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Beginner Color Toning in Photoshop

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Black & White Adjustment Layer with Tint

Khara Plicanic

Beginner Color Toning in Photoshop

Khara Plicanic

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Lesson Info

4. Black & White Adjustment Layer with Tint

Lesson Info

Black & White Adjustment Layer with Tint

Another thing that you can dio is add a black and white filter. So one way that we can make black and whites is using the hue saturation, as I showed you before. So if we come back to image, we do adjustments, hue, saturation. We can just take the saturation and drag it out. There is our image, right? But im gonna cancel. What if we want to play with the tones in that black and white image? We don't want to just call it a quick and dirty. When you just suck the saturation out, you get a quick and dirty black and white. But what if we want to tweak that? What if we want to individually tuned the reds of our image even though it's going to be black and white? Weaken, tune how the red convert to black and white how the yellows convert to black and white. So to do that, we're gonna go back to our adjustment layer over here and will to the black and white adjustment layer. And now you'll see, we get all these different sliders and we have some presets. So this is the default. But of course ...

we can change it. Teoh, like infrared, for example, would have a different look. Uh ah. High contrast blue filter would make it look like that. So these are just presets. You'll notice as I change these. It's adjusting the sliders below, so you can start with the preset if you want, or you can just grab a slider and start dragging. So if I grab this yellow slider, for example, and I'm pulling it this way, it's darkening the yellows within the image there still black and white. But I can adjust basically the recipe of how that black and white gets mixed together. So it's really pretty powerful and can really give you a lot of control over your image and how it comes together. Yes. Are there sort of for somebody just starting out doing this, opening up that panel for the first time? Are there kind of some rules or advice that you would give to somebody opening up that Just open it up and playing with the black and white with the reds and yellows, like are there? Do you don't Yeah, just like suggestions about it. You know, I I would say if you're really new to this play with the Prefect because you know, I mean, this were working digitally, of course, in Photoshopped, but little news flash for you. Photo shop gets a lot of its inspiration from the dark room and in the dark room we had colored gels that you would actually placed in the enlarger Teoh effect. Even your black and white prints just like this. So the idea of having a high contrast red filter to to filter the reds in your black and white print is not a new thing. This is not, you know, just the amazing adobe invention been around before adobe existed, Adobe digitized it and made it easily usable for all of us. But so these are some tried and true little recipes, if you will so experiment with them and pay attention to the way that it affects your image and what the sliders are doing. And then you can get a feel for how this works and, you know, and what your own taste are. So what, you might what you might like Teoh to do more of and how you can further manipulate your images going forward.

Class Description

You’ve heard of doing color correction to fix color casts and various white balance issues. Now learn how to intentionally skew the colors and tones in an image for the sake of mood or special effect. Learn how hue/saturation, levels, adjustment layers, gradients, and gradient maps can be used for color “incorrection” to create vintage and matte film effects.  

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2015


Sara C. Madsen

Nice little class. Very basic. Perfect for beginners.

a Creativelive Student

Very, very basic. Strictly for beginners.


Khara is very personable and engaging. But I do think people should know this is NOT a color CORRECTION workshop. This is a basic course in that it provides a very brief overview of the pshop functions that can contribute to color manipulation. She does go most into gradient maps.