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Editing 360 Degree Photos in Photoshop & After Effects

Lesson 11 of 14

Making Color Adjustments

Chris Converse

Editing 360 Degree Photos in Photoshop & After Effects

Chris Converse

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11. Making Color Adjustments
Now that we’ve added the sun to the image, we need to modify the rest of the image to make it believable. Go to the Effects & Presets panel to search for the Hue/Saturation and Color Balance effects. Drag each onto the image and adjust. While we’ll adjust the effects to modify the image, the enhancements are subjective and you can adjust to your liking.


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2 Software You'll Need Duration:00:36
4 Class Materials Duration:00:56
5 Isolating The Tripod Area Duration:07:17
6 Seamless Tripod Removal Duration:02:04
9 Replacing The Sky Duration:04:06
10 Adding Some Sunshine Duration:06:30
11 Making Color Adjustments Duration:01:32
12 Adding A Logo Duration:04:34

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Making Color Adjustments

So now that we added the sun to this image, we're going to need to make some color adjustments to the rest of the image so that this looks more believable. So we're gonna start by going back to the effects and presets. Let's come in here and let's search for hue saturation. So I'll just type in hue, I can see that showing up here and we want to apply this to the Photoshop file or the base layer, not the adjustment layer. So to do that, we can click and drag and just drop this right on top of the Photoshop layer in the timeline panel. And once this effect is applied, let's come up to the effect controls panel, let's come down to master saturation And let's increase this to about 36. That's going to really warm up the greens and the tops of the trees and really make it look as though the sun is actually hitting all of this. Now, that is going to knock out some of the reds as well. So let's close up the hue saturation. Let's go back to the effects and presets. Let's search for color balan...

ce, let's find this, let's drag and drop it on top of the Photoshop layer and then in the effect controls, let's check, preserve luminosity and then we'll come up to shadow red balance. We'll set this to and then we'll come down to highlight red balance And we'll set this to five and so now we've completed adding our enhancements. Next, we'll add a logo so we can brand this image and we'll place that down where the tripod used to be.

Class Description


  • Get a brief introduction to After Effects (from a Photoshop perspective)
  • Work non-destructively with linked layered Photoshop files
  • Seamlessly remove elements from a 360º photo
  • Create adjustments without causing a ‘seam’ in the final composite
  • Introduce 2D artwork (including logos) without distortion
  • Add special effects including a sunrise and sky replacement


As 360º photos continue to grow in popularity, especially in social media and hospitality industries, the next logical step is to begin editing and enhancing these images just as you do with traditional photography. The challenge is, however, that these are not flat images. As images are “unwrapped” in photo editing tools, we need to use alternate workflows for editing and compositing these types of photos.

This course will show you a step-by-step, non-destructive process, for masking out your tripod, applying 2-dimensional artwork, retouching, and color adjustments, as well as adding special effects to your image.


  • Photographers
  • Graphic Designers
  • Web Designers
  • Interaction Designers
  • VR Designers


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Adobe After Effects CC 2021
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Chris has over 25 years of experience in graphic design, interactive and animated media, with a unique focus on both design and development. Chris possesses development skills across such languages as PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and MySQL, making his design execution optimal across various media, screen sizes, and device capabilities. In addition to design and development, Chris has been a featured speaker in over 225 industry-related events and conferences, including the NAB, Adobe MAX, How Design Live, AIGA, CreativePro Week, and Adobe Video World.


Rex Maximilian

In Lesson 8 I would highly recommend grouping the layers into a folder named "Components," then duplicate it and turn the duplicate into a smart layer. Then rename the smart layer "Composite," or something like that. Then turn off the group of layers leaving only the composite layer displayed. This way the files remains editable for future lawn/image cleaning. The way the instructor did it would delete all of the layers for potential future editing.

Miguel Marnoto