Visit Unsplah and download some images and then open them up in Photoshop
In films the colours will not look real/ unnatural
- Open the photo in Lightroom
- Decide which part of the picture is your primary focal point
- Check the exposure is correct, if not then change it
- Check the white balance is correct, if not then change it (this won’t work if you have mixed lighting).
- Turn on lens corrections, tick ‘enable profile corrections’
- Lens profile should be filled in already, if not then put in the brand of lens
– Adjustments – click gradient map (will make a new layer, the picture will be black and white)
– Click in the middle of the gradient colour (black and white)
– Open up the gradient editor and have a play with the colour or gradient you like.
Once you have found a colour you like, make adjustments to the shadows and highlights.
From ‘Normal’ to ‘Soft light’
Turn down the opacity to change the colour.
Adjustments – Colour Lookup (grid)
‘Load 3D Lut’ – change this to a new filter. I chose – ‘2Strip. Look’
Line up – brighter
Line down – darker
Line up – more red
Line down – Cya (opposite side of the colour wheel)
Line up – more green
Line down – magenta (opposite side of the colour wheel)
R – C
G – M
B – Y
- Using curves allows you to make changes to the shadows, midtowns and highlights of an image.
Selective colour (triangles)
Click colours, change it from reds to whites
Cyan – R
Magenta – G
Yellow – B
Target specific parts of the image using layer masks
– Create luminosity masks (press play)
– Create all the layer masks you might need – in the channels pannel
– Select the layer you would like to use, command + click on it to create a selection
– Distribution folder, Photography, Colour Grading, drag it to the workspace
– lumensier free masks
Select a part of the image and make changes to it, using layer masks.
I looked at the colour grading for the film ‘Lost in Translation’ as I found the colours used were visually pleasing to me, and so I wanted to see if I could create this type of colour grading myself on photoshop.
I applied what I had learnt from using the ‘Gradient Map’ tool in the adjustment options.
I then adjusted the purple colour to something much lighter.
I then did the same to the orange colour – making it much lighter.
I then turned down the opacity from 100% to 35%
To finish the image I used the curves tool to bring out the highlights more – making the image brighter.