How To COLOR TONE in Photoshop With Selective Color [CINEMATIC EFFECT]


In this video, I’m going to show you how to
easily apply color tone in Photoshop. Hi, Jesus Ramirez here from the Photoshop
Training Channel. In this video, I’m going to show you how to
quickly and easily apply a color tone to a photo. We’re going to focus on the teal, orange cinematic
effect, but with the techniques that you will learn in this video, you can apply any other
color combination that you like. Okay, let’s get started. We’re going to work on this image here, of
this woman riding a motorcycle. To apply the cinematic color effect or any
other color tone that we want, we’re going to use the selective color adjustment layer. I really like this adjustment layer because
this adjustment layer allows me to apply any color or tone to any other color or tone,
and I know that sounds a little weird. But basically, from this drop-down we can
select any one of these colors or tones, and then add or subtract cyan, magenta, yellow
or black, or apply their opposite color. For example, the easiest one to understand
is the opposite of black is, of course, white. When we select black from the drop down, we
can drag the black slider to subtract black from black, which of course gives us white. When I click on the reset icon, the ones that
are harder to understand are the cyan, magenta and yellow. These sliders give you the opposite colors. The opposite of yellow is blue, the opposite
of magenta is green, and the opposite of cyan is red. I know that can be a little confusing if you’re
just starting out with Photoshop, but you could always open the color balance adjustment
layer, and this adjustment layer shows you a much better representation of the relationship
between colors, cyan, and red, magenta and green, yellow and blue. I’m not exactly sure why Adobe hasn’t applied
that same color labeling system to the selective color adjustment layer, but it is what it
is. I’m going to delete this color balance adjustment
layer, and we’re going to work with the selective color adjustment layer. The first thing we have to do is make sure
that you’re working with an image that does not have a color cast, or that does not have
any other color tones, that way it’s easier to apply the effects that you want to apply. So, in this case, we have an image with neutral
grays, and it’s perfect for this example. I’m going to go into the selective color adjustment
layer. Keep in mind that we’re trying to recreate
the cinematic effect, which is usually blues and teals in the darks, and oranges in the
highlights, mainly in the skin tones. The reason that that color combination is
used is because those colors are opposite in the color wheel, and when they’re put side
by side, they tend to pop. They make the actress or actor stand out. So, that’s what we want to do. Now, if you have no idea what I just said,
I have a video on cinematic color grading where I talk about different color combinations. Where I talk about the color wheel, where
I talk about how color affects story, and I think is one of my best tutorials. So, you can check it out if you like. I have a link to it right below in the description. Anyway, in this tutorial, we’re simply going
to use the selective color adjustment layer. The first thing that you have to think about
is how dark do you want your darkest colors in the image to be? From the drop-down, select blacks. Then use the black slider to decide how bright
the darkest colors are going to be, or how dark they’re going to be. In this case, I want a lot of contrast because
I’m trying to create that cinematic, action movie effect. At about 16% should work, and by the way,
the values that I use in this image may be different than the image that you’re working
with, so use these values as reference. So, you may need a little bit more or a little
bit less. Then, I need to think about what colors I’m
going to add to those shadows, so this is really what color toning is. What colors are we going to apply to the darks
and to the neutrals? I want to add a little bit of cyan, decrease
the magenta just a little bit to add green, and decrease the yellow to add blue. Notice I’m already adding that cinematic look
just by adjusting those three sliders, very easy. That’s before and after. Now that I made those adjustments though,
I think my image is not as dark as I would like it to be, so I can increase the black
just to add a little more contrast. Then, I’m going to go into the neutrals and
do the same thing. I’m going to apply those colors to the neutrals
to create a stronger effect. I’m going to increase the cyan, and this time
I’m not going to adjust the magenta, but I am going to decrease the yellow. Now that I’ve done that, I’m getting exactly
the colors that I want in the shadows and neutrals, but the problem is that I’m also
affecting the skin tones. So our actress is looking a little blue. I can target the colors in her skin tone and
counteract that adjustment. No matter the ethnicity of your model, you
can always find their skin tones in the reds and sometimes even yellows. But in this case, we’re only going to focus on the reds, and I’m going to decrease the
cyan to add red to her skin tones. I’m going to increase the magenta a little
bit, and increase the yellow. Notice how we’re affecting the skin tones
now, so that’s before and after. One of the best things about working with
adjustment layers is you can always go back and make adjustments. After I made all these adjustments, I still
think I need more of a pop, so I’m going to go back in the blacks and increase them even
a bit further. Maybe even make then neutrals a little darker
as well. Before and after. What I’m going to do now is I’m going to put
these two layers into a shell so I can adjust them even further. I’m going to hold shift, click on the background,
this is going to select both layers, then I’m going to right click and select convert
to smart object. A smart object will help us protect those
two layers as we apply more effects. If I want to come back and open up that smart
object, I can open it just by double-clicking on it, and I can continue adjusting it. It’s in a new tab. If I close the tab then I go back into my
working document, no I don’t want to save it. What I’m going to do now is apply an effect,
so I can go into filter, camera, raw filter. To further enhance this adjustment, I’m going
to increase the vibrance. Vibrance is a smart way of adding saturation. Unlike saturation, vibrance protects skin
tones, and it also protects pixels that are already highly saturated, so it’s a smarter
way of adding saturation. Saturation simply just bumps the saturation
and all pixels equally. Then I’m going to increase the clarity. Clarity adds contrast to mid tones, and for
this next step, I’m going to zoom into 100% so that I can look at the details of the image. I’m going to sharpen the image, and when you
sharpen you always want to look at the image at 100% so that you can see what really is
going on. I’m going to increase the sharpening, and
I’m also going to click on this FX icon for the effects tab. And I’m going to increase the grain because
we’re adding a film look effect to this image, so adding that grain helps us create that
illusion of film. When I’m done, I’m going to press okay. The advantage of working with a smart object
is that you can always come back and click on this camera raw label to open up the camera
raw filter once again and make any other adjustments that you like. For example, in the effects tab I can also
a vignette, and then press okay when I’m done. To finalize the effect, I’m going to crop
the image, so we can give it the right aspect ratio that is used in a lot of films. So, select the crop tool and make sure that
you have ratio selected in the drop-down and in the first input box, type in 2.39. And in the second one simply type the number
1. So 2.39×1, this is the aspect ratio used in
a lot of movies, and you can simply place your model into position, and then click on
the check mark when you’re done to commit the changes. That finalizes our movie look effect. Remember that with this technique you can
use any other color combination that you want, you’re not stuck with this color combination. Let me know in the comments what you think
about the orange teal effect. I know some people don’t like it, some people
do. Let me know how you feel about it. Also, if you create something using this technique,
feel free to post the link down below in the comments, or also if you post it on Instagram,
use the hashtag #ptcvids and I often look for that hashtag to see what you’re all up
to. If this is your first time at the Photoshop
Training Channel, then don’t forget to click on that subscribe button. Thank you so much for watching, and I will
talk to you again soon.

90 Replies to “How To COLOR TONE in Photoshop With Selective Color [CINEMATIC EFFECT]

  1. This is just wonderful! – I absolutely love the 'new look' you crafted from the original, and I will surely use these insights myself. Thanks a million, Jesús!

  2. Great tutorial, thank you. Loved the part about combining your layer and adjustment layers into a smart object and then using Camera RAW.

  3. This is the best tutorial on the subject, by far! Thank you for actually explaining the 'why' behind every step instead of just showing which sliders to move.

  4. Why aren't you uploading more videos??
    There are just 2 or 3 vids per month.. Can you just plzzzz upload more tutorials?☺☺

  5. Great effect and great tutorial, as usual. Your tutorials are also useful to increase my knowledege of American English too!!!

  6. 🔗 Advanced Cinematic Color Grading Tutorial :
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrD53AJmfEM&list=PL3bfN-31F9RfIYmd445LK9F8pQ7jbmHPu

  7. Thanks Jesus, always interesting even when you've used these functions in Photoshop you offer new ways to apply the effects. I have a question for you unrelated to this video. I do photo editing for a photographer, I've been task with a project and I can't find a good workflow. Would you be willing to take a look at what I'm trying to accomplish and make suggestions as to what approach you would use? i can send you a sample of the work Thanks Douglas

  8. Well done… you're pretty good at explaining and showing anything about color retouching… I really enjoy them… i'm pretty crazy for everything about color, so, thanks a lot…….

  9. Thanks a lot Jesus – I've almost buy your course on Mastering Color in Photoshop – But it's not easy to remeber – MAy be I need ti go back and listen again your course.

  10. This has to be in the top 10 of Photoshop tutorial channels on YT. Excellent comprehensive easy to understand lessons with all the links you could want in the description. Good job.

  11. Perfectly explained! I like your tutorials so much, Jesus!!!! And: I do like the cinematc color tone of your video! Regards, Brigitte

  12. Wow, I'm going to have to watch this again as there's so much info BUT it's wonderful and I really like the new effect. Thanks.

  13. I really felt happy that I saw your face on the video! Please do this format from now onwards! So that we gain some confidence looking at you! This video is awesome! Can we achieve this kinda color grading with gradient maps? How can we achieve that Brownish color grade like we see in cowboy movies? If possible please do a tutorial on this Sir!

  14. This was great! I would love to you apply cinematic into other "more colourful" pictures.. Can you make a tutorial with a picture covering other palette of Colours? Like green? Please hahaha

  15. You r one of the best teacher I have seing teaching such detail subject like Photoshop, congratulation and many thanks to teach an old crocodile like me.😎 please keep up the good work. When ever in Raleigh NC, let me buy the coffee.

  16. it is easy to be understand. If you can repeat and emphasize by repeating the key words on each step, it will be perfect. tks for lecture.

  17. I really enjoy watching your tutorials, they are very informative and easy to follow. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Great technique, I personally feel, its missing a something warm in the mid-highlights to complete the cold tones. How would you proceed ? Using the white channel only ? Best regards

  19. amigo..excelente tutorial. Me acabo de suscribir. Eres el mejor maestro de photoshop, pero tengo una duda: como sabes sino estas abusando de la saturacion sino usas vibrance, o no afecta? muchas gracias. Like

  20. What's wrong with your d letter? almost sounds like a russian T (the ddttuaarkest color) which is kinda annoying.. lol kidding. Thanks for the great tutorial!

  21. Such a great tutorial!!! thank you so much, can I use this color grading method and export as a LUT to use in premiere?

  22. Great tutorial!😊 👍🏼 I hope Adobe will add the colored labeling system to the selective color adjustment layer in another future update 😎

  23. I don't think Photoshop elements 2018 has selective color, but is there any other feature which can give a similar effect?

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