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One of the hallmarks of Nino Batista's color work approach in Adobe Photoshop stems from his use of Gradient Maps and Blending Modes. After appropriate skin work and other clean up processes, Nino explores the color of his images by starting with a "gradient map wash" of color, setting the basis for the palette he is trying to create or enhance in each shot or set.
Nino often is inspired in his color approach from many varied sources, always seeing a potential palette to work with in just about anything. Creating these palettes via a gradient map (whether he is enhancing the existing palette in the image or expanding it in new directions) is one of his favorite techniques, but can often be a slow process. Other times, trying to apply a found palette to an image sounds appealing and inspiring, but can be stifled by the tedious process of creating gradient maps that reflect said palette.