How to Match Colors in Photoshop

Nemanja Sekulic has amassed a huge following on YouTube with his fantastic photo-manipulations and tutorials. Not only that, each tutorial is expertly put together in commercial looking video. And he gives them away for free. I honestly can not think of many photo-manipulators that offer as much value in their videos. In this YouTube video, Sekulic walks us through the three best ways to match color in Photoshop.

The first technique Sekulic shows us is the average blur. You duplicate your background layer, move it to the top of the Layers panel and click average blur. This creates an average color of all the colors in the background. He then clips it to the model layer and switches the blend mode to color. Once the opacity is lowered the model is now color-matched to the background.

The second technique Sekulic shows us is even quicker, but it does not always give us the best results. We select our model image, click on a color match from the menu, and select our background image in the dialog box.

Finally, in the third technique, Sekulic shows how to match the color by using a color balance adjustment layer and changing the mid-tone and highlight colors to match the colors in the image.

All three of these techniques are quick and easy and Sekulic teaches us in a very easy to follow way. If you are new to composite, one of the hardest aspects is color matching so I hope this video will make the process a little easier for you.

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3 Comments

Benoit Pigeon's picture

His background has already lost the full color spectrum and to me seem to have been processed with a grey scale type of adjustment keeping the light, ceiling and walls possibly original in colors.

Eric Crudup's picture

Hey check it out, a photoshop-centric YouTuber that takes 1 extra minute to process his audio so that I can actually hear what he's saying.