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Beginner Color Toning in Photoshop

Lesson 6 of 11

Toning with Color Fills

Khara Plicanic

Beginner Color Toning in Photoshop

Khara Plicanic

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Lesson Info

6. Toning with Color Fills

Lesson Info

Toning with Color Fills

another thing that we can dio when adding color to our images. And I like this one a lot too is we can just do what I would call like a color wash. Just wash the whole image with a color will do that with an adjustment layer as well. So I'm going to come back to the little yin yang. Click on that and you'll notice that the very top option says solid color. So I'm gonna click there, and right now it's defaulting to black. I'm into an orange color. So I'm going to drag my slider toe orange and I want, like, a bright Well, maybe a little more red than that. Maybe like this, something like this. Like a just a bright orange on. I'll click. OK, then, that look great. Now I'm done. Left uninjured? Um, yeah, that's not We're not done. Then what weaken dio is change the blend mode. Okay, I'm not sure if you guys are familiar with blend modes yet, but they're pretty incredible. I think I taught a whole sect, um course on blend modes one time, there really powerful. And you can do so many amazing...

things with them so by default when you add a new layer or you at an adjustment layer whenever you make new layers by default there in normal blend mode. So at the top, towards the top of the layers panel we see right here normal and a little drop down, that's what that's referring to the blend mode. So it's as if we took paint on a roller and just plowed it over the image. But it doesn't have to be that way. We can change that. So instead of normal, we could do something like over late, and now we can see through the orange to the photo below. Turns out there's a whole bunch of adjustments here. Adjustment blend modes. Here's one called Multiply, so they all have a different behavior for the way that they filter and blend the, uh, actively er, in this case, the Orange Bill. How it's being blended with everything underneath it to explain how each of you blend modes works would take a very long time and probably not be very helpful. I think it's easier to just I understand some basics and that comes with practice. But these ones right here you can see that they're sort of subdivided. These ones right here tend to darken things. So, for example, multiply. We have the orange and we can see the orange, and we can see the picture below. And if I remove the orange, the image gets brighter, so it's it's darkening it. Overall, these ones here tend to lighten the image. So, for example, screen is gonna lighten it. You just have to experiment, and over time you start to get a little bit of the hang of how they work. But I don't feel like you can't use them unless you fully understand it, cause then you'll never get to touch them. Okay, So don't be afraid of them. Just dive in a neat thing that you can do when you're experimenting with this, it's scroll through them. And one way to do that on a PC, you can actually just mouth in here, and then I think you just use your arrow keys and scroll through them on a Mac. It's a little bit more of a hassle. You have to have your move tool active, so get your move tool, and with your move tool active, you can hold shift. And then when you hit the, um, plus on your keyboard or the minus, you can scroll forwards or backwards. So I'm holding shift and I'm just hitting plus plus plus, and we can see the image changing into all these different ways that the layers blended. Now, some of them granted look ridiculous, right? Like I'm not going to give this to a client and be like, Hey, here's your wedding photo. I hope you love it. Where's my money? Just, um, I'm probably not gonna get hired a lot if I did that, but let's go, Teoh. Another one that looks a little crazy like pin li ke. That looks ridiculous, but we're not done yet. Not only can we change the blend mode, but we can also change the opacity. So this adjustment layer that's filled with orange that's in now in pin light blend mode, whatever that means. We can faded away basically. So, yeah, it's a little too intense. It looks like the Doritos in the cafeteria, you know, in the break room, those air really bright orange. Um, so if we want to just fade that back a little bit, we can just drag the slider down. Probably quite a bit. I mean, it depends on your image. It depends on the color. Depends on the blend mode you're using Some. Maybe you don't fade. Others, maybe you do. But now, now it just kind of have a warm vintage e kind of the same effect of, like, the orange color filter that we the photo filter that we applied earlier. So again, there's a 1,000,000 ways to do everything right. Um, I like working this way because I think you have, ah wider range of possible results because you can manipulate the blend mode So you're not just adding an orange filter, you're adding an orange filter, but you can blend it in all these different ways and control the opacity and everything. So I I do this kind of thing a lot, So this, you know, you could consider this sort of a vintage effect, if you will

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.