Flash Tutorial Friday!  Instant Color Grading

Color Grading an image does not have to be a convoluted process.  As a matter of fact you can do it faster than it takes to cook Uncle Ben’s Rice in the Microwave, you just need to know the basic steps to do it.

Color Grading can be done in many ways, but one of the fastest and easiest ways is to use the Gradient Map.  This allows you to define the colors that will be applied to your Blacks, Midtones, and Whites.

Gradient Map

The Basic rundown:

  1. Create Gradient Map Layer
  2. Set Blending Option to Color, Soft Light, Overlay (dependent upon the effect you want to achieve)
  3. Set Opacity to 0
  4. Slowly increase Opacity to taste
  5. Click on the Gradient to change colors at your leisure until the best option for your image is selected.

This is a very quick tutorial on Color Grading.  If you need a more thorough course on Color Grading I have a full 45 Minute Course available for you in the Prerequisite information below.

Prerequisite Tutorial:

  1. The Tonal Grading System:  45 minutes of Color Grading, to include my custom gradients.


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Blake Rudis
f.64 Academy and f.64 Elite are the brainchildren of Blake Rudis. While he is a landscape photographer, he is most passionate about post-processing images in Photoshop and mentoring others.

For Blake, it's all about the art and process synergy. He dives deep into complex topics and makes them easy to understand through his outside-the-box thinking so that you can use these tricks in your workflow today!
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