This video is a lot more than a tutorial on cinematic color grading in Photoshop. This tutorial is a comprehensive look at what color grading is, how it works, and how it could be applied in Photoshop. This video tutorial discusses color theory, color correction, and the various adjustment layers that can be used to implement the movie look effect in Photoshop.
Color Theory Behind The Movie Look Effect
In this tutorial, we will focus on applying the popular “teal-and-orange” film look effect, seen mostly in summer blockbusters and action films. This color grade gives the dark shades of your image a cool teal tone, while the light shades take a warm orange look, especially the skin tones.
This complementary color combination makes the actor stand out in the frame since complementary colors pop when they are used side-by-side.
But color grading is a lot more than making your actors pop. Color grading is a way to enhance the story your image (or video) is trying to convey.
Color Correction vs. Color Grading
In this tutorial, we discuss both color correction and color grading. A color correction allows you to remove any color casts from an image to make it neutral. While color grade adds color to an image, but this is done to help push the story that the image or video is telling. It is a creative choice.
It is critical that your images contain neutral grays and no color casts so that the color grade that you apply looks the way it should. Although this is not a color correction tutorial, we will learn how to do a quick color correction. If you would like to find out more about color correction you could check out my tutorial on color correction.
Adjustment Layers That Can Apply The Movie Look Effect
We will also look at all the different tools that you can use to apply the film look effect. I prefer to use the Curves Adjustment Layer, but I will also show you how to use other easier to use adjustment layers in case you are a beginner.
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