to left. After you have divided the slider, you can drag it left and when you do this, pay attention to the image and observe the blue hue disappearing across the entire image and is being added to the shadows in the picture. You should stop where you are able to get the results you’re seeking!

Results after using Blend-IF:

You can also compare the outcomes before and after making use of Blend-IF:

Step 5. Paint Lights

In the beginning, I lifted shadows up a little with another adjustment layer in Levels.

Create the new layer using CTRL + Shift + N And I did some lighting on the background using dark orange. Make sure to use a round, soft brush with a lower opacity, and flow between 30% and 40% when painting light or all image elements.

I switched the blend method from Blend to Screen and decreased the opacity down to 72%..

Step 6: Finish the coloring

Then I made use of my Color Balance adjustment layer to end this coloring procedure. I added cyan color to the image since I prefer cyan colors in this photo. You can experiment with blue and yellow, however try to get closely match the colors in the this image already has.

Here are the final results of my research:

This is where you compare the outcomes between Step 1 and Step 6, and you will observe beautiful coloring, vibrant shades, highlights and shadows that are natural looking, and you can’t want more. I hope you’ve enjoyed the video and have made it so far. Let me know any comments you’d like to share in the comment area below.

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