Photoshop Demonstration – Colour Techniques (Part 2)

Following on from our previous colour techniques Photoshop demonstration, Karl continues to discuss the concept of colour, why it’s so important in an image, why we may want to change it and how it can be adjusted in Photoshop.

Working through several different examples, Karl offers his advice for achieving colour-accurate imagery and demonstrates his preferred methods of adjusting colour in Photoshop. You’ll learn how to use adjustments such as cross curves, Selective Colour, Camera Raw Filter, Hue/Saturation and Gradient Map. Karl explains what he prefers about these methods and also why he doesn’t use some of the other common tools.

This highly informative session builds on our previous shows ‘Fundamentals of Post-Production’; ‘Live Photoshop Demonstration’; and ‘Colour Techniques Part 1’. Other tutorials that you may find useful include our class on how to use the Pen tool, making selections in Photoshop and using masks.

Topics covered in this show include:

  • How to adjust colour in Photoshop
  • Dealing with and correcting mixed lighting
  • Tips for retouching skin in Photoshop
  • Advantages of using cross curves for retouching
  • Selective Colour adjustments
  • Camera Raw Filter
  • Hue/Saturation adjustments
  • Gradient Map
  • The advantages of colour accurate monitors

If you have any questions about this class please post in the comment section below.


  1. Hi Karl,
    I’ve noticed you have mentioned Capture One a number of times and was wondering if you’ve used it.
    I know Hasselblad raw files aren’t supported. Still, I have used it and would be interested in your experience with it.

    Thanks for a great course as always I learn something new.

  2. Hi, would using different brands of softboxes (bron and chimera) cause lots of problems for colour and require lots of editing? Would I need to use a color checker and create a profile for each portion of the photo as generally only do for white balance. I wonder if that would even help if using certain brand in one area of the photo and others for different parts of the photo and then have to take multiple profiles and somehow layer them all together to mask out

    1. Hi Cameron,
      1. No many photographers do this. Even bron and other brands own modifiers are not the exact same colour temperature.
      2. It won’t cause lots of editing
      3. You need to use a colour checker card placed in front of what is the most important part of the image and the light hitting there and use it to neautralize.

      1. That’s what I thought and generally wouldn’t do but some of the modifiers I want to use aren’t in stock and the rental places here only have chimera 🙁 In the meantime it sounds best that I rent everything rather than mix and match then. Thanks for your response

        1. Hi Cameron, mix and matching modifier brands is very unlikely to cause you a problem. It’s mixed lighting like tungsten and daylight that causes a problem.

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