Commercial Color Grading

Commercial Color Grading

3 Seasons

Have you ever looked at a polished image and wondered how the retoucher achieved that color grade? In this tutorial Sef McCullough reverse engineers images and shows how to recreate a specific grade. There are several approaches to color grading, but unfortunately, too many of the techniques used by photographers and retouchers are destructive and deteriorate the quality of image. Throughout this tutorial Sef goes over non-destructive methods to color grade for commercial imagery, provides insight on color theory, and helps expand your creativity when working on an image. Sef approaches his work by first analyzing the colors that are actually in the image, and not just the ones we perceive with our eyes. This advanced workflow will allow you to create stunning color in your images without degrading the quality.

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Commercial Color Grading
  • Introduction

    Episode 1

    An introduction and overview of the series with Sef McCullough outlining the goals for the series. Learn to audit color, identify schemes, create palettes, leverage the power and flexibility of Adobe Camera RAW, reverse engineer a grade, bring disparate grades into families to create compelling a...

  • Opening a Color Workspace

    Episode 2

    Watch how to setup a Color workspace to take advantage of Adobe Color CC and Adobe Color Themes integration

  • How to Unpack Color

    Episode 3

    Learn to analyze and unpack the range of color that is present within an image and the impact that combinations of color can have on perception. Through manual sampling and auditing learn to detect a color palette using native photoshop tools to see the technical vs. perceptual color that is pres...

  • Using Hue Maps

    Episode 4

    Use native photoshop tools to isolate color from luminosity to gain a better understanding of what colors are inherent within an image. Develop a consistent method to audit colors in an image

  • Adobe Color CC Online

    Episode 5

    Build on previous principles of unpacking color in an image with a more automated workflow using Adobe CC Online.

  • Adobe Color Themes

    Episode 6

    Utilize Adobe Color Themes within Photoshop, connecting all of the previous unpacking methodologies and tools to view and source color palettes in a color grading workflow. Reference existing color schemes with the Adobe Color Themes toolset and manipulate them on the color wheel.