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Copy the color grade from any movie and add it to your photos in Photoshop

How to copy the color grade from a movie and instantly apply it to your photos in Photoshop

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How to copy a movie color grade and apply it to any photo. Create the Zach Snyder Justice League and 300 look in Photoshop. Colin Smith shows you how to steal the color grade from any move and add it to your photos. The proper way to do cinematic color grading made really easy. and quick.


0:00 Intro, the setup

0:34 Finding the source images, how to make screen captures

1:36 5 things that make the Zach Snyder look

3:10 Project 1, the basics of copying a color grade (city)

4:46 color grade a portrait (project 2)

5:50 Advanced Color grading a scene

7:20 Additional tricks in Photoshop for a color grade


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15 responses to “Copy the color grade from any movie and add it to your photos in Photoshop”

  1. You are VERY generous with your expansive knowledge & experience.
    Always so clear & precise. Inspiring.
    Thank you.
    See you at LFL!

  2. LOVE this tutorial Colin!! Thank you for sharing it. I’ve wanted to do this kind of photography for YEAAAAARS, but never really played around with it because it seemed overwhelming. This is incredible and I can’t wait to do some shots with it!! Thank you

  3. PS….300 is my favorite movie BECAUSE of the *look* of it. I literally cried the first time I saw it on the big screen because of how BEAUTIFUL it was. And then I went and saw it 3 more times on the big screen!!! Everyone thinks it’s cuz of the 1/2 naked men and I’m all nerd when I talk about it “NOOOOO…it’s the cinematography after effects they did on it in addition to a great story…….what men?” LOL

  4. This was great! After getting a look to simulate a cinematic style then I’d like to create a LUT that can be used over again…. I assume there’s a way to do that. But I’m not sure what it is.

  5. I have been trying this but it doesn’t work for me. I capture the image, go into PS/file new/paste and save. Then when I go into match color and select it, it is washed out completely. It’s the same every image no matter what I capture. I’ve used printscreen and windows key+shift+s but no luck. When saved the image looks fine but not when I select it. Any suggestions?

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