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Change Your Image Instantly With Color Balance

Category: Color, Photoshop, Video
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Feb 11

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Welcome to the Ching Store

One of the reasons we love this image by Daniel Pardini is because we have no idea what the story is behind it. There’s a man looking into the camera while standing underneath a strange store with two black dogs, and we have no idea who he is. It makes for an extremely interesting photograph without the use of models. Shooting with models, makeup artists, hair stylists, and wardrobe is great, but those things aren’t necessary to create an amazing photo.

Color Balance

Using color balance is a quick yet effective way to selectively alter the colors in your shadows, midtones, and highlights. In less than ten minutes, you can create multiple versions of the same image, all with a unique feel.

  • Isaiah

    Can I buy ching?

  • http://twitter.com/dracorubio Dracorubio

    Did you see my tutorial on the color lookup adjustment layer? It can drastically change the mood of an image , combined with this one it’s a powerfull tool

    http://www.diyphotography.net/quick-tip-using-the-color-lookup-adjustment-layer-in-cs6

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Filip-Karlsson/622342253 Filip Karlsson

    “chi ching” the sound of the cash register. ^^

  • http://www.RuthRidgewayPhotography.com/ Ruth

    Oh this post makes such a good point! Glad I’ve just stumbled across your site!

  • benabenabena

    Nice tutorial ! And I love Ching!
    Dont think you should where that shirt, it gets moire when the screen is small up in the top corner. It hurts my eye.

  • http://www.facebook.com/birk.kromann Birk Trucker Kromann

    If you change the “Blending Mode” to “Color” it won’t affect any of the luminance in the photo, which can be very helpful if you want to adjust the shadows without the photo getting lighter or darker.

  • LAFX

    Ching Store is a general store on one of the islands of Hawaii

  • http://twitter.com/crawshaws s c

Episode Transcript

Today I’m going to show you guys a quick and easy way to create multiple variations of the same photo. Hey guys, welcome to PHLEARN. My name is Aaron Nace. You can find me on Twitter at aknacer. Today, we’re going through showing you guys how to create multiple variations of the same photo. Now, this is an awesome image. It was submitted by Daniel, and he is the grand prize winner of last week’s contest. Now, it’s really tough to take an awesome image that wins a contest and be like, I’m going to make it better on PHLEARN.

What we’re doing instead is showing you guys several different variations of an image because the image is already killer, and I’m sure a lot of your images that you take – you look at it and you’re like, this is already a good image. I don’t know how to “make it better” in photo shop, so what you can do, is you can create multiple different variations, so maybe not making something better, just making something a little bit different, and then you might like one of those different variations better for different reasons. That’s what we’re going to be focusing on today.

Let’s go ahead and get into the image. I want to talk about a couple reasons why I love this image and why I think you guys can hopefully grow from this. I know that – I think that I will in analyzing this image. I think the biggest reason why I love this image is because it doesn’t have a “model”. There’s no hair and makeup and styling and wardrobe and things like that. It doesn’t look overly produced. I’m sure a lot of you guys are like, oh, I got to get me a model and all this stuff like that to create great photos. I think this is the perfect example of – there’s an older gentleman in this image with a couple of dogs standing underneath this door, and it’s very, very simple.

I know you all you guys have access to that sort of thing. You can create amazing images without getting a giant team together and hair and makeup and all that. I think that this is something that I think we want to do a little bit more here on the PHLEARN to kind of show you guys that you can create amazing images that don’t require that big production, and it’s just a good example for you guys that that’s what you can do.
One of the coolest things that I love about this image is up here, it says “Ching Store” It’s just really interesting. I have no idea what a Ching Store is, but I kind of want to know now, and I want – and can I buy Ching there? What is Ching? Is it good for your skin? I have no idea, but this guy seems to think that this Ching Store is pretty boss. I really like this Ching Store image, and oftentimes, including something of intrigue like it says, “Ching Store”. I have no idea what that is, but it kind of draws me in a little bit more. Now I want to know. It’s not kind of telling the whole story. It’s just part of the story. Maybe you guys know what the Ching Store is. Let me know.

All right, let’s get into the image. Actually editing this image – what we’re going to be doing is I’m going to create an adjustment layer, and we’re going to go down to our color balance. There we go. There are a lot of really nice things we could do with our color, with our color balance. Here are your tones. You can choose the shadows mid-tones and your highlights. Now, I usually stick to mid-tones and highlights. Shadows tend to give not the best results. Let’s make sure we have “Preserve Luminosity” checked. We’re going to create a couple variations of this image, and then we can kind of decide which we like a little bit more.

Now, keep in mind, we have our color that’s relatively dominant in our shadows, this blue color, and then we have a little bit more of a green color in our highlight here. The shadows are provided by our dark light, and then the light is provided by our florescent light. Working with our mid-tones, we kind of take this and pull it in a number of different directions. If I want to put a little bit more of a tint in here, you see, we’re getting kind of like a completely different type of image, maybe a little bit of cyan in there as well. You can add a little bit more yellow to kind of warm this up, and you can go a little bit more blue.

So pulling these sliders, it’s really super-simple, and you can find something that is going to give you a completely different look. That’s our mid-tones. Now, the cool part is we combine this with your highlights as well. We’ve done our mid-tones, and now, our highlights, let’s say we want a little bit more green, maybe a little bit more yellow. I don’t know if we like that. Maybe I want a little bit more yellow and red to kind of pull that orange, so we get the orange contrasting with the bluish-purple in the background – and just kind of adjusting these sliders. There we go – a very, very cool image. Let’s go over here to our layers and we turn this off and on, and we can see the image of the whole still – it kind of gives it across a very similar feel, but now, we have a completely different color pallet for the image.

It still doesn’t look overly processed. Maybe I’ll bring the opacity down just a little bit. It still doesn’t look it’s overly processed, but we have a completely different look to this image and that just might be what you want. Let’s do a couple more – super-simple, just go down to color balance and you can just literally grab these guys and go kind of crazy with it. If we wanted to pull this effect off even more and really get these grains in the shadows, that’s totally cool too. We can do that too. I’ll show you guys what happens when we go into the shadows. Oftentimes, if you drag it to the left, things get way too dark way too quick, and off to the right, they just kind of a little bit funky, so I stick to the mid-tones and to the highlights.

If we’ve got green here in the mid-tones, maybe the highlights, we’ll push a little bit more towards all red. Let’s put a little bit of yellow in there as well. There we go. We can see the highlights are basically caused by the highlight that’s going on with our Ching Store there. I’m going to say Ching Store all day because I just think it’s really funny. Hey man, can you go down to the Ching Store and – yeah, I’m running a little bit low on my Ching. I need to filler-up. We’ve got a completely different look here as well from our original. This one, we went with a little bit more the blues and – sorry, the blues and the purples, yellows and oranges here in our highlights, and this one, we’re going with some of the greens and the reds in our highlights, so completely different look.

We’ll do one more and this is a very quick and easy way. You guys can do this with basically any image you have. It works really well when you have two different colors. If our background was lit with different colored lights or basically the night sky or the dusk sky – and then, we have a florescent lamp up here. If you do have those two contrasting colors, you really do a lot of very nice colored adjustments here. Yeah, this is going to look great. I know it is already, so I’m super-excited about it. There we go, and now, we have something that’s just a little bit warmer and maybe adjust a little bit more.

Again, super-simple guys – you don’t have to put a whole lot of thought into this. Just grab a color balance layer, play around with it. You can create multiple variations of the same photo and then, it’s just totally up to you as far as which one you like better, and you might even submit – if one was submitted to a contest, in adjust, you can just change your colors a little bit, and then you have that going on for that sort of image. You can use the same image, maybe just process it a little differently, and then use that for different applications in different places – so super-quick, super-easy, but I think this is going to bring a lot of interest and a lot of different possibilities to your guys’ photos.

Again, I love that there’s not a model with a hairstylist and a makeup artist. I love our models and our hairstylists and makeup artists, but it’s a really nice chance to push those boundaries and to say, you know what, I can create some awesome photos that have nothing to do with that. There’s no special effects, there’s no nothing. There’s a guy, two dogs and a Ching Store. Go out there, find a Ching Store of your own and create some awesome photographs. Guys, thanks so much for watching PHLEARN. I hope you love this lesson, and I can’t wait to PHLEARN you later. Bye everyone.

It turns out that this is the hometown of rapper Chingy, and that’s where he got his name, the Ching Store.

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