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Color Grading In Photoshop

teacher avatar Jon Brommet, Crusoe Design Co.

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      Color Grading Examples


    • 3.

      Gradient Map Method


    • 4.

      Selective Color Method


    • 5.

      Curves Method


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    • 7.

      A Message From Future Jon


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About This Class

Colour Grading  is a method used in many blockbuster movies. It is the process of adding color (in most cases, complimentary colors) to your footage to add emotion and tone to your film. This method can also be used on Photographs to achieve the same results. This is a surprisingly easy to do in Adobe Photoshop! Your photos will never look the same again.

In this class I will go over 3 methods of adding Colour Grading (or colour, for my American friends) to your (or downloaded) photographs. They are all really easy to use, and you will find it difficult to not use this method in all of your photos moving forward.

Be warned though, you will never look at movies the same again!


Class Outline

  • Introduction. Color grading is a commonly used movie effect that adds mood and tension to the atmosphere through the use of complementary color schemes. Graphic designer Jon Brommet has created one of the best Photoshop tutorials on color grading to show you how to use Photoshop to bring this same movie magic to your own photos with just a few quick steps. You’ll learn the science behind the color choices, as well as three different methods for accomplishing this Hollywood effect. No matter your skill level, this quick series of basic Photoshop tutorials will show you how to quickly add depth to any portrait or landscape photos. You will also learn how to apply these color correction Photoshop techniques with control so you can choose the level of color grading, from extreme to subtle, depending on your needs.
  • Color Grading Examples. To get you started, Jon shows you several examples of how color grading has been used in popular movies like “The Matrix” and “Mad Max.” He’ll go into the psychology behind this technique and show you the differences between what the original footage looked like and how it changes through color grading. Once you understand the theory behind it, you can then use primary and complementary color grading to get the same effect in Photoshop.
  • Gradient Map Method. The first method you will cover uses Photoshop gradient maps and is also the easiest. Taking just a few moments, this method is perfect for new learners who might only know how to apply drop shadow Photoshop effects. In just a few minutes, you will easily adjust the tone and mood of nearly any photo using color grading, adding depth and dimension to your images.
  • Selective Color Method. The next method adds a higher element of control, but is still easy enough for beginners to follow. Here, Jon shows you how to use layer masks and adjustment layers to selectively target individual colors in your image so that you can fine-tune the effect to your liking. He’ll also show you a few shortcuts to make this process even faster and allow you to fine-tune the colors as you apply the effect. You’ll also learn how to use layer masks to remove the effect from areas you don’t want to change, such as skin, to create a more realistic image.
  • Curves Method. The most popular method of color grading is also the most complex, but only slightly. In this lesson, Jon gives you an in-depth look at how to use two different curves adjustments to bring an unprecedented level of control to your image. He’ll show you how to adjust individual color channels, target the dark and light areas of the photo selectively, and how to use a second curve for luminosity. He’ll walk you through several examples so you can see the differences between the before and after so that you can better understand how the effect works and apply it to just about any photo.

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1. Introduction: Hey, what's up Internet. My name is Jon Brommet and welcome to Color Grading In Photoshop. Some of you may not know what color grading is, and it's a really common effect that's used in the movie industry all the time. It's using complementary colors most often. What it does is add a lot of mood and tension to a scene without really doing anything other than just tricking your eyes. Really common is in action movies, horror movies, and things in that nature where you want a tense dramatic feel. Usually what they'll do is they make the film look teal. This isn't done using the camera, of course, it's actually done in post-production. I'm going to add this effect to photos because it works really well on them too. If you want them to be a little more dramatic, or moody, you can add that teal, and then often an orange feel. You're usually still want to keep skin color the same as it usually is, if there's a person in the photo, but sometimes in movies like, The Matrix or sci-fi films, they'll actually push that even further and they'll add these green tones, and they'll even add in the skin, and it just gives it that other world strange science-fiction feel to it. Another really common thing is if you look at apocalyptic movies or war movies, usually what they'll do is they will suck out all of the saturation, they will make them really gray, and washed, and then put in these yellows in things, because that gives it that end of the world feel. It's really good effect. It's cool to do in Photoshop. It's fun at your own photos. Even if you're not a photographer of any kind or not, it's fun to add to portraits, it's fun add to landscape photos, and it's fun to just add to photos that you've taken from stock photography. In this class, I'm going to show you how to do that and it's going to be a lot of fun. Click enroll and we'll see you in a second. 2. Color Grading Examples: Welcome to color grading in Photoshop. Color Grading is a method of using color that's often applied to the movie industry. There's different ways to use the color, but most likely it's primary colors, which I'll show you in a few minutes. It adds a lot of emotion to a scene, it adds a lot of emotion to a photo, and it can give it a real mood and help emphasize that look that you're going for. A really common one is the teal and orange color set that you're seeing here, but there are different other methods that I'm going to also show you. As with anything in Photoshop, there's a lot of different ways to do color grading, but I'm going to show you just a couple of them here. I want to use the ones that I find the most useful, and also some of them are a little easier to follow. That way, you can just get into it without having to spend hours trying to improve your photo. The first thing I want to do is go over to my movie examples to show you guys exactly what we're talking about here. When this Batman versus Superman scene was filmed, it definitely wasn't teal and orange like you're seeing. In fact, you'll see in there a little bit later that Superman's costume is actually very bright blue and they've toned it down, just to give it a lot more mood and it makes it look more dramatic and less fake frankly. As you can see in the background here, we've got lots of different teals coming in as well as some greens, and if we look over here into the skin color, this is where you're going to see some of the orange as well as some of the natural skin colors. The red is also slightly more emphasized along with the orange feel that you'll see in his face. Again, this is just to help make the movie more moody. If this was just plain grays and whites and things like that, it just doesn't have the same emotional impact. The problem with that is that a lot of movies actually look the same these days because they're using the same color theme across a wide variety of movies. We'll show some more examples. This is just going to be another scene for Batman versus Superman, but as you can see, there's a lot of orange in the face, and there's lots of teal on the background and teal even in the jacket and things like that. Again, it's just to emphasize that feel, it makes it a little warmer. Those are complementary colors, a teal and an orange. Naturally is just more pleasing to the eye. Now if we look at a horror movie like The Ring, they actually are using a ton of teal as well because they want this girl obviously to look a little bit less natural. They're actually also pulling the green and the teal into her skin. Whereas normally, you would leave that as either a natural color or a little bit more to the orange. But again, it's another example of adding a lot of emotion by just adding color to it. The same goes with Nightmare on Elm Street, it's a very good example as you can see, everything is teal, and you've got some orange again in the face with some natural skin tones and her hair. Again, as you can see, it's a lot of examples even going back to The Exorcist. A lot of older movies don't use this theme as much, but The Exorcist as you can see does. If we look at a newer version of Halloween, same thing. The Conjuring, although they've definitely toned down the skin and made a little more neutral, that adds a lot of emotion too as I'll show you soon. Mad Max goes the other way, and instead of making the shadows teal, they've made the bright sky teal and made everything else orange. Again, it's that same kind of color tricks that are going to play on your eyes. They make the video a lot more eye-catching or eye-pleasing. But this exact same method can be used in photos as you can see if you're looking at this as a photo. Now Transformers is infamous for taking this a little too far. I think Michael Bay goes a little crazy in his movies and the skin tones, for the most part don't look natural anymore. It looks like Megan Fox spent a little bit too long in a tanning bed and lots of teals. Same thing here as you can see, a lots of orange with teals in the background. That's a really common color method. But if we get into some grays and neutral, this is really common in apocalyptic movies and horror movies. It makes it a little more dramatic and drab and miserable seeming. As you can see, there's a lot of grays in here and some beiges and just really washed out desolate feel which obviously works well for the movie. Same as Saving Private Ryan, The Book of EIi, and District 9. Again, you're going to find that everything has a good feel to it based on the colors you're using. For Saw, there's a lot of green, green gives us an out-of-worldly, just bizarre feel, which will play really well into different movies. There's Saw, Harry Potter, this one's a little more on the teal side as well. The Matrix does it, they pull it into the skin as well so the skin is a little bit green. If that's not driving it home enough, we're going to show you a little bit of a before and after. Here's the example I referred to earlier of Superman. As you can see, this is what he looks like in real life, with a very bright blue suit, a quite bright red, obviously national skin tones and once they bring it into post-production, although this one's obviously been photoshopped as well because it's a promo poster, they really toned everything down and play with the colors a ton. It's a great example of how far they'll actually take it from what it was filmed it in real life to what it looks like afterwards. House on Pine Street is really cool because it was done by a studio that actually put this out. If you search the House on Pine Street on YouTube and type in color grading, you'll actually get to watch a video where they'll show the before and after. These are a couple of stills of it, but I definitely recommend that you check that video out. You'll also notice that sometimes you might be like, why are they filming things so poorly? Because they look really gray and washed out, the blacks aren't very dark, the lights aren't very light. That's because it allows the most play later on in post-production. If you have a really dark black, all you can do is wash it out. You can't make it any darker, you can't have the adjustments. Same with the white, if it's a really bright white, It's hard to bring it back down to a neutral without it looking improper. What they do is they film some movies very washed out because it allows them to have the most control with the color. This is another example of House on Pine Street. It's a huge difference, I mean you can see the base of the bright lights, all these very natural film. If you went in this hallway, this is what your video would look like, and this is what after all the color effects that they've added to them. It may seem complicated. The result is so dramatic, but it's actually quite easy to do. The last one I wanted to show is Game of Thrones. This is a tourist photo in the exact same location as this Game of Thrones scene was filmed. You can see that they added a lot of beiges, a lot of oranges just to pull in some color and again, give it a different look. That's the basis of what color grading is, and going into the next video, I'm going to show you different methods for doing it with your own photography or photography you got off the web. I think it's a really cool thing to know. I didn't know about it up until a few years ago. Unfortunately, you may never see a movie the same again because you're going to notice that it's color graded, but it's good to know, and it's a really fun, easy way to dramatically change your photos. We'll see you in a second. 3. Gradient Map Method: So the first example I want to show you is called gradient mapping. As mentioned, there's a lot of different ways to do it, but this is definitely one of the easier ones. I wanted to start with that so that you can choose what you want to do and how far you want to take it. I got this photo of Adobe Stock and it's got a lot of mood and actually has a ton of color gradient already in it. What I want to do is; I want to take a little bit further, so that I had more control. What I actually did is I did some photoshopping, to sort of wash it out and make it a little more neutral and a little more like what it probably looked like when it was actually taken. We'll go ahead and we'll delete these other layers for the moment. I'll show you how to add a color grade. You can call this whatever you want. I'm just going to leave it what it is. What we're going to do is we're going to go down here to this circle that's cut in half. We'll click that and we'll go to gradient map. Now the reason why we do this instead of going to image adjustments, and then you could find the same thing under gradient map is once you make the changes here, they are permanently applied to this layer, which is not great. In anytime you're using photoshop, you want to do something that's called non-destructive editing. Basically, you want to have it so that you can go back at any point and change what you've done without having to re-do everything. A good way to do that is to go here and click gradient map. As you can see, it's adding the adjustment on its own layer. If we hide that, we still have the original unedited photo right there. That's great. That's a really useful thing to have. Now I'll explain how gradient colormap works. If we look here, this is the darkest colors in our photo. That's obviously signified as black. Over here, which for some reason is black as well, that's the lightest colors. In this example we have the blacks are turned to this light gray and the whites are turned to white. If we go ahead here and we double-click on this top, and we add our kind of teal color, nice dark teal. Now you'll see the blacks are turning to this dark teal. That adds a lot of mood in contrast to it, which is pretty cool. Now if we double-click on this white layer and we bring it into a nice bright orange. You're going to get some really moody orange to it. I'm going to leave it like that and click "okay". Now obviously that looks cool. It has a lot of emotion to it, but it also looks very fake. What you want to do is, there's a lot of different ways to do it, but a cool one is soft light. What it's doing is it's applying those colors there, but they're are a lot less obvious. They're a little more subtle. You can see that the girl's face is very obvious and you can see the before and after changes. They are definitely strong. This is an example of when you may want to go back and say, you don't like that orange is too bright. So we'll double-click here. We'll tone down that orange a little bit. Get a more peach color. Then another cool thing is that if you want to really amplify it, if you simply hit Command J which is "Ctrl+J" on the PC, and duplicate it. It'll now double up that gradient map that you have and it'll apply it a lot stronger. So that's the basis of it. You can go ahead afterwards and you could lighten this one down a little bit and get comfortable where you want it. You can delete it, leave it here, you can play with different types of effects on the layer itself. Having a hard light versus a soft light, just experiment around overlay, see what kind of different effects will add to it. But soft light is definitely a cool one. That's the basis of using the gradient map. It's really easy if we go here, there's going to be some preset ones that you can try out. Another cool thing is if we go back here, you can easily add this by simply going to new. Now this one will save here so that later on, when you're doing another photo, you can click it. A lot of photos, you're going to have to play with it. But using the gradient map is pretty cool because it'll add it pretty easily across all photos. If we went over here to a different photo, which is a photo of a crowd, and I added my gradient map. Let's double-click it here. Click our gradient map that we just made. You can see just like that it's added a lot of mood to it. Same here we'll go to our lamp shade. I've already added these effects, which I'll show you soon. But if we add another one and we go to gradient map, we click one that we just made and we go down to soft light. Maybe that's too subtle. Double it up. You can see you're adding a lot of emotion and really easily. This one, I didn't change the south look because I like it as it is, but we could try that. Again, it just depends on how strong you want that effect you try overlay. But in this one I think it's cool to have it all the way. That's a good example of gradient maps and how easy they are to use and you can see that this actually looks quite a bit like my final. It's just a little bit more tone down because you don't have quite as much control when using a gradient map. We'll go ahead to the next video and I'll show you a new method. 4. Selective Color Method: With our gradient map still here, we're just going to go ahead and hide that, that's clicking this eye right beside it will hide that layer. I've gone on, assuming that you have a rough idea of how to use Photoshop but I imagine that you can follow this class even if you're opening it up for one of the first times, it's pretty easy, pretty straightforward. If you're wondering my workspace, if you go to Window, Workspace, I just haven't set to Essentials. It's laid out very similar. If some of your boxes are hitting, you could go ahead and click some of these arrows, it'll expand some of them but more or less that's probably what you have setup. The next method I want to show you is selective color. Again, it's another really easy one, and you can get a very similar effect, but you have a little bit more control this time. Hitting the same thing, we're going to go to Selective Color, and then you have the different colors here to play with. If we go ahead and we click out reds, as you'll see anything that's red, which a lot of the time the reds are going to affect the skin tone. If you crank it all the way to the right, it's going to add some cyan to it, and if you crank it all the way to the left, it's going to add some more red. Let's leave it nice in bright red. The same idea here, we can play with it, that's definitely adding too much magenta, we can get some yellow in there, so bringing in a little so it's not too orange. Then same idea with the yellow, you can go back and forth. I'm going to emphasize it little, you can also darken it up by adding some blacks. Again, I want this example to be really strong, just to show it to you. I might be going a little overboard, a little bit Michael Bay on this. But we're just messing around. Yellows are going to be basically the same thing, we don't probably need to even play with this, because they're going to be in this photo, there are going to be affecting mostly the same things. But if we get into the cyan, this is where we'll start to notice the background change. It's not to settle, but you can see it in the smoke here. There's adding a lot of blue to it, so maybe we'll try adding quite a bit, and now I want to go make it a little more teal, you try darken it up a bit. Not a real strong obvious ones on there. It's the same thing, you just experimenting, you're seeing where it affects it, now it's affecting the secondary layer of smoke. I'm going to try and make that a little more to teal. You can see that this is sadly affecting that, you may not even be able to see that too strongly on your screen. All right, a big one. Can I add some cyan in there. You're neutral is where we're really going to be affecting these, because these are all basically grays, so we're really affecting them by pulling in some cyan here, you can put in some red or magenta. But I'm going to go a little bit ridiculously far with it. I want to get that in-between that blue, and then you can play with that how dark you on it. Then the beauty of this is you can go back to those reds. You may decide all the phases to effected or it's not effective enough, you can get back into those yellows and start to play around with the face a little more. Then you could always go back to the neutrals and just bring it back a little bit if the face is getting too strong. Then there's also other options where you could simply add layer masks and they're already are layer mass added to this, so let's show an example of this. What I'm going to do is I'm actually going to let's say that this is pretty good for her face but we want the background to be a little bit more dark and teal without affecting her face. I'm going to duplicate this, that's Command J or Control J, and hide the other layers to temporarily. We're going to bring it a little further. We're basically just going to ignore her face altogether for right now. Let's say we're really happy with that for the backward, as you can see, her face is really heavily affected. If we're selecting here, you want to make sure that you're selecting this box on the right, that's the Layer Mask, and we're going to simply add the brush so that B on your keyboard, and using your right and left brackets, you can expand it. If we make sure that black is our four rounds. 5. Curves Method: You saw what we did with selective color. Let's just go back and look quickly at our options. That is, if we look at our gradient map, you can see the effects that you got there. You got the light teals, you still have your neutrals and you've got this yellowy orange skin. As you can see, we had some more effects, and we add some more fun by doing the selective layer twice, and adding it throughout the image. We got a lot more mood, a lot more effects because we were able to control it more. Now we're going to get into the big part of this, which is actually using curves. Of course we don't need my text or my little white line. We're going to go ahead and delete those. As you can see, I put a mask on here, which is masking part of it, but we're going to go ahead and show the whole thing. In this, I have two different curves setup. I have the first curve, which you can see is set to normal. I have the second curve which is set to Luminosity. I'm going to show you exactly why I did those things. First, let's go in here and we're going to double-click on our curve. You can see what's happened here and how I've set it up. Now, what happens is you can affect the entire thing overall, or you can affect each channel, red, green, and blue if you're in RGB color mode. What we want to do is I'm actually going to go ahead and reset all of this. That's this little arrow right here. It'll put everything back to neutral. Now you can see with this turn on or off, nothing is happening. Although it's not confusing you too much that I have all these different layers going on, just focus on the ones that are shown. I'm only leaving these on so I can show you exactly how each one affected it and I can go back and compare each one. If you look at our curve over here, if we were to click a point anywhere on it, we've added a point. Now, if we drag it, we can actually really affect the look of your image. If you've been using Photoshop for basically any length of time, you're probably going to know about curves because they are really useful, and you can see that they can add a lot of mood right away in a photo. They can really help adjust the color schemes and get the levels well. I'm going to go ahead and I'm going to undo that because I don't want to play with the contrast in this layer because adding the contrast in the color, and curves can mess everything up. In this case, I wanted to just play with the color, so I can leave it set to normal, or I could actually even go down and take it a step further, and just put it to just color, which is what I'm going to do here. If we go over to red, this is probably going to be where the largest amount of change happens. I'm going to go over to Safari. I want to show you too that some of these photos are on As you can see the keywords, if you type in hands, concert, or something like that, these will come up, and you can download some of the images that I'm using. Again, this image is actually from Adobe Stock, so you'd have to buy the image in order to use it. You don't have to do that, but you can even download the camp that has the Adobe Stock written across it, the watermark, and you can still follow along pretty well. If we go over here, this is It'll actually show you a color wheel. This is set to complementary as you can see here. There's definitely a lot of different color codes that you could use. But I'd rather just stick with complementary and keep this an easier class to understand. But as you can see here, the opposite of teal, is orange, and that means that they are complimentary. These colors go really well together, and they're very pleasing to the eye. The same thing goes with any of them. If you look green, a magenta is really a nice to look at, blues and yellows, things like that. You're going to see orange blues as well. Then as the oranges turn a little bit more red, that's where you're going to get your teal colors. We'll go over here and bring those into the teal. Basically a teal is just a combination of blue and green, if you're unfamiliar with colors theory. Complimentary colors are definitely the most pleasing to the eye. If you want to try and mess around with different gradients, and color maps, and things, you can try using the magenta, and the green, and stuff, and you're still going to get a really pleasing effect overall. If we go into our photo, and this time, we want to try and pull out some color, and mess around with it. If we looked here, what is the opposite of red? That is green, as you can see. That means that if I pull this this way, it's going to add a lot more green, or teal on it and if I pull it this way, we're going to put a lot more red into it. As you can see, you can get pretty extreme, so let's undo it. If we go into our red channel here and we pull in this darkest area, you're going to see it turned to green and teal. If we bring it up, you're going to see that it actually pulls it all into red. That's an example, and that's affecting the darkest areas of your photo. This point is affecting the lightest areas of your photo. If you bring it down, you're going to see that in this case it's pretty extreme, but you can see that it's changing the face, and same idea changing the face. That's how a curve works. We could do the same thing where we go into here and we pull it down, but the problem is that it's going to affect the face and the background very similarly with this curve, so a cool way to do it is if you actually go to this little hand here and you hover over any image, it's going to show you where it falls on this bar, and that's defaulted to RGB. Let's go back to red. It'll show you where you are on the color spectrum. If we go and click here and we say that we want, and I'm clicking and dragging. I'm saying I want that area to be a lot more teal, but it's also affecting the girl. Now if I click in her face, and I drag it back up, or pulling the orange back into it, or the red back into it, that way we're affecting the lights, and the darks separately. Most of the color adjustments in this photo, and for this color scheme are in the red because the red and the green are the main ones. But you can try and pull it and do a similar thing here. You can see maybe if you want a different effect, you can get some purples, or you can bring some more greens into it. I'm just going to pull a little bit of green out of it. In the face you could decide, it may not hurt you if you want some crazy colors, but if you want to bring a little bit of yellow into it, you could drag that up a little bit. Again, these are much more subtle, blue. You could turn it a little more green, play with their face a little more. Again, I'm going to go a little bit drastic with the orange. If you were to look here and I hide this layer, you're going to see for the most part, it doesn't change any of the actual levels, it doesn't make it darker. That's because I have color selected. When you turn off color, it starts to add a lot more mood to it. As you can see, you are really playing a lot with the contrasts before and after. You may like that just like that, but if you want a little more control, we'll slap this batch of color, and we can actually just go ahead and add a second curve so I'll just delete that. If you want to add a second curve, we'll just go down here and then go to curves. This time I'm going to change it to Luminosity. I'm only going to play with this main RGB bar. We can get and we can click in here, that's using our little scrubber, and we can make that darker depending on how much darker and we could grab the lights and we can make them brighter if we wanted, or we can leave them dark as well. But as you can see, that's the basics of using curves. It gives you a lot more adjustments and you can actually play with different areas differently. You can group them as same thing as before, where you could duplicate layers like that by hitting command J, you can duplicate this layer. You can get a lot of different effects just by playing around. There's no real reason why if you want to go absolutely crazy, you couldn't add different effects together and different methods together. If we go back a little bit, this is basically our colors, our curves, so we call this group curves. Let's put these on, we'll group these guys together. I'm just hitting Command G, or Control G. We're going to selective color. This last one, as you can see, it's called a gradient map. If we hide these we'll go back over our different methods, that's the gradient map. That's what it looks like with selective color, and that's what it looks like with curves. You can see each one has a little bit of a different look, but you can get them fairly similar. That's why the methods are very similar, but curves gives you just a little bit more control. That's the basics of how to use color grading. I just want to quickly show some other examples just so you can see how they affect different photos. This of course had the gradient map on it, but if we delete that, we're going to go a little bit quicker this time so go up to curves. I'm not even going to bother with the color, changing it to color. We're going to go ahead and use this guy. Again, you can click in here, make a point and drag down. But it's just a little easier I find to actually click the point that you want and drag it as well. I've got this other point now that is all I get rid of that then we go, we've defaulted to RGB. Make sure your red channel is selected, click in there, drag down, that's going to get that real teal in there. We're going to grab this and I'm going to drag it right up. Hopefully pump up some of that orange. You can make it even more dramatic by clicking into these gray tones and adding a lot of orange there and that's getting a lot of different effect just that easily. Then if we go to our main RGB, you can mess with the contrast a little bit too. Going back to our lamp shade, you can see there's a lot of dramatic color. If we get rid of these gradient maps that I showed you, here is one that I've preset with curves using the same system. You can see that this photo before it was already a moody photo with the way the light's hitting her, the shadows, what she's wearing, the fact that she's down on her knees. There's a lot of emotion and feel to this at the door open, there's a lot of questions going on in this photo, but once you add in the different colors, and then the darks in that teal, and that orange, it just adds so much more mood. It makes the image more scary and just a lot more affected. It should play with your emotions a little more. Same idea with an alley here. This girl, as you can see, that's what it looks like before, and as we add some more tones, you get that movie quality feel. Same idea with a train. This one's actually from the free archive as well, so you can download this image. I went a little bit crazy with this one. I had a lot of pinks and stuff like that, and I even put this selective color in there. But it shows you that's how plain it looks before. You can get a lot of different colors, and play with different schemes. Again, don't forget that you don't have to go with just this plain red and teal, or orange and teal. You can go ahead and try some crazier stuff and try some different color gradients. If we delete this and we go, let's go back to our main image. Let's delete all this good stuff. Let's add a new gradient map. This one is just a little quicker and easier. If you wanted to try purple and orange, let's double-click on this. Again, you want to get complementary colors. If we look a good complementary to purple, or this purple is yellow, or green, or light green, we're going to double-click here, and you get yellow with a little bit of green in it. You can see that that's a really cool complementary color. Again, we can add this to soft light, you can decide whether to duplicate it or not. If you want to, you could add a curve on top of it. But instead of playing with every little effect, we can just add that. Again, you're getting a lot of different mood, and just a ton of different effects, and this also works really well in wedding photography, it doesn't have to be something that's dramatic. You can look at lots of different cool photos, and just adding some oranges, and things like that can make it a little warmer, a little more inviting. I've just showed you the dramatic ones just so that you get an idea. But that's the basic of the whole class. It's a good introduction, I think. Of course, if you want to learn more, if you go to YouTube and type in color grading, you're going to find tons of great tutorials, I'm sure. Other than that, feel free to ask me any questions and I'll be happy to answer them for you. We'll just go to the next video a little quick. 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