Color grading is one of the most expressive parts of the photo editing process. With the power to make an image feel dark and mysterious, light and airy, cool and tranquil, or warm and kinetic, color can take your images to surprising places.
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Professional color grading requires care and precision. Learn how to create beautiful looks by controlling highlights, shadows, hue, saturation, lightness, vibrance, detail, and more.
What is Color Grading?
You’ve probably heard the terms ‘color correction’ and ‘color grading’ before, but what do they mean? And what’s the difference? Color correction is about helping your images look balanced and natural. It’s important to have a steady, neutral foundation before adding more stylistic adjustments. Color grading, on the other hand, is all about stylistic adjustments. In this course we show you how to use coloring and color tools to give your images a stunning, evocative look.
Color Grading in Lightroom Classic
Lightroom has a robust suite of tools to help you color and tone your images with precision and care. From basic adjustments like white balance and exposure to more advanced options like the Tone Curve and HSL sliders, we break down each and every tool you can use to take your images to the next level.
Professional Color Grading
Professional color grading is all about precision, control, and taking ownership of every color in an image. We show you how to analyze colors, target specific areas of an image to apply color, and use basic color theory to create beautiful looks.
Change Colors in Lightroom
Getting the exact look and feel we want sometimes requires us to completely change the colors of objects in our photos. Learn how to accurately select and change any color in Lightroom
Range Masking is one of the most powerful and advanced editing tools Lightroom has to offer. Learn how to use Range Masking to target specific areas of an image to make extremely accurate, localized edits for a polished and professional result.
The Tone Curve
Similar to Curves in Photoshop, the Tone Curve in Lightroom is a workhorse for making advanced adjustments to exposure and color. By the end of this course you’ll be a master of this important tool and you’ll feel confident using it to make a wide variety of edits to your photos.
Professional Color Grading Tools
The Color Grading Panel
Relatively new to Lightroom Classic, we cover the appropriately-named Color Grading Tool. This tool has everything you need to apply beautiful coloring to an image faster than ever before.
Highlights, Midtones & Shadows
Light and shadow are the defining features of any photograph. We show you multiple tools and techniques that allow you to edit those areas of light and dark independently–carefully sculpting your edits for a more professional finish.
Want to share your looks with others? Try looks from your some of your favorite artists? Apply consistent coloring across an album of images? Speed up your workflow? Lightroom Presets can do it all and more. Learn how to create, save, and load Presets into Lightroom Classic. Best of all, we include 3 exclusive Presets in the course! And if you’re looking for more, check out our growing library of Lightroom Presets and Color Grading LUTs.
PHLEARN Founder – Class Instructor
Aaron Nace is a photographer, Photoshop artist and founder of PHLEARN. He is the #1 Photoshop instructor in the world with millions of YouTube subscribers.
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