How to Match Colors Fast for Composites in Photoshop

How to Match Colors Fast for Composites in Photoshop

How to Match Colors Fast for Composites in Photoshop

It’s no secret that we, like most photographers, try to avoid composites as much as we can. But, we always looking for hints and tips just in case the need to create a composite is unavoidable. This tip from Dustin Valkema is really quick, easy and helpful. A vital part of creating a composite is balance and learning how to match colors fast for composites in photoshop is a skill you need to possess. If the colours are off it will stand out a mile and be painfully obvious to look at. Check out this short video by Dustin and read our advice below to understand better, how this could work for landscape photography.

How to Match Colors Fast for Composites in Photoshop


 

How Can We Use This Technique in Landscape Photography?

Always keep in mind the underpinning principle of why we would use this, to match colours when making composites. I made a tutorial very recently no How To Make A Boring Sky Exciting In Photoshop. In the tutorial, I used the image below which has a relatively dull and un-eventful sky.

Another way that we could make this sky exciting is by using Photoshops Sky Replacement feature in PS CC2021. By using the Sky Replacement tool I believe we cross the fine line between making Photoshop Enhancements and making Photoshop Composites. My interpretation of creating a composite it is include something substantial in an image what was not there in the original frame. For example, adding a curves layer, this is enhancing what is already there so I this is not a composite. Whereas adding people at the end of the jetty would be a composite. 


Example of How to Match Colors Fast for Composites in Photoshop

 
So I took the original image and replaced the sky with a much more colourful one from the selection in the Sky Replacement feature. The replaced sky was very different from the original and didn’t fit the scene at all. That was intentional. I used the above technique to quickly balance colour tones in Photoshop and the results were excellent. This edit took no longer than 2-minutes. 

How to Match Colors Fast for Composites in Photoshop


 

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