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Photoshop Quick Tip: How to Color Correct Photos Placed on Different Backgrounds.

November 1, 2019

This is Marty with another Photoshop Quick Tip! If you want to place one photo on top of another
photo that has different exposure, white balance, contrast and color, I’m going to show you
how to match them quickly and easily. The first step is to cut your foreground subject
from its original background and place it onto your new background. Click the Adjustment Layer icon and click “Curves”. By default, a layer mask is created alongside
the adjustment layer. Click the icon to make the Curves adjustment
layer active. The Curves panel essentially shows an image’s
tonal range. The image’s tonality is represented as a straight diagonal line on a graph from black to white. You’ll notice there are 3 eyedropper icons. These represent the points for black, gray
and white in your image. If you want your foreground subject to be
color corrected to match the background, double-click the eyedropper icon that represents the black point. Double-clicking opens the Color Picker. Click the darkest color on your background,
which in this image is about here. Then, click OK. When you see this message, click “Yes” to
set the new target colors as defaults. Next, double-click the eyedropper icon that
represents the gray point, which again opens the Color Picker. This time, click a medium tone on your background. As before, click OK and “Yes”. Lastly, double-click the eyedropper icon for
the white point. Click the lightest tone of your background. Now, we’ll match our foreground subject to
the black, gray and white points of your background. Click the eyedropper icon that represents
the black point. Don’t double-click it; just click it once. Click the darkest tone of your foreground subject. You’ll notice that it and the background changes
in its color, contrast and so on – it’ll all make sense in a minute. In the Curves panel, you’ll see green, red
and blue lines that converge at the upper, right. These lines represent the green, red and blue
channels of the darkest tone of our foreground subject. They adjusted themselves to match the darkest
tone of our background. Click the gray point eyedropper icon and click a point on your foreground subject that represents a medium tone or color. Lastly, click the white point eyedropper icon
and click the lightest tone of your foreground subject. We want to apply the color correction to just
our foreground subject, so we need to restrict the adjustment layer to the foreground subject. To do this, click the Clipping Mask icon or
you can go to Layer and Create Clipping Mask. Voila! Our foreground subject is now color corrected
to our background. This has been another Photoshop Quick Tip
from Marty at Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!


  • Reply Agent К_видео October 23, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    Great strategy! I always learn something new.

  • Reply Mees October 23, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    You talk like David Lynch, lol. Thanks for the tutorial!

  • Reply affix play October 23, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    Спасибо, Марти! ☺

  • Reply Tluanga Hualngo October 23, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    Thanks for the tutorial.

  • Reply Pawan Guru October 23, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    Excellent sir

  • Reply Asif Khan October 23, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    Thank you sir i learned alot from you
    I'm from Pakistan

  • Reply Paulius Tau October 23, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    Amazing! Thank you very much!

  • Reply Bandolero HAS October 23, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    Great Sir!

  • Reply Nduka Ikechukwu October 23, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    wow….awesome. Simple and effective.

  • Reply archer609 October 23, 2019 at 7:04 pm


  • Reply A. Groot October 23, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    Thank you Mary! 👍👍👍

  • Reply Read Text Msg October 23, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    I used to use the Match Color technique, I like this a lot better!

  • Reply Eric Severin October 23, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    Man you are more helpful to me..👏👏👏
    A lot of love from Tanzania.

  • Reply Mohammad sheikh October 23, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Great Great Great you are great……….

  • Reply Vincenzo Platini October 23, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    Great! Thank you! 👏👏👏

  • Reply Andrea Merchak October 23, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    Great tip! Thanks a lot, Marty!

  • Reply Fadhli Ardiansyah October 23, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    Wow.. thanks for tips

  • Reply Thomas Stegmaier October 23, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    Thank you for your many amzing tutorials. I'm from Germany. But you are better as the most german Photoshop User. Sorry for my english

  • Reply Christ Setra October 23, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    easy… thankyou

  • Reply jpwood6661 October 23, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    Great tip, thanks.

  • Reply Yasir Al Aloosi October 23, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    Thanks for great video… 🍻

  • Reply Danielle Fernandes October 23, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    whoa I'm in awe, you're the best!

  • Reply Liberty Productions October 23, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    Excellent, thank you!

  • Reply Jaime E. Campuzano T. October 23, 2019 at 11:39 pm

    Thank you very much Marty!!!

  • Reply Duy Pham October 24, 2019 at 12:17 am

    Thank you so much Marty!

  • Reply HOOD CLASSIC TELEVISION October 24, 2019 at 1:00 am

    Dope 👍🏾

  • Reply YGUROOTZ box-stocks racer October 24, 2019 at 1:21 am

    Wow nice technique

  • Reply Rajesh Solomon October 24, 2019 at 1:47 am

    Great, thanks for tips!

  • Reply Fx Rx October 24, 2019 at 1:50 am

    You're awesome!

  • Reply Decimus TV October 24, 2019 at 1:57 am

    Thank you. Very useful. I needed to know this.

  • Reply MARKAND DAVE October 24, 2019 at 2:18 am

    Wow..Very nice…

  • Reply Kevin Lockwood October 24, 2019 at 3:04 am

    I've seen a few of these videos on that technique. NOW I understand it. Thanks Marty

  • Reply Mega Dude October 24, 2019 at 3:24 am

    The only problem is I can't choose the mid tone colour 🙂

  • Reply Frank Hernandez October 24, 2019 at 4:05 am

    Great explanation as always, but I have a question. When you selected yes in the dialogue box, did you change the defaults? If you were to want to go back to the original defaults, how would you do so? Thanks again.

  • Reply Rod Fleharty October 24, 2019 at 4:21 am

    Thank you. Great information!

  • Reply xmasterblue October 24, 2019 at 5:27 am

    Does Clicking on ‘yes’ for default colors affect the curves for the next image? Does it change any of it’s properties ?

  • Reply Tarun Verma Films October 24, 2019 at 5:40 am

    brother you tutorials are just awesome ! and different

  • Reply Pinjari Pedda Khaja Miah P.khaja October 24, 2019 at 5:48 am

    Well done sir you are done a great job👍👏🤗 superb

  • Reply Toai Luong Cong October 24, 2019 at 6:44 am

    Greate, Thank you so much

  • Reply Yustar Presents October 24, 2019 at 7:45 am

    Omg! God bless you sir

  • Reply Pascal Charenton October 24, 2019 at 9:18 am

    As usual efficient and easy, thanks a lot

  • Reply The Owl Channel October 24, 2019 at 9:22 am

    Wow this is amazing I’ve always used the hue and saturation and other adjustments but this is totally the best way😭😭😭👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 and this can be applied to any kind of image right?

  • Reply Marinela Malceva October 24, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    Thank you for another great tutorial!

  • Reply Kamal Siddiqui October 24, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    Wooow i must say, this is a brilliant tips from a brilliant man, for me.

  • Reply Rudy2053 October 24, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Thanks Marty….I was using a different method, but this one is wonderful. Great respect for you.

  • Reply search PS October 24, 2019 at 6:03 pm


  • Reply Ak 17 October 24, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    wow superb…

  • Reply Saied Alasaad October 24, 2019 at 9:01 pm


  • Reply JOSE LENIN ARCOS SALINAS October 24, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    Thanks for sharing, very good tutorial

  • Reply TheWebStylist October 25, 2019 at 2:11 am

    Priceless! 🙌🏻⚡️💪🏻💥👏🏻

  • Reply samnella9 October 25, 2019 at 2:30 am

    What if you wanted to add 2 or 3 different images instead of the one as shown in your video? That would be a bit more complicated I think. How would you do that?

  • Reply SubDream October 25, 2019 at 6:45 am


  • Reply Tech Geek October 25, 2019 at 8:18 am

    I love this channel <3

  • Reply bswade007 October 25, 2019 at 9:40 am

    Great tip Marty, thanks!

  • Reply Fernando Vázquez Dj Manitas October 25, 2019 at 9:59 am

    Perfect, thanks Marty.

  • Reply Julio Avalos October 26, 2019 at 6:55 am

    Wow, thank you for the tutorial. It makes things so much easier.

  • Reply Marcus enin October 26, 2019 at 8:50 am

    You are fantastic

  • Reply Ven Sun October 26, 2019 at 9:14 am

    using Photoshop CC 2018
    i can make the same as yours?

    hope you reply

  • Reply mohamed elhakim October 26, 2019 at 11:24 am

    I love you so much you are my teacher and I am proud of you all the time and every day learning from you something new pretend God to be health and safety

  • Reply Diógenes Alencar October 26, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    Ual! So fast so amazing!

  • Reply Manuela Bonjour et Bonsoir October 26, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    Amazing Top Tip.Thank you for Sharing this Video

  • Reply Jeff Thomas October 27, 2019 at 3:15 am

    Thank you so much

  • Reply Gia Phú Vương October 27, 2019 at 10:28 am


  • Reply Way To Life October 27, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    Thank you sir its very help full keep it up

  • Reply Fernando Vázquez Dj Manitas October 28, 2019 at 10:45 am

    Hi Marty, the tutorial is very good, but what if one of the images or both do not have a gray color, as we have the color to make the adjustments and finish the work? Thank you very much dear friend

  • Reply Beatriz Santos October 28, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    The best Photoshop channel i've ever see 🎉 thanx Martin

  • Reply Lâm Hiệp October 29, 2019 at 4:25 pm


  • Reply Navigator777777 October 31, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Wow! Loved it! Thanks Marty!

  • Reply Simplifier l'informatique November 1, 2019 at 11:29 am

    wow, thanks very much Mr Martin

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