How to Match Color and Light in Photoshop! (3-STEP PROCESS)

Learn how to match color in this Photoshop tutorial with a simple 3-step process!

We’ll use a series of adjustment layers and masks to quickly and methodically match color and light for composite images in Photoshop. Perfect for any photo manipulation or composite you are working on!

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Tutorial Recording Notes:

Disclaimer: these are the actual notes I used to record this video and are written in a language you may or may not understand. Hopefully, you find them useful or cool.

  1. Match the brightness with a Black and White layer
  2. Clip a Levels adjustment layer to the composite object and adjust brightness and contrast
  3. Also, use the Eyedropper + Info panel to check on the brightness of the bright spots in the background as well as the model.
  4. Match the Saturation with a Saturation Mask
  5. Use a Selective Color layer and reduce the Blacks of all the color channels to -100 and the Blacks of all the tones to +100
  6. Clip a Hue/Saturation layer to the stack and use the scrubby too to reduce saturation
  7. Match the color tone with the Gray/Luminance layer + Color Balance
  8. Create a 50% gray solid color fill layer and set to Luminance
  9. Clip a Curves layer to the stack and tweak the color channels with the scrubby finger
  10. Create a shadow or two beneath the toe
  11. Add a LUT: Crisp_Warm and set to Multiply blend mode and reduce opacity
  12. Tweak and adjust the brightness of the Levels layer if needed and finish out the image.