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Photo Editing tip! How to colour grade your images fast : Model-Marie Jean Saxton

Updated: Nov 12, 2020



how to colour grade your images fast and perfect in photoshop using lightroom presets; a method called colour stacking!


Model: Marie-Jean Saxton

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Lightroom is by far my favourite go to app for colour grading because its fast for bulk editing, easy to use which is handy for creatives who like to shoot and share their content quickly! Over the years I've built a rather large collection of presets and I have nothing but good things to say about using them.

"sometimes a single preset is not enough to create the look i want to go for which can be frustrating at times. Luckily, I found a way around this issue by accident!"

Everything has its pros and cons and for me, my issue with presets is that sometimes a single preset is not enough to create the look i want to go for which can be frustrating at times.

Luckily, I have discovered a way around this issue by accident! I'm not sure if this is a widely used technique out there, but I have certainly stumbled across this little trick myself through experience and frustration and I'm happy to share this with you! It's a process i like to call colour stacking!

"You can export into photoshop as many preset layers as you wish!"

In simple terms, it is a process of adding presets to an image and loading individual versions of the same image with different presets into photoshop as layers to create one image. So in essence, you can add a preset "just" focused on the background and export this version of the image into photoshop, and go back into Lightroom again but this time add/colour grade the image for the foreground, model, outfit etc. You can export into photoshop as many preset layers as you wish! you could create a preset just for the clothes, one for the skin, one for the background and combine them all into a single image!the sky is the limit (well... as many as your computer RAM can handle i suppose) .


Go on and watch the quick video tutorial below and I promise you, your clients will be impressed by how you've managed to retain certain colours given the environment the image was shot in.

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The Secret of Colour Grading - in photography


I hope that quick demo video was helpful. Below is a tutorial by the amazing Joanna Kustra ( The Secret of colour grading in photography). I always refer to this tutorial time and time again with regards to colour grading in general.




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