Six steps to implementing color tones in Photoshop

Learn to apply designs and colors using Photoshop and create captivating photographs, and create realistic light effects by using techniques for color toning. The course will use a mix of many adjustment layers to make an amazing effect. You are able to use these methods to create stunning coloring for any photo.

Step 1: Step 1 – Open Images

It is important to select the image most appropriate for toning colors. My advice is to choose an image at the edge of saturation or more likely, the shades are faded, or perhaps. If your images have already been on the high-contrast side, but have colours that truly pop out then it is necessary to be super subdued.

Visit “File > Open” and then open the image within Photoshop or download the image below..

Step 2 – Brighten Up Shadows & Highlights

Then we’ll lighten highlights and shadows, but be careful not to overexpress yourself as it can ruin the details in your image. You don’t desire ghoulish white lights or exaggerated shadows without any detail on your photograph.

For an increase in the brightness of your image To boost the brightness of your image, click the Layer menu > Adjustment Layer Curves.

In the following image I have added two points images, one in shadows and another in highlights to soften the image. I chose to be very subtle in this.

The same can be done by using the settings listed below:

Below is a bad example in which you increase the brightness of your image, without focusing on the detail. Avoid this because you will see that there is a lot of detail in the highlights. I wouldn’t suggest doing this on every image.

Step 3. Color Toning using the Gradient Map

The gradient map is among the layers that is most under-appreciated which is why most users don’t make use of this layer. Perhaps they aren’t aware of what it does or typically use different adjustment layers, but if you use this layer, it can accurately apply colors to midtones, shadows as well as highlights in the picture.

If you’re interested in learning more about adjustment layers, take a look at my detailed tutorial to adjustments layers.

Click into the Layer tab, then New Adjustment Layer Gradient Map:

In default, you’ll see an existing gradient but you can double-click the gradient and alter the colors to allow color toning. Double-clicking on it will open the dialog box for editing gradients.I chose two colors: blue = 290a59 to create shadows (dark regions) and orange is #ff7c00 to highlight (bright regions) You can include any color you’d like by just clicking and making a mark in the gradient. You can also select other colors if you want to. To simplify the process I used only two colors, but it is possible to select as many as you’d like.

If you look at the picture it’ll look like the image below and it will be clear that color scheme has been added to the picture. There are a variety of colors by altering the gradient color, but I’ve added an autumnal hue here, which is why I selected the color scheme I chose.

If you alter the blend mode for this layer soft light (Always make use of this blend mode when using gradients), you’ll see the colors now blend into the photo.

It also gives the image beautiful autumnal hue:

Step 4: Add Light Effects

If you observe, you will see the image has become somewhat darker. the colors are nice, however we need to make an light source in order that the colors will pop.

For creating a light effect, you need to create a new layer with the help of CTRL + SHIT + N and naming the layer “light”.

Make use of a round, soft brush, and choose the dark orange shade. I picked #3e1c0a. paint it over the top left side of the image.

Switch the blend mode to Linear Dodge And you’ll be able to see a gorgeous glowing light effect included in the image. Also, you can play using the level of opacity.

The results so far and You can leave for the exact outcomes as the one in the featured photo:

Step 5 – Manipulate Colors

If you’re satisfied with the outcomes, then stop this page, but I noticed that the the orange hue is too bright in the picture and I’d like to lessen the amount of orange by adding more colours to the image. The similar thing by decreasing the opacity that is used in Gradient Map. Gradient Map.

Click on the Layer tab, New Adjustment Layer Color Balance and then use the Midtones setting to alter the color of your image.

Now we can see that there is an extremely soft color appearance to the image. The user can experiment by changing the settings to create various colors.

Step 6 – Change the light color

It is not just possible to alter the colors of the image as a whole, and we also do this with our light effect. For this, you need to include the Light Adjustment Layer. Layer and hit CTRL + G + ALT to cut the layer into a the Light Layer.

Then you’ll be able to check the Colorize option, and experiment using the Hue and Sautration & Lightness Sliders to alter the hue of the light.

Here’s how I altered it so that I am on the magenta side

This is how I’ve changed it to blue.

This can be done until you’re happy by the result.

Here are my final findings:

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