How to use Color Grading for Effect and Tone Control in Photoshop

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Photoshop is a massive tool that can be used to do just about anything on your images. But, knowing how and when to use which tool can be daunting.

In these two videos you can see how to use color grading with adjustments layers to make special effects and add or control color and tone in your images.

This one from Clay Cook shows you how to “Color Grade like a Pro” as he walks you through two portraits as he processes them in Photoshop:

In this second one from SLR lounge photographer, Lauri Laukkanen, goes through how it takes one image from camera to a fashion look using color grading:

Lastly if you really want to put this information to use here’s an in-depth tutorial on using color grading to make a cinematic poster look to an image:

Have you tried color grading before? Please show us your results below in the comments if you follow along and give it a go.

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  • sathish

    These are Nice…My Favorite color grading tutorial is below one….
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xR8Ef5IbnwI

  • Fernando Coutinho

    Always great tutorials. This was one of the ones I liked the most and I will apply in my photographs. Thank you very much.
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    http://www.fernandocoutinho.com.br

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