Color grading of images within 5 minutes

In this video, you’ll discover how to colour grade your photos within five minutes. This will be a an easy tutorial that will provide interesting tips and methods for manipulating hues in your images. First, we’ll balance the details on our picture and after that we’ll proceed to altering colors by using adjustments layers. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Select an the image with a high contrast.

The first thing to do is to choose the image that will be used for color-grading. If you’re looking to select the right image to color grade I’d suggest choosing pictures with a high level of contrast like this image. It is possible to download the image right here in case you wish to learn more.

It is evident that the photo is very bright, the shadows lack details, while highlights are very good.

Step 2 – Add details to shadows

The first thing to accomplish prior to color grading an photo is to include enough information within your photo, so that the color you plan to create should be visible in all areas as bright and clear.

I’m going in the direction of adding more detail to the shadows, by brightening the shadows. For this, I’m making use of shadows and highlights.

Change your photo into a Smart Object by pressing the appropriate button and selecting “Convert into Smart Object”.

Visit Image > Adjustments Highlights and Shadows then use the following settings. These settings can assist in recover details from shadows, and will also make highlights appear a little darker. What you choose to do in the Shadow section, it will brighten the shadows. Likewise, whatever you make on the Highlights section, it darkens the highlights. 

Also, you can play using the Color as well as Midtones sliders to achieve the perfect both contrast and color in our photo.

These are the findings:

Step 3 – Adjustment Layers to Grade Color

The next step is to make your image color-graded. There’s no specific steps that you need to follow in order for adjusting the colors of your photo, but I find this to be enjoyable. It is possible to play using a variety of adjustment layers before you begin changing the hues in your photo.

One of the easiest method to choose the different colors of a spectrum is making use of selective color adjustment. In the moment, I’m trying at cooling down the tone of the image, and that means adding blue-colored tones to the photo and then removing warm tones.

For this purpose I chose yellow as well as Blue color by using selective color because these color combinations that are those that are the brightest in the picture.

I also targeted areas with mid-tones with neutral colors. The settings are shown below.

It is possible to see the result below in the form of cooling tones within the picture:

Step 4: Adding and enhancing colors

It’s now time to give more color the photo. I made use of the Levels adjustment layer with reds as well as blue.

The effect will be to add warm red shades to the shadows, and cool and blue color tones for the highlights.

Additionally, I used RGB properties to increase the brightness of the photo. This can help to bring out color on the picture.

Below are the results after I changed the opacity for levels to 76 percent. It is always possible to alter the level of opacity for adjustments layers in order to blend their effects into the background of the image.

Below you will see my layer stack to date:

Step 5 – Finalizing Touches by using Adobe Camera Raw

Once everything is done, all you’re able to do is make use of Adobe Camera Raw to correct tiny imperfections. Use CTRL + Alt + Shift + E to convert the layer to Smart objects..

Click on filter > Adobe Camera Raw and follow the steps below, or perhaps play using these settings.

By using the settings below, I increased the temperature (adding warmer tones) as well as reducing the tint by a little. I also decreased the contrast and increased the intensity slightly. These kinds of settings within Adobe Camera Raw to add finishing details. When I had applied the settings I lowered the level of opacity to 60 percent.

The image appears really nice with decent color throughout all areas of the image

The most effective thing you can do when altering the colors of your photo is it is to play and play around with various hues using layers of adjustment. When you have figured out the color that is most effective on your photo, then you can you can try enhancing the image however, make sure to not choose a photo with too high contrast. I’m sure you’ve gained something new this morning.

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