Course Description

Have you reached the point in your photographic journey when you consistently get exposure right, your composition skills are first class, you have fantastic ideas for images... but the final results are still missing the "wow" effect? The missing piece is next-level color work, which can make or break your final artwork. In this hands-on course, you’ll learn how to color grade like a pro to elevate your images and add a beautiful, personal finishing touch. Working from a downloadable, high-quality reference image, you’ll follow easy instructions on how to use color to infuse your imagery with mood and feeling in order to support and enrich the story you’re telling with your images.

You Will Learn

  • The dos and don’ts of professional color grading

  • Replicating color grading from a selected reference image and applying it to a new photo

  • How to analyse in-depth properties of the reference image

  • The easy way to break down an image in terms of color grading and to see particular components and their numeric values

  • Which specific Photoshop tools to use in order to quickly break down the “color code” of a reference image

  • How to avoid typical pitfalls when working on color grading from a reference

Sharpen Your Skills

Conduct In-depth Analysis of a Reference Image

Learn to perform a complete reference image analysis, which is the first step of successful color grading. You’ll break down the reference image by fundamental properties such as luminosity, contrast and color.
Conduct In-depth Analysis of a Reference Image

Make Selective Luminosity Adjustments

Work with the powerful Photoshop’s Curves tool to achieve a perfect starting point before you move into color grading.
Make Selective Luminosity Adjustments

Successfully Use The Histogram Tool

Understanding the Histogram Tool is a basic skill necessary for any creative photo editing process. Learn how to take advantage of the information it provides and incorporate it into your color grading workflow.
Successfully Use The Histogram Tool

Employ Creative Color Grading

Color grading is a unique and creative process, where you as an artist and storyteller have total freedom to express your ideas using color adjustments. Learn how to achieve gorgeous, eye-grabbing results with precise tone and color enhancements.
Employ Creative Color Grading

Complete workflows using real-life examples train you for better results in your own work

Learn by Doing

Complete Photo Edit: Chris

Follow the video for detailed instruction for the best way to replicate a color scheme from a reference image in this portrait of Chris. Together we will set the base by adjusting luminosity levels with the Curves tool. You will also learn a pro trick that allows you to manipulate luminosity without affecting the saturation in the photograph. Once we’ve adjusted the brightness in the image, we will focus on color grading with the Selective Color adjustment layer.
Complete Photo Edit: Chris

We love helping photographers improve their skills

Real Students, Real Results

“Kasia always delivers excellent courses breaking down fundamentals in a clear path to knowledge and Improvement I personally own all of her courses and they have help me tremendously to elevate my photography and post production skills. Nothing but good things to say about this excellent teacher.”

Sandro CabreraSandro Cabrera

“Very informative and finally I have a better understanding of the histogram.”

Clinton PetersClinton Peters

“Very informative course, i was doing it by eye until now, no color picker, no histogram or whatever, maybe i will try doing it your way :) . Thanks.”

Igor RisteskiIgor Risteski

What's Included

  • • 1 hour of in-depth content for beginning / intermediate users

  • • High resolution TIFF file for you to edit along with the videos

Curriculum

  • 1
    Promo Video
    • Welcome to the Course!
  • 2
    Easy Color Grading from a Photo Reference in Photoshop
  • 3
    Color Grading from a Reference in Action
    • Let's Play With Color - Part One
    • Let's Play With Color - Part Two
  • 4
    Resources
    • Download Resources Here

Easy Color Grading from a Photo Reference in Photoshop

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