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How to Use Gels

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Photoshop Compositing Essential Tools and Techniques

Learning how to combine or composite multiple photos together will open a new world of possibilities for any photographer. Whether you are new to compositing or an experienced editor, this tutorial will change the way you create composite images.
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Change Up Your Lights

Its very easy to mess up an image by using a gel too directly and by using too many Colors. This episode covers how to use them in a subtle way to change the overall mood of your photos and which lighting works best.

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  • 0:00- Ferdinand Magellan
  • 0:30- Explanation of gels and how to use them
  • 2:00- Gel grades
  • 3:15- Light setup
  • 4:10- Using full power with orange gel
  • 4:30- Using Complimentary Colors
  • 5:20- Softbox lighting
  • 6:20- Let us know if you have any examples!

How to Choose Colors

Complimentary Colors always work well together. Try using a warm and cool combination when choosing which gels you want to use, and combining them in a way that makes sense. Colors are much easier to get right by using a Color Wheel and planning out your final image before you start.  You can also try placing the warmer tones in the foreground and cooler in the back, or vice versa.

Skills You Will Learn

  • Lighting
  • Coloring

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