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Color Grading with the Color Balance Tool in Photoshop

One of the most powerful means of impacting your audience is through the effective use of color. Setting the mood, creating an atmosphere, or even just using an aesthetically pleasing color palette is vital to attracting the clients you want. As retouchers, we can look to the film industry to see constant examples of the power of color grading, and the importance it can have in our work.

In this detailed tutorial by Michael Woloszynowicz of Vibrant Shot, the author of our course on Color Grading, explains everything that a retoucher would want to know about mastering the Color Balance Tool within Photoshop. From understanding the tool’s impacts on various tonal ranges, to the specific settings that should be used in order to render the best results. This tutorial uses several examples, from a warm portrait to one that is more high key with very different lighting situations. Michael also shares a free action that can help to further speed up your workflow when color grading or color correcting your photographs.

RELATED: Color Correcting Skin Tones With Adjustment Layers In Photoshop


If you would like to learn more about mastering the art of color grading with Michael Woloszynowicz, we highly recommend checking out his Color Grade Video Course.

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