I’ve been doing one adjustment a lot recently and I think it would be super useful to share it with you all – Colour Curves – It’s a simple adjustment using curves in Photoshop but it has the power to completely change the look and feel of an image. I often use it to add atmosphere or change the mood to something more mystical or wistful.
I’ve recorded a step by step mid-way through an edit of Pippi. You can watch that over on the channel (broken record: please subscribe), or you can read the steps with screenshots on this page if you prefer.
I hope it is useful for you!
Step by step how-to:
Step 1: Open Photoshop & Create a curves adjustment layer:
Step 2: Get to know the hand toggle tool
Now that you know how to use the curves hand tool, it’s time to work on toning.
Step 3: Meet colour curves
Step 4: Focus on the Blue colour channel
Step 5: Fine tune your colour curves
And that’s it! You can, of course, use this adjustment with any of the colour channels, I just gravitate to blue!
Please give it a try and let me know how you get on 🤓
The following images all had this colour treatment, with a stronger application on each one as you move through. So the first image was very light, the middle was a medium application and the last image was a heavy application. Of course, the darker the overall image, the more blue you will introduce as more of the image is in the shadow section.
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