ON1 Short Clip – Color Grade Your Photos Like A Pro

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Adding a color grade can not only make managing color easier, it also allows you to create mood and pull the whole photo together.

The techniques for mastering color grading are fairly simple. All you need is a basic understanding of a little color theory and the right approach. This video will give you both.

14 comments on “ON1 Short Clip – Color Grade Your Photos Like A Pro”

  1. On September 7, 2017 at 12:53 pm Bruce Wagner wrote:

    Thanks for explaining in great detail how to enhance the shadows using the different color curves. Makes a whole lot more sense to me now.

  2. On September 7, 2017 at 7:23 pm marc labro wrote:

    thanks for this nice tuto
    q1. are there grading presets for on1 ?
    q2. because you blocked the middle of the curve and play on shadow part of the curves, did you notice inverted luminosity masks helped ?
    q3. i am interested to see the full process of this photo because i saw lot of masks in effects and skin was so pale in the original !

    best regards

    1. On September 8, 2017 at 12:12 am Jim Welninski replied:

      Hi Marc,
      1. I don’t know that I’ve seen any grading presets. You might email the guys at ON1 and ask them. Maybe we’ll make some!
      2. Using both a mid point on the curve and an inverted luminosity mask is just my way of being thorough. I don’t like to guess if I can avoid it.
      3. Perhaps I can do a future video on the entire workshop.
      Hope this helps!

      1. On October 4, 2017 at 6:40 am Barbara Hayton replied:

        I think your doing a full video on this topic would be epic. Yes, Blake is a genius, but he seems to use Photoshop more. You use the tools in ON1 and are easy to follow. I hope this workshop happens. Thanks,

  3. On September 8, 2017 at 1:16 am Gordon Brice wrote:

    Jim, Nice video short sweet and to the point. Clearly a lot more could be expanded on the subject. This technique as you touched upon is used in movies to great effect creating mood. As for me I have never tried the technique may just have to give it a go. Agree Blake Rudis is the man to watch when it comes to colour theory have watched and learned some very important colour concepts from his courses and would highly recommend his courses.

    1. On October 4, 2017 at 7:42 pm Jim Welninski replied:

      It’s very powerful technique and it’s widely used. So many people find the Curves tool daunting any therefore never really explore it. I’m just hoping to simplify it some so people won’t be afraid of it.

  4. On September 8, 2017 at 7:49 am Adam Rubinstein wrote:

    Jim, help me understand your preference for using an inverted luminosity mask rather than protections or apply to options?

    1. On September 18, 2017 at 11:27 pm Jim Welninski replied:

      Hi Adam,
      When you create a luminosity mask the result, by default, is a lights mask. In other words, the mask allows the brighter tones to be affected by whatever adjustment you are making. The shadows are protected. Inverting the mask allow the shadows to be affected and the highlights are protected, which is what I wanted. Does this help?

  5. On October 4, 2017 at 6:38 am Barbara Hayton wrote:

    Wow, I’m so excited to begin using this information! You make it seem simple as long as I remember and use the basic color relationships. I’ve not done much work with masks, yet, but see it’s an important part of styling my images. Thank you, Jim, great video!

    1. On October 4, 2017 at 7:43 pm Jim Welninski replied:

      Those color relationships along with a basic understanding of how the Curves tool work is all you need for this!

  6. On October 28, 2017 at 11:06 am Paul Bataille wrote:

    Hello Jim,

    Just downloaded the new 11 color grading presets you made and had a look at them. Good stuff. A bit of a downside is that you can’t see what the effect is going to be like in the Preset Preview Pane . In order to achieve a better preview possibility, I’ve used the ‘Apply to’ option, and then either ‘shadows’ or ‘highlights’ (according to your intention), and updated the presets settings with that. Of course making and adapting the luminosity mask yourself gives greater control, but it seems like a good way to get a preview that gives you an idea of what the endresult will be like.


    Paul Bataille

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