How I Work with Color

Photo credit: Joshua Earle
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Setting Up a Color Palette

Meet your new best friend. Courtesy of Adobe Illustrator.
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Working with Photoshop’s Adjustment Layers

  • Curves: An adjustable graph that controls an image’s tonal range
  • Levels: An adjustable graph that corrects the tonal range and color balance of an image by adjusting intensity levels of image shadows, midtones, and highlights.
  • Selective Color: A channel mixer to directly affect a specified color.

Adjustment Layers: Curves

Twerk that line. Twerk it.
Make some happy little mistakes.
ABOVE LEFT: The original image with our default color palette. ABOVE RIGHT: The same image with color grading made with the Curves adjustment layer.

Adjustment Layers: Levels

ABOVE LEFT: The original image with our default color palette. ABOVE RIGHT: The same image with color grading made with the Levels adjustment layer.

Adjustment Layers: Selective Color

Oh, hey there, red.
In this example, we’re manipulating that blue value.

And That’s About It (For Now)

Colors. As far as the eye can see.

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Designer. Illustrator. Human. Friend of science. Consumer of the void. Also, Sr. Director of Product Design Practices at Pluralsight.

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