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How to Use the Color Theme Adjustment

How to use the Color Theme Adjustment

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Tutorial created with Topaz Studio V1.0.9[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Hello everyone! For today’s tutorial, I’ll be going over the Color Theme Adjustment in Topaz Studio. The Color Theme Adjustment transforms the mood of images by selectively boosting color saturation and harmonizing color palettes. I’m excited to show what this adjustment can do because it’s such a  fun one! I’m amazed at how easy you can completely recolor an image and it still appears very natural.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

How to use the Color Theme Adjustment

How to use the Color Theme Adjustment

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_single_image image=”60408″ img_size=”large” onclick=”link_image”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Here’s a quick before and after of the header image in this tutorial just to show the capabilities of the Color Theme Adjustment. I chose an analogous color scheme for this image (I included the color swatches to the left if you’d like to mirror your own sunset image after this one)

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What You’ll Need

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_column_text]This beginner level walkthrough is really easy to follow along. You’ll only need a couple things to follow along with me:

1. Topaz Studio. You’ll need Topaz Studio on your computer if you’d like to follow along during this tutorial. It’s free to download. Color Theme is a Pro Adjustment, but you can start a 30 day free trial if you don’t own it.

2. An Image. Grab any image to follow along with or you can download the flower image here.

3. No more than 10 minutes. I kept it short and sweet. You’ll be done with this tutorial in under 10 minutes.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_separator][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_column_text]Don’t have Topaz Studio? Topaz Studio is free to download! You can get it now by using the links below. If you need more information about Topaz Studio, check out this overview: Introducing Topaz Studio[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_column_text]

Free Topaz Studio Download

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Watch the Tutorial

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Overview of the Color Theme Adjustment

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_column_text]The Color Theme Adjustment allows you to harmonize your image’s color palette to create an overall stronger composition based upon Color Theory. If you aren’t familiar with Color Theory, it is the rules and guidelines followed by artists for color mixing or visual composition of specific color combinations. These rules are based upon the color wheel, which is comprised of three major categories: primary colors, secondary colors and tertiary colors. If you feel like you need a little bit more of an explanation on how Color Theory works, Adobe has a great visual tool that really helped explain mixing colors to me. (I’m a hands on learner and found it super beneficial). You can checkout their free online color mixing tool here.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_single_image image=”60227″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center” onclick=”link_image”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_column_text]

Categories of Colors

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Primary Colors

Red

Blue

Yellow

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Secondary Colors

Green

Violet

Orange

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Tertiary Colors

Yellow-Green

Blue-Green

Blue-Violet

Red-Violet

Red-Orange

Yellow- Orange

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Types of Color Schemes

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Analogous Color Scheme

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Analogous color schemes contain at least three colors that are located next to one another on the color wheel. Compositions that feature an analogous color scheme will usually have great harmony that create serene and comfortable designs. Analogous color schemes are commonly found nature (such as sunsets or landscapes).

To create an analogous color palette, first choose one color to be dominate, a second to support, and then a third supporting color. You may also use black, white, and grey as an accent.When creating an analogous color scheme, ensuring there is enough contrast between your colors is important to avoid the appearance of a monochromatic color palette.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_single_image image=”60247″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

Complimentary Color Scheme

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel are considered to be complementary colors Examples of this are red and green, blue and orange, or violet and purple.

Complementary color palettes create high contrast and a very vibrant look when the color are used at full saturation. This color scheme can be difficult to achieve without becoming overpowering. This color scheme is great to use if you are wanting to create an area of emphasis within an image.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_single_image image=”60256″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

Triadic Color Scheme

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]A triadic color scheme contains three colors that are evenly spaced out around the color wheel. One example of this color scheme is red, blue, and yellow. This color scheme is known for being vibrant, even when using less saturated hues.

Creating an effective triadic color pallette can be difficult because careful balance is needed between the three hues. For the most effective displays of a triadic color scheme, use one dominant color and two accent colors.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_column_text]These are just three examples of color schemes and the three that I most often use. I suggest researching other effective color schemes if you would like to learn more about all the possibilities.

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An image opened in Topaz Studio, edited with the Color Theme adjustment to have a complimentary color scheme. All panels are currently visible.

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The Basics

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The Color Theme Adjustment has a very different appearance than a lot of the other adjustments within Topaz Studio. Instead of the typical sliders you will see 10 swatches and a color picker that is followed by 3 sliders.

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How this Adjustment Works:

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The first row of 5 swatches are colors pulled from your original image. You cannot edit these swatches. These five swatches are the 5 most dominant colors in your image and are ordered from darkest to lightest. The hex code of each color swatch is located beneath the swatch.

Row 2 of Swatches:
The second row of 5 swatches are the filter colors. You can change these swatches by clicking on each individual swatch and then selecting a new color from the color picker located below the swatches. If you are needing an exact color, you can input a hex code beneath each color swatch. If you ever need to reset a swatch, double clicking on it will reset it to its default value.

Lightness: 
This slider allows you to create a tint or shade of the selected color. Decreasing the value will create a darker shade, while increasing the value will create a lighter tint.

Details:
During the editing process, you may find that the small details were lost. This slider enables you to bring back the really fine details of the image.

Suppress Artifacts:
When drastically changing image color, you may notice some image artifacts occurring. Raising the value of the Suppress Artifacts slider will ensure those artifacts are blocked out.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_column_text]

Add the Color Theme Adjustment

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_column_text]NOTE: For this tutorial, we will be starting from scratch, so I’m going to close the effects panel and the workspace panel to allow more space to enlarge the image. You can do this by clicking on the border edge arrow. To open them back up, click again.

There are two ways to add the Color Theme Adjustment in Topaz Studio.

  1. Click the More Button in the Adjustment Buttons to show a list for all Adjustments. Click the Color Theme Adjustment to add it to your Adjustment Stack.
  2. Go to Menu > Adjustment > Color Theme Adjustment to add the Color Theme Adjustment.

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Adjust your Color Swatches

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_single_image image=”60366″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_column_text]Tip: When picking what type of color scheme you’d like to create take into account the colors that are already existent in the image. Making less dramatic color shifts will result in a more natural overall edit.

Try It: After deciding what type of color scheme you are going for (in this case I chose a complimentary color scheme of red and green). Click the leftmost color swatch and work your way down the line changing each swatch to better harmonize your image. If you want your color to be lighter or darker, you can do so by moving the lightness slider to the left or right.

When adjusting color, I like to keep the HSL histogram visible during this editing process because it is very easy to see how you are affecting the overall color of your image.

 

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Histogram before and after the Color Theme Adjustment

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Before and After

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How to use the Color Theme Adjustment

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Here you can see how even a slight change in the color palette can make a drastic change.

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Change the Blending Mode

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_single_image image=”60393″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_column_text]While I’m satisfied with the color I changed the flower to, I feel it doesn’t look very natural especially in the shadows. They seem too oversaturated for me. A great way to fix this is by changing the blending mode and opacity of the Color Theme Adjustment.

Try It: Click through the blending modes and see how each one affects your image. Experiment with some of your favorites to see what effects you can create with them. Some of my favorite blending modes are the Darker Color, Overlay, Soft Light, Saturation, and Color Blending Modes.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”60394″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center” onclick=”link_image”][vc_column_text]

Normal

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Color

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Saturation

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Soft Light

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Before and After

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]I chose to go with the Color Blending Mode for this image, I felt like it created the most natural result.

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How to use the Color Theme Adjustment

How to use the Color Theme Adjustment

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The Color Blending Mode creates a more natural effect.

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Final Tweaks

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Opacity Slider

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Try It: Select the Opacity Slider and move it left and right to see how it affects your overall image. Once you are satisfied with the look of your image, move down to the Details Slider.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_column_text]

Detail and Suppress Artifacts Slider

[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image=”60418″ img_size=”large” onclick=”link_image”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Located at the bottom of the Color Theme Adjustment Panel is the Detail and Suppress Artifacts Sliders. The Detail Slider affects very minute details, so if you are needing overall image sharpening, I suggest checking out our Precision Contrast or Sharpen Adjustment. After you are satisfied with the Detail Slider, move on to the Suppress Artifacts Slider. This isn’t always necessary, but I always add a little touch of this slider just to make sure my images are crystal clear.

Try It: Move the sliders left and right and see how it affects the details in your image. If you are working on a larger image, I would suggest zooming in. The changes will be much more apparent.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_single_image image=”60423″ img_size=”large” onclick=”link_image”][vc_column_text]

Before Detail Slider

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After Detail Slider

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Final Result

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How to use the Color Theme Adjustment

How to use the Color Theme Adjustment

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Gallery

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Here’s some other images that I created using the Color Theme Adjustment. While I don’t go over any of these in this blog article, I do go over the waterfall image in the video tutorial. I was able to achieve all these effects with only the Color Theme Adjustment and a little bit of the Topaz Studio Integrated Masking. I’ve also shared the 5 Color Theme Adjustments I used as one effect called Color Theme Basic Tutorial. You can find this effect by searching it in the Topaz Studio Community.

The corresponding adjustments are listed top to bottom: Red Flower, Rainbow Water, Chameleon, Tulips, and Waterfall. Just simply turn off or delete the color theme adjustments you wish to not use.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”60449″ img_size=”large” onclick=”link_image”][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_single_image image=”60439″ img_size=”large” onclick=”link_image”][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_single_image image=”60444″ img_size=”large” onclick=”link_image”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”60450″ img_size=”large” onclick=”link_image”][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_single_image image=”60440″ img_size=”large” onclick=”link_image”][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_single_image image=”60443″ img_size=”large” onclick=”link_image”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

That’s It!

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]From bold and colorful to subtle and realistic, the Color Theme Adjustment has the ability to achieve it. I hope I’ve inspired you to try out new things within the Color Theme Adjustment and realize the endless possibilities within Topaz Studio.

We’ll also be adding more tutorials and videos so be sure to give us a follow to learn more!

If you’d like to share your images with us, tag us on Instagram with @topazlabs and Twitter with @topazlabs. We’re also on Facebook and YouTube![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_separator border_width=”3″][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_column_text]

About Taylor L. Seaton

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Taylor Seaton is a 2016 graduate from Angelo State University. While attending ASU, she obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design and an area of emphasis in Business Management and Marketing. She also played volleyball at the collegiate level. She is currently the Social Media Manager at Topaz Labs.

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How to Use the Film Grain Adjustment

How to use the Film Grain Adjustment

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What is the Film Grain Adjustment?

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_column_text]The Topaz Studio Film Grain Adjustment makes it completely effortless to to create a vintage effect on images. Digital photography has eliminated certain elements such as film grain, traditionally found in film photography. Add that traditional, nostalgic feel and interesting surface texture back into images. For many of you not familiar with film gain, I’ll give you a little bit of the history behind it.

What is Film Grain? Film grain is a random texture that is found on processed photography film due to small particles of metallic silver being present during processing. These particles developed from silver halide which received enough protons during the photography process.

Why add it? Adding film grain to digital photos will make images appear as if they were developed in a dark room. Film grain also works great in small amounts to remove the plastic look from subjects.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]

Free Download

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_column_text]The Film Grain Adjustment is available within Topaz Studio as a Free Adjustment. If you’d like to check out everything that is free within Topaz Studio, I suggest checking out our What’s Free article. If you’d like to follow along with the Film Grain Adjustment, you can click the links below to download Topaz Studio.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_btn title=”Windows” shape=”square” color=”primary” align=”center” button_block=”true” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Ftopazlabs.com%2Ffilm-grain%2Fref%2F47%2F%3Fcampaign%3DFilmGrain_07%2F2017_Blog_FilmGrainPage|||”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_btn title=”Mac” shape=”square” color=”primary” align=”center” button_block=”true” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Ftopazlabs.com%2Ffilm-grain%2Fref%2F47%2F%3Fcampaign%3DFilmGrain_07%2F2017_Blog_FilmGrainPage|||”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]

What We Will Cover in This Tutorial

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_column_text]1. Basic Usage of the Film Grain Adjustment

2. How to Edit with the Film Grain Adjustment

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Reading not your Thing? Watch the Full Tutorial!

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1. Basic Usage of the Film Grain Adjustment

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Breakdown of the Sliders

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The sliders and what they do:

1. Strength:
Easily add film grain with the Strength slider. Simply increase the value of the Strength slider and the image will become more grainy.

2. Size:
Choose the size of the grain with the Size slider. Increasing the value of the slider will create larger grain, while decreasing the value of the slider will create smaller grain.

3. Randomness:
Choose how uniform the grain is. Increasing the value of this slider will result in a more random pattern of grain, while decreasing the value of this slider will create a more uniform grain.

4. Noise Type:
The noise type toggle controls whether the grain added will be only gray (monochromatic) or will be colored. I typically use the grey grain for black and white images and the colored grain for colored images.

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Open Your Image

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  1. Drag and drop an image from your computer into the program.
  2. Click Open (located in the Canvas) and navigate through your files. Select an image and click Open.
  3. Click Open in the menu bar. Select an image and click Open.
  4. Go to Menu > File > Open Image… and then select an image and click Open.
  5. Use your shortcut keys (such as Command O or Control O).

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Apply the Film Grain Adjustment to Your Image

[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_single_image image=”57136″ img_size=”large” onclick=”link_image”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]After you have successfully opened an image, you will want to apply the Film Grain Adjustment. This can be done one of two ways:

  1. Clicking Adjustments > Film Grain  from the top Menu Bar.
  2. Clicking More > Film Grain from the Adjustment tool bar located on the right-hand side of your workspace.

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2. Editing with Film Grain

[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_single_image image=”57369″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center” onclick=”link_image”][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]If you are planning on adding Film Grain to an image, I would suggest adding it towards the end of the workflow. If you add Film Grain at the bottom of your Adjustment stack, you may see other Adjustments like Precision Contrast (will make the grain stronger) or Reduce Noise (will remove the grain) impact the Film Grain Adjustment. After I added the Film Grain Adjustment, I increased the Size and Strength slider, as well as the randomizer (for a more natural effect) until I was satisfied. I chose to make this grain very visible to give it a really nostalgic feeling.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

The Settings

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The Before and After:

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Before

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After

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3. Enhancing Skin with Film Grain

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]We will be editing the image of this woman below. Her skin looks flawless, but it looks a little too perfect to me. I would like to create a more natural effect. When I’m adding skin texture to colored image, I choose the colored film grain. It creates a much more natural effect.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_single_image image=”57119″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center” onclick=”link_image”][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_single_image image=”57378″ img_size=”large” onclick=”link_image”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]For the first part of this tutorial, I wanted to make sure you were familiar with the Film Grain Controls. For the next part, we will be doing a little bit more advanced effect that uses Topaz Studio’s Integrated Masking.

Built in Functionality. Topaz Studio has a lot of functionality that allows you to perfect how each adjustment affects your image. The functionality is built right into the header next to its name. You will find adjustment level masking, an opacity slider, 28 blending modes, and the ability to duplicate the adjustment![/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Add Film Grain to Your Image

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The Settings

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Adjustment Level Masking

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_single_image image=”46805″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center” onclick=”link_image”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”5/6″][vc_column_text]Next, I am going to slightly mask the highlights and shadows on our subject to create a more natural effect. I’m going to use the adjustment level masking to accomplish this task. To do so, just click on the adjustment level masking icon in the adjustment panel (shown on the left). After you have opened your masking panel, select the luminosity mask.

Not familiar with masking? If you aren’t very familiar with masking, I suggest you check out this masking tutorial over the Topaz Studio Masking here[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]

Using the Luminosity Mask

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Before and After

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Before

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After

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Don’t forget to Save Your Effect

[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_single_image image=”46824″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center” onclick=”link_image”][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_single_image image=”46825″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center” onclick=”link_image”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”5/6″][vc_column_text]Save and Share Your Effects. If you end up really liking an effect, you can save it to quickly apply next time! You can either save the effect as a preset level (top icon) or global effect (bottom icon). Global presets allow you to share your creation with others by selecting ‘Yes’ in the Public field. Your effect will be shared to the entire Topaz Community instantly![/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Gallery

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Saving the effect can be a great way to quickly apply the same setting to multiple images. I used The Black and White Adjustment and the Precision Contrast Adjustment to create more depth to these images before adding the Film Grain Adjustment. I shared this effect to the community of effects as Film Grain Tutorial. It contains a Precision Contrast Adjustment, a B&W Adjustment, and a Film Grain Adjustment with its parameters set to 0.00. Thanks for reading and hope you’ve gained a little more understanding of the usefulness of the Film Grain Adjustment![/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_column_text]

Before

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After

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Thanks for Reading!

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]That’s all I have for today!

We’ll be adding more tutorials and videos so be sure to give us a follow to learn more!

If you’d like to share your images with us, tag us on Instagram with @topazlabs and Twitter with @topazlabs. We’re also on Facebook and YouTube![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]

Free Download

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About Taylor L. Seaton

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_single_image image=”8720″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle_2″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”5/6″][vc_column_text]Taylor Seaton is a 2016 graduate from Angelo State University. While attending ASU, she obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design and an area of emphasis in Business Management and Marketing. She also played volleyball at the collegiate level. She is currently the Social Media Manager at Topaz Labs.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_separator border_width=”3″][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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How to Use Tone Curves

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Tutorial created with Topaz Studio V1.0.8[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Hi everyone! Today I’ll be going over the Tone Curves Adjustment in Topaz Studio. This Adjustment is very versatile and allows you to make technical corrections and artistic changes alike. I’ll be showing how you can achieve both styles today. It’s pretty amazing how a touch of this adjustment can dramatically change your image.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]

Overview of the Tone Curves Adjustment

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_column_text]In photo editing, a curve is a remapping of image tonality. Curves can affect the overall tonality of an image, or individual channels. Applying Tone Curves to all channels will affect the brightness, shadows, and contrast while applying Tone Curves to individual channels will affect the image color.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_column_text]

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What You’ll Need

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_column_text]This introductory level walkthrough is really easy to follow along with but you will need just a few things if you’d like to follow along with me:

1. Topaz Studio. You’ll need Topaz Studio on your computer if you’d like to follow along during this tutorial. It’s free to download and Tone Curves is always free to use.

2. An Image. Grab any image to follow along and try it out for yourself.

3. About 10 minutes. This beginner’s level tutorial will only take about 10 minutes to complete.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_column_text]Don’t have Topaz Studio? Topaz Studio is free to download! You can get it now by using the links below. If you need more information about Topaz Studio, check out this overview: Introducing Topaz Studio[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_text_separator title=”Download Topaz Studio” color=”custom” css_animation=”none” accent_color=”#7c7c7c”][vc_empty_space][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner content_aligment=”center” animation_in_type=”transition.slideUpIn” animation_in_offset=”100″ animation_in_duration=”800″ animation_in_delay=”0″][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″ alignment=”center”][ucaddon_uc_icon_hover_effect_button text=”Macintosh” icon=”fa fa-apple” link=”http://d2xkriaa67cpt4.cloudfront.net/topazstudio_online_installer.dmg” background_color=”#0f9af8″ uc_fonts_data=”JTdCJTdE”][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″ alignment=”center”][ucaddon_uc_icon_hover_effect_button text=”Windows” icon=”fa fa-windows” link=”http://d2xkriaa67cpt4.cloudfront.net/topazstudio_online_installer.exe” background_color=”#0f9af8″ uc_fonts_data=”JTdCJTdE”][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image=”55776″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]

An open image in Topaz Studio, edited with 4 different Tone Curves Adjustments. The Effects Panel, Scopes Panel, and Workspace Panel are all minimized for this tutorial.

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Adjustment Overview

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The Channels and What They Do:

All: Technically manipulate and change aspects of the image’s exposure. Add contrast, increase shadows, and increase highlights.

Red: Increase Red or Cyan in an image.

Green: Increase Green or Magenta in an image.

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Add the Tone Curves Adjustment

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_column_text]NOTE: We will not be using 1-click effects, the workspace, or the scopes panel. I have minimized these areas to make my canvas bigger. You can do this by clicking on the border edge arrow. To open them back up, click again.

There are a few different ways to add the Tone Curves Adjustment in Topaz Studio.

  1. Click the Tone Curves Adjustment icon in the Adjustment Buttons. All 10 free adjustments are located here.
  2. Click the More Button in the Adjustment Buttons to show a list for all Adjustments. Click Tone Curves Adjustment to add it to your Adjustment Stack.
  3. Go to Menu > Adjustment >Tone Curves Adjustment to add the Tone Curves Adjustment.

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Adjust RGB Tonality

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_column_text]Changing the RGB Channel will affect the lightness and darkness in an image.

Tip: Most people add an S-Curve. This is where one point is above the Curve Line and one point is below to create a subtle S Shape.

Try It: Use your mouse or stylus to click and drag points to change the Curve Line. You will see how your image and histogram change. You can add as few or as many points as you like to change your image. The shadows, highlights, and contrast will be affected when you update the RGB Channel.

 

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Before and After

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Here you can see how a slight S Curve can affect the image contrast.

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Adjust the Red Channel

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_column_text]Changing the Red Channel will add Red when the points are above the Curve Line and Cyan when the points are below. If a point is above and one is below, you will start to notice a slight dual tone effect.

Try It: Use your mouse or stylus to click and drag points to change the Red Channel Curve Line. You will see how your image and histogram change. You can add as few or as many points as you like to change your image (while I prefer one point you may prefer more). Experiment with the Red Channel and see how your image is affected.

 

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Before and After

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The Red Channel affects reds in an image.

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Adjust the Green Channel

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_column_text]Changing the Green Channel will add Green when the points are above the Curve Line and Magenta when the points are below. If a point is above and one is below, you will start to notice a slight dual tone effect.

Try It: Use your mouse or stylus to click and drag points to change the Green Channel Curve Line. You will see how your image and histogram change. You can add as few or as many points as you like to change your image. Experiment with the Green Channel and see how your image is affected. You may like to add green or to add magenta.

 

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Before and After

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The Green Channel affects green in an image.

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Adjust the Blue Channel

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_column_text]Changing the Blue Channel will add Blue when the points are above the Curve Line and Yellow when the points are below. If a point is above and one is below, you will start to notice a slight dual tone effect.

Try It: Use your mouse or stylus to click and drag points to change the Blue Channel Curve Line. Experiment and see how your image is affected with more blue or more yellow.

 

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Before and After

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The Blue Channel affects blues in an image.

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Combine Tone Curves and Masking Tutorial

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That’s It!

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]From bold and colorful to subtle and realistic, that’s everything you can accomplish with the Tone Curves Adjustment in Topaz Studio and how you can do it! I hope you tried out a few new things today and learned a little about the endless possibilities within Topaz Studio.

We’ll also be adding more tutorials and videos so be sure to give us a follow to learn more!

If you’d like to share your images with us, tag us on Instagram with @topazlabs and Twitter with @topazlabs. We’re also on Facebook and YouTube![/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_column_text]

About Jodi L. Robbins

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”8523″ img_size=”” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle_2″][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Jodi is currently the Art Director of Topaz Labs. She has been an artist and photographer for over 15 years, starting with black and white film photography and alternative processing. After completing her BFA in Studio Art from Southern Methodist University and her Masters in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design, she worked in product photography for companies such as Heritage Auctions, Neiman Marcus, and the Dallas Cowboys.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][/vc_column][/vc_row]