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My Favourite Colour Trick using Creative Cloud Libraries #110

August 28, 2019

– [Glyn] Hi, I’m Glyn Dewis
and in this new video, I want to show you my brand new way, my new favourite way of
colourizing my pictures and giving them mood and atmosphere. Now in earlier videos, you’ll have seen that I really favoured using colour lookup table adjustment
layers in Photoshop, however, you’ll notice there’s one big problem using those. (shutter clicks) Okay, so what is the problem using lookup table adjustment
layers in Photoshop when we’re colourizing our pictures. Well, let me just show you that. Now in the top right-hand
corner of the screen, you’ll see a little click where you can actually go and
watch an earlier video where I showed you how
you can create, save, and apply your own colour
lookup table adjustment layers with just one click. But I want to show you
the problem with those. Now as a very quick
recap, let’s have a look how we actually create those. On the screen at the moment,
you can see a picture that’s actually had the colour and mood and atmosphere added to it
using several adjustment layers at the top of the layers stack. Now if we turn those off,
you can see the effect that those actually have in there. Now if I want to save
this particular look, and create a one-click effect, what I need to do is leave all those adjustment layers visible, but turn off every other
layer in the layer stack except for the background layer. Then what I’ll do is
I’ll go to the file menu, choose Export, and we go
to colour lookup tables. Now I’ll just call this one PSW, because I actually
created this picture here, took this picture at
Photoshop World in Orlando, so I’ll click Okay, and
then we’ll give it a name. I’ll just save it directly onto my desktop and we’ll just call it
P-S-W-L-U-T, for lookup table, and click Save. So when I do that, Photoshop then saves those adjustment layers
there so I can apply them as a one-click effect
anytime later in the future. Let me just show you how we do that. With all these layers, this top layer, actually, let’s just delete them now, and we’ll just turn on every other layer that’s gone into the actual
retouching this picture. So now to actually add that
look as a one-click effect, I’ll go to the Adjustment Layers in the top right-hand
corners of the screen, click on Colour Lookups,
go to the top menu, where it says Load 3D
LUT, click on it again, to go to the open dialogue on my desktop, and there’s the one we’ve just saved. Click on that, click Load, and you’ll see, that Photoshop will then apply
that look onto the picture. However, now that it’s applied that look, how, when we look at the layers panel, can I dive in and start
fine tuning the look? Sure I can start using things like opacity and blend modes and stuff like that, but I can’t actually get to the recipe that made this picture. So let me show you now my new way. Let’s just delete that
lookup table adjustment, and I’ll bring the
picture back to the stage, just go File and Revert, bring it back to the stage when we had
all those adjustment layers at the top of the layer stack. Now all I’m gonna do is this. I’m gonna click on the uppermost layer, hold down my Shift key, and then click on the very first adjustment that went into giving the picture it’s look. So now, they’re all highlighted. But I’m going to the flyout menu, in the top right-hand
corner of the layers panel, and choose New Group From Layers, and I’ll call this group the name that I want this particular colouring to be called, so I’ll
just call it P-S-W 2017. Call it whatever you want. This will just remind me of the look that I did when I did this picture at Photoshop World Orlando. Then I’ll click Okay. So now, all these layers are in a group at the very, very top of my layer stack. Now here’s the trick. I’m gonna go to my Creative Cloud library. In here I’ve got a whole number of different libraries that I’ve created that contain a whole
load of different files that I can now access on any computer that I login to my Creative Cloud on. But I’m just gonna go to one here that I’ve got called, Colour. And I’m gonna take this little group that I’ve just made now at
the top of my layer stack and I’m actually gonna drag that group over into my libraries and then release. And what you’ll see here is, it places that group here as a look, or a graphic, rather, in
my Creative Cloud library. So now that we’ve done
that, how can we use it? Well let’s just delete that group. And let’s just say now that we want to apply the look or one of the looks that we’ve got saved in
our Creative Cloud library. Here’s what you can do. Open up your Creative Cloud library, find the coloured look that you want, that you’ve created here
by saving all the layers into a group, and then
you can drag it over on top of your picture. Let’s just put it, position
it so it’s perfect, just like so, and then press Enter. Now you’ll see that actually
nothing has changed. But over in the layers
panel, you’ll see that we’ve got a new layer added, and this little cloud icon in
the bottom right-hand corner. Now that’s kind of like a smart object. And actually, it’s like a cloud object, and it kind of behaves the
same as a smart object, in that, if we double-click
on that thumbnail, it’ll open up a new document, but in here are all the adjustment layers that we used to create
that particular look. But the problem here is
even though I can come in and dial in the different opacities and what I’ve done on each
of these individual layers to affect the look of the picture, I can’t actually see the picture to see how it’s affecting it. So here’s how you’re going to do it. Let’s just close that down. We don’t actually need that. So we’ll click No, and we’ll
go back to our main picture. Now let’s just delete that Cloud layer, because there’s one little
thing that you need to do. Go back to our Creative Cloud libraries. Here again, is that look that we saved, by saving all those adjustment
layers into a group. Now instead of just
dragging that over on top of my picture, what I’m going to do, at the same time, is hold
down the Option key on Mac, or Alt key on PC, then
I want to click on it, then I’m going to drag it out and drop it directly on top of my picture. And immediately, you’ll
see that that colour, that mood and atmosphere has
been added to my picture. But as an even bigger bonus to that is we have now the group at
the top of the layer stack. I can actually open that group, and here I have all the
actual individual adjustments that went into giving the
picture that final look. So I can now come in, dial in the look to suit the picture I’m working on. So it gives me a heck of
a lot more flexibility than just having one layer in a 3D lookup title that I saved. Now the great thing about this is, you can save as many of these actual looks that you want over in your
Creative Cloud library because they’re only
using adjustment layers, and the actual memory size
they take up is minimal. So you’ll be able to
save as many as you like. So I find this now a much, much better way for me to colourize my
pictures, because I always want to tweak the look just to suit
the picture I’m adding it to. So I really hope that’s
gonna be useful to you. I think it’s definitely
the way forward for me, but yeah, I’ll kind of
leave that with you. If you like it, give us a thumbs up there on the video,
maybe leave us a comment in the comment section below. If you haven’t already,
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if you’ve got any questions, leave them in the comment section, below. And again, I hope this
has been useful to you. And I’ll catch you next time.


  • Reply Per Illum May 7, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    Great tip….. love it Glyn …. and thanks for shering this with us all ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Barry King May 7, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    Brill ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply graham wizardo May 7, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    I think you have been asked this before Glyn the only way I can save luts in photoshop 6 is with the final retouch or saving it out as a psd file .. I enjoyed your tutorial in LUTS very much… Is their a magical way at all in photoshop 6 to do what you do in Photoshop CC

  • Reply Nadeem Rafaqat May 7, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    Very Nice. So much efforts in photoshop, I want to learn more about other softwares like illustrator etc.

  • Reply Rich Mack May 7, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    Nice. But if you don't have Creative Cloud you can do the same thing by dropping the Lookup group to a new empty document and saving it as a psd with a name like Lookup Tables. You can add as many groups to the document as you like. Then when working on a photo you can load the Lookup Tables document and drag & drop a group or two to on to it. Not as universally accessible as the Cloud but a good work around.
    Thanks for being so generous with your knowledge.

  • Reply Ahmad Al-Rumaih May 7, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    You are one of my favorite photographers. Always great videos and photos.

  • Reply Darren Turner May 7, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    Great tip Glyn, thanks. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

  • Reply Strange Kiku May 7, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    I was wondering if you can't just make an action out of it? I just recently got back into photoshop after a 2 years break so idk if actions are still a thing.

  • Reply cosawanty May 7, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    That is a brilliant tip. Thanks for sharing it.

  • Reply Bert Harmsma May 7, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    Excellect!!! Thanks for sharing

  • Reply David Croft May 7, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    How did you work all that out? Genius! great tutorial, thank you.

  • Reply kyriakos Pelekanos May 7, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Nice tip man, thanks ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply 1BigBucks1 May 8, 2017 at 2:14 am

    Cool. What is the Alt key doing that makes this work? ๐Ÿค”

  • Reply FastAkira May 8, 2017 at 3:06 am

    And you couldn't share your color correction look up for us? XD

  • Reply David King May 8, 2017 at 4:39 am

    Neat trick… thanks

  • Reply Karl Shaw May 8, 2017 at 6:26 am

    Everyone says "option key on Mac, alt key on PC". It's an Alt key on my Mac ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply drpentecost May 8, 2017 at 9:55 am

    Great tutorial Glyn. If you go to the folder where adobe store their default LUT's in the drop down menu, you can save your own custom LUT's in the same folder and they will be available in the drop down menu without the need to keep loading them.

  • Reply Gregory Mason May 8, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Thanks, neat idea as I am always adjusting my adjustment layers and such on the individual images

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  • Reply Jeremy Alderton May 8, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Great tip, as always. But now that I've brought in my LUT from the cloud, how do I clip it to just the layer immediately below. Alt-clicking between the group and the layer below doesn't work. I can convert it to a smart object and do it that way, but then I'm back to the same issue you identified at the beginning. Any help appreciated.

  • Reply Vilhelm3989 May 8, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    If you open the graphic as a "cloud object" and open it up, could you drag the group over to the picture that you put the cloud object in? (As you do when you move layers to different documents)

  • Reply Dan Mahar May 8, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    Fantastic video, thank you Glyn!

  • Reply Jaime Lacayo C. May 9, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    Sir, you just became #1 in my book. This is a freaking genius tip!

  • Reply Marcel Bauer May 10, 2017 at 7:26 pm


  • Reply Theresa Jackson May 11, 2017 at 5:53 am

    You gotta love how awesome, but also quirky CC Libraries can be at the same time. A group of adjustment layers is considered a graphic, but a single lookup table is an asset all of it's own and can be applied with a single click. Thanks for this. I love your work around tip.

  • Reply Lorraine Coulson May 16, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Brilliant as usual! I'd love to learn more about how to get the most out of the creative cloud, as I'm sure there's a ton of stuff I'm missing. e.g. I have no idea how cc libraries work. Thank you so much x

  • Reply James Gamble May 19, 2017 at 1:11 am

    Love this Glyn! I've been opening my previous edit & dragging the adjustment layers to my new documents to ensure I'm editing consistently. This makes that so much easier! Love your channel buddy! Keep it up๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป

  • Reply TheBarkingLot4 May 28, 2017 at 5:12 am

    Really great, Glyn. Thanks!

  • Reply Kent Skjรธnnemann June 2, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Great tips you gave here ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thx alot ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Lorraine Cornish June 13, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Great tip – thank you so much!

  • Reply Sylvia Stagg-Giuliano June 15, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    Thanks! Great information. Still working on learning how to use the cloud. Got your new book as an e-book, looking forward to learning from it!

  • Reply Eric Geerts June 19, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Woauw … thanks a million for all your wonderful PS tips, Glyn.
    Very highly appreciated! Brilliant stuff.

  • Reply Recep Buyukguzel August 15, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Thank you!!!Thank you!!!!
    I will share your videos ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Donielle Brinkman October 5, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    This is awesome and I have saved so much time using this tip! Just one question though…some of my layers don't align so I have to go through them individually and transform them to fit. Is there a quicker way to make all the layers scale to the canvas?

  • Reply Chris ND. March 20, 2018 at 1:31 am

    Brilliant tip. Thank Glyn for this one

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