A Clever Technique for Copying the Color Grading From One Photo to Another

The color grading is one of the most memorable parts of any photographer's images, and it's a stylistic choice that we often admire in those photographers we look up to. This awesome tutorial will show you a clever technique for copying the color grading from one image to another. 

Coming to you from Unmesh Dinda of PiXimperfect, this very neat tutorial will show you a method for copying the color grading of one image and using it on a photo of your own. Color grading is a very subtle and nuanced art, but it's also the sort of final touch that can really turn a good photo into a great one and help you to develop a signature style. It's definitely worth taking the time to experiment a bit and find a style that you think suits you. And remember, you don't even have to use this technique on just photos. If you have a favorite movie whose color grading you really admire, grab a still frame from it and apply the same technique. Finally, it can be really easy to go overboard on color grading, so be sure to take a second look at your image when you've finished to process. Check out the video above for the full rundown. 

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EL PIC's picture

Good Improvement.
You can record or improve .. I tilt more to improve the image.
But you can also do this just fine w PS ..
I found it valuable on the January Blood Moon Eclipse

Why not use Nino Batista’s Photoshop Plug In - NBP ColourmapX which does it automatically and intelligently?

https://youtube.com/watch?v=1NPCAKHPGR4

EL PIC's picture

Because I use NIK Plugin .. it allows more control and is more flexible. The Eclipse is very low light at its max and the fix gives it Great Punch.

Jay Jay's picture

Agreed. I have this plugin and it's amazing how easily it can reproduce tone onto another photo. I'm very surprised the author of the article didn't mention it.

bert duarte's picture

learn photoshop? i ain't got time for that! .. looking for shortcut button

This narrator is continuing to be more and more streamlined in his presentations. He talks at a good clip, and we can always pause or review if we need to. Just a year or so ago these were so slow and arduous. Now, even though I don't have much use for this particular technique, I enjoyed watching the process very much. Thanks for the post.

GI PAMPERIEN's picture

r u frick'n kidd'n me? my brain is hurt'n.... ok, guess i can file this away for when i... might.... need it....