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Cinematic look – Movie color effect in Photoshop

This Photoshop tutorial shows you how to create cinematic look from ordinary digital camera photos. You’ll learn how to apply movie color effect in Photoshop in 6 easy steps. Besides movie colors, you will also learn how to recreate movie lighting with Lighting effects filter. It’s important to choose suitable source image to follow this tutorial. It shouldn’t be very colorful or bright. Neutral or pale colors would work better and make your job easier. This is a guest post by Almagreta. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guest post guidelines.

cinematic look movie color photoshop tutorial

cinematic look movie color photoshop tutorial

Let’s start. I chose an absolutely ordinary looking photo.

cinematic look before

cinematic look before

    1. Create a new Curves adjustment layer with Medium Contract preset to increase contrast.
curves

curves

    1. Then create a new Hue Saturation adjustment layer and decrease saturation to make uniform colors.
hue saturation

hue saturation

    1. Apply Color Balance adjustment Layer to make colors looking more effective.
color balance

color balance

    1. Merge Visible Layers (Shift + Ctrl + E) and apply Lighting Effects Filter (Filter > Render > Lighting Effects). Experiment by clicking and dragging points on the circle to highlight the area around face.
lighting effect

lighting effect

    1. Now create a new Levels adjustment layer to make rich black color.
levels

levels

    1. Last touch makes colors warmer and adds a distinctive light to your image.
      Create a new Photo Filter adjustment Layer with the following presets.
photo filter

photo filter

This is the result.
Cinematic look – Movie color effect

cinematic look movie color

cinematic look movie color

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