Color grading is the most expressive part of editing photos in Photoshop. And, when you have the right photo for it, a dark look can make an image more lasting and powerful. We show you helpful tools and techniques that you can use to transform an image into one that people will remember.
Professional Coloring Techniques
Learn how to sculpt light and color in Photoshop. We show you how to precisely control areas of highlight and shadow, and add beautiful color toning into the shadows, midtones, and highlights of an image.
Darken a Photo in Photoshop
We all know what it’s like to brighten up a photo, but making one darker can be even more of a challenge! We show you how to carefully lower the exposure of an image by blending multiple adjustments together. Create the mood you want without losing the important details.
Communicate with Light & Color
Color says a lot. For a dark and moody look, we show you how to put icy cool tones into the shadows of a photo, while protecting the natural tones in a subject’s skin.
Add & Change Colors
When the colors in a photo aren’t working with the mood you want to set, change them! We show you how to change the color of anything in Photoshop in just a few simple steps.
Not only do vignettes help to draw more attention to a subject, they can also create a sense of isolation and mystery by covering the world around them in shadow. Learn how to add dark and subtle vignettes that set the mood, and guide the eyes of the viewer.
ADD COOL TONES
The Power of Blend If
The key to great coloring is working with the highlights, midtones, and shadows all independently of one another. Add cool tones in the shadows of an image, warm tones into the highlights, and dial-in the perfect look.
Create Mystery & Drama
Fill a forest image full of shadows and mystery. Transform a bright portrait into one that’s quieter and more dramatic. If you have a message you want to send or an emotion you want to convey, we’ll show you how to get it there with Photoshop.
Contrast is a powerful tool that can draw attention to areas of an image, as well as create powerful graphic scenes. Learn how to darken an image while adding powerful flourishes of light and color.
Create Mystery & Drama
DARK & MOODY LANDSCAPES
Dark & Moody Images
Learn how to take almost any photograph and transform it into a scene that’s dark and cinematic.
CHANGE ANY COLOR
Whether you want to add color, change colors, or completely remove color, the Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer can do it all. Learn how to use this essential tool to target and transform any color in photograph.
We all love presets. They’re great when you want to get a job done fast. But nothing compares to creating your own unique looks. Master the tools and techniques that will allow you to develop your own color styles from scratch.
Learn about the powerful blending options in Adobe Photoshop and how they can help you seamlessly add color to the highlights, midtones, and shadows of any photograph.
PROTECT SKIN TONES
Choosing the Right Photos
When choosing how to color an image, it’s important to consider the content of the scene. Aaron explains what he looks for when choosing images for a dark and moody look.
Protect the Details
It can be easy to lose details in a photo when you’re adding contrast or crushing the shadows. We show you how to fine tune these adjustments with care and precision, creating the perfect effect without sacrificing texture and detail.
Color Balance & Color Fill
We break down some specialized tools in Photoshop that can help you nail the perfect color and tone in your photos.
ADD DRAMATIC EFFECTS
Adobe Camera RAW
Working with RAW is the absolute best way to get perfect color and exposure. And when it comes to color grading, RAW lets you take your images anywhere you can imagine.
Portraits & Landscapes
Our techniques work no matter what kind of photos you take. Transform a forest or mountain landscape into places of mystery and fantasy. Turn any portrait into one that’s quiet and introspective.
Create Lighting Effects
Enhance a dark and moody image with subtle splashes of light and color. We show you how to use and enhance the natural light sources in an image to create contrast and to guide the eyes of the viewer.
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.