Colour Grading With Curves | Tuesdays With Lauri

Original Series January 8th 2013 11:06 AM 23 Comments

The topic for this weeks episode comes from the multiple reader requests that I received last week, after posting the “How I Shot It” -video about my latest photograph “Memento”. You guys expressed your interest in learning more about the post-processing and colour grading that I did to the image, so I decided that today we’d take an in-depth look at colour grading with the curves adjustment panel:

So here’s a quick written recap of the steps that I went through when working on the colours for “Memento”:

1) Increased the contrast a tiny bit

2) Added some blue tones into the shadows and yellow into the mid-tones/highlights

3) Added some green into the shadows and mid-tones

4) Added a slight tint of cyan (the opposite colour of red) into the shadows and added some red into the mid-tones

5) Opened up the Hue/Saturation -panel and desaturated the yellow tones

Final Image

As always, if you have any questions concerning the video and this article or suggestions for future episodes, just shoot me an email ([email protected]) or leave a comment below, and I’ll do my best to answer all of your questions. :)

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Lauri Laukkanen, is an editorial and commercial photographer, specializing in creative portraiture, fashion and sports photography. People usually describe his style as cinematic, creative and sometimes a tiny bit crazy. He was recently awarded with the WDP 2012: Photographer of the Year -award, and his work has been featured all around the internet, including 1x.com, Vogue etc. View his portfolio here: www.laurilaukkanen.com

23 Comments

  1. Achandira Kushalappa

    Thanks for this tip Lauri… much appreciated

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  2. Thomas van Trier

    Very useful tutorial Lauri! Thanks!

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    • laurilaukkanen

      I’m glad to hear that Thomas. Thank you! :)

      - Lauri

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  3. Pedro

    Nice tip! Thank you a lot!

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  4. Angelo Beltran

    Awesome love it!

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  5. Beechtreephoto

    Thank you for the best explanation of how Curves works that this newbie has seen yet.  Much appreciated.

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    • laurilaukkanen

      You are most welcome! I’m glad you liked it! :)

      - Lauri

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  6. Petr Novotný

    Hi, thank you for these tutorials and your good work.
    I recently discovered technique which uses gradient map – both for increasing contrast and some interesting split toning.
    I would like to hear your opinion when you use gradient map and when curves, or do you prefer just one of these or do you usualy combine them?
    Thank you.

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    • laurilaukkanen

      Hi Petr!

      There are probably a hundred different ways to add contrast and colour into an image, and I think the most important part is figuring out which way works best for you, and then just using it. I personally work mostly with curves and the hue/saturation panel, as I find that those are the ones that give me the best results. I really haven’t done a lot with gradient maps, but I’m sure there are times you could use them as well. :)

      - Lauri

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  7. vince

    i thought it was a very helpful presentation and i am grateful.
    vince

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    • laurilaukkanen

      I’m glad to hear that Vince! Thanks! :D

      - Lauri

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  8. Colefour

    Excellent tutorial on Curves.  Thank you so much, Lauri for taking the time to do this video and share your knowledge with us.  You are a fantastic teacher!  I wish Curves worked that way in Elements, because I do not own full Photoshop…yet!

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  9. Kirra

    Love Tuesdays with Lauri! Can’t wait till next week.

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  10. Lisa Call

    This is by far the best explanation of curves I have seen!  Thanks

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    • laurilaukkanen

      You’re most welcome Lisa! I’m glad to have helped you out! :)

      - Lauri

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  11. Davidrobillard

    Excellent tutorial Lauri well done and easy to understand.

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  12. Fahion Buzz

    First come the talent of the photographer, the Photoshop make the photo more complete. I will recommend this blog to others. very good for fashion / model photographers.

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  13. polarchaic

    hey man, hope you could share some tips on acheiving the effect on this site http://jameschororos.com/ in Photoshop, the noise is like creating a monotone layer yet contrast and sharpness still good, the composition has a big part of it of course, shadows are up, and the pinkish midtones of portraits, tried playing with curves but somehow there is something missing

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  14. shaji

    Thank you so much for the tuts.

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