Photoshop Color Grading Masterclass


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40 lessons, 24 individual color grading projects, and 2 full compositing projects.

There are many tools and workflows in color grading that are needed to master contrast, color, saturation, detail, black level, and white. You will learn to master ALL of them in this course.

Not only do I cover EVERY adjustment tool in Photoshop for color manipulation, but also color theory, the workflow, selections, masking, replacing skies and fixing skin tones. These are the techniques used by the top pros in the field.


What's Included?

Turn a dull photo into a brightly colored one. Create a stunning body of work without the headache of endless trial and error.

You'll Want To See This!

From Idea to Execution

This course is for you if…

You’ve struggled in the past getting a good result in color correction.

You have spent a lot of time trying to understand color adjustment tools and don’t get consistent results.

You spend time doing a lot of trial and error and want to create amazing art with little effort.

"I've been using Photoshop since the mid-90s (version 3 - 7), but have learned more from your instructional videos in the past two months than I had learned using Photoshop the past 20 years! It's a whole new ball game."

Les B.


6h 3m


Beginner / Intermediate



Color Theory

Let’s go back to art class and learn the basics of the color wheel, color harmony and color mixing. This is the theory behind color which you’ll need to understand for any color grading...


Introduction to Adjustment Layers

Did you know you can nondestructively color grade in Photoshop? And color grade multiple layers at the same time? Or just target a single layer? Let’s check out adjustment layers!


Tour through Adjustment Layers

There are 19 adjustment layers! In this lesson, we go through each of them and show you how they affect the image. Learn which you will use the most, which you won’t and why.



The histogram is a visual chart of the colors or luminosity in your image. Understanding how to read it will make color grading a whole lot faster.



What’s the opposite of cyan? What about yellow? What about green? In this lesson, you will learn the difference between the two basic color models and how they relate to each other.


Color Channels

Before Photoshop, in the good old days of the darkroom, you could expose red, green and blue lights separately, giving you the ability to change colors. Welcome to channels!


Brightness and Contrast

The first correction you’ll make on ANY image is adjusting the brightness and the contrast. Often times, this is the only fix you will have to make. And here you’ll learn how.


Auto Features

Did you know that with a few changes to Photoshop’s default behavior, the “auto” color adjustments can become your best friend? Learn how to get these tools working how you want t...


Power of the Dropper

The most useful color correction tool in Photoshop is the neutral eye dropper. And you’ll find it all over the place! It’s in Camera Raw, Curves, Levels and more!

Basic Color Grading



Learn the basic color grading workflow from opening a raw photo to making adjustments inside Photoshop.


Color Grading with Targets

Rather than using the eye dropper to set neutral, whites and blacks—here you’ll learn how to use them to apply a color grade to your image.


Old Man of Storr

Turn a beautiful landscape photo into a dramatic, cinematic and breathtaking landscape! Here we go through the entire color grading workflow in Photoshop.


Selective Color

Not only do we learn how to use Adobe’s color palette generator, but also how to push the colors in our image toward a color palette using the Selective Color adjustment layer. Adobe's Color...



The most powerful adjustment layer and the one you will use on at least 75% of all color correction or grading projects, let’s dive further into curves and see how to use it for a real-world ...


Hue Saturation

Great for pushing colors to different parts of the spectrum without requiring a mask, here we learn how to use the Hue Saturation adjustment layer.



Learn how to use channel information to make intricate selections for sky replacements, color correction and more.


The Water

In this lesson, we change the color of the water while retaining the side reflection colors—utilizing a curve layer and… believe it or not… a solid color adjustment layer!


The Trees

Next, we target the trees, bringing up their brightness and color saturation. Learn how to intersect selections and masks and use adjustment layers in combination with each other.


Replacing the Sky

The sky makes the landscape! Unfortunately, you can’t control the weather. But with Photoshop, you can control your sky. In this lesson, we’ll learn how to replace a sky realistically.


Final Touches

Camera RAW is great for processing your photographs. It’s also great as a filter in and of itself. Learn how to give your final image that extra punch with Camera RAW!

Achieving that Look


Film Grade Introduction

Let’s dive into what gives films “that look”—and how to achieve it using the color adjustment tools in Photoshop. This lesson covers the most common cyan/orange color grade.


The Matrix

You know that green cast that showers the digital world of the Matrix? In this lesson, we’re going to use Color Balance and curves to achieve that look.


The Martian

From green to orange, here you will learn how to achieve the look of the Martian—putting a strong warm cast on your image. And yes, you can use this for images that aren’t in Mars.


Neon Dream

In this lesson, we go through the entire workflow of creating the neo noir look made popular by photographer Brandon Woelfel. Check out Brandon's instagram here:


A New Background

In this series of lessons, we do a full composite project for a horror movie poster! The first step is taking my living room and turning it into a scary warehouse.


Color Grading

A red and green color harmony are popular for horror. And with movie posters, we want to really push those colors—far more than we’d do for a photo.



Learn how to use layer blending to add texture to an image—from grunge in the background, to subtle smoke and sparks.


Match and Replace Color

Did you know that you can transfer the color grade of one image to a different image using a single tool in Photoshop? Here we take a look at the Match color and replace color tools.


Lighting the Night

Turn on the lights and they’ll glow! In this tutorial, we’ll take a look at some of the lesser used adjustment layers and how we can use these to create volumetric lights in a night image.


Rain and Fog

Add realistic rain and fog to an image with a combination of procedural filters and custom brushes. These tricks work for all manner of elements you want to add to your image.


Turning Day to Night

Do you want to take a daytime image and turn it into a night photograph? In this lesson we’ll dive into the Color Lookup adjustment layer to do exactly that!


Adding Snow

Here’s a great trick to add some snow to your image procedurally. That means the snow will not look repeated or tiled, as often happens when using a snow brush.


Create Your Own Color Lookup Table

Did you know that you can create your own Color lookup table using any of the adjustment layers and saving that as a preset? Well… you can! And here’s how.

Color Grading Techniques


Summer to Autumn

Let’s deep dive into the Hue/Saturation layer adjustment and convert a summer image (with greenery) into an autumn image with warm toned foliage.


Skin Tones

A little photoshop “magic trick” to quickly (15-seconds-quick with a bit of practice) correct skin tones in Photoshop. This works for ANY skin tone in ANY photograph.


Car Color

In this lesson, we take a look at the channel mixer—that oft-ignored and little used adjustment layer that you give up on every time you try to use it!


Retro Look

The channel mixer isn’t the best tool for color grading… but in this tutorial we put it up against curves and Hue/Saturation to get the “Museum of Ice Cream” retro pink col...



One of the most visually intuitive ways to color grade is with a gradient map. Learn how to set a gradient that can control the color tint of your lights, shadows and mid-tones independently!

Final Chapter


Vintage Postcard

In addition to color grading, this tutorial also covers some basics of compositing and a cool trick to adjust the depth of field in your photo without the dreaded halo around your subject.


CMYK Conversion

Coming from a decade of experience in print production, here are the most common pitfalls when sending images to print and how you can avoid them!

Photoshop Color Grading Masterclass


Take control of color in your images! The full workflow for color grading in photoshop covering EVERY color adjustment tool and HOW to use them.

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