Color correction using classical painting

The process of processing photos in order to give them the desired color can sometimes be a difficult task for you. Just think, the most ancient masters of painting spent years of their lives studying flowers. Why allow their works to hang on the walls of various museums, while they could be useful to you in color correction?

When Photoshop CS series programs came out, they included a new tool called MatchColor (Pick color). This tool was created so that you can compare a series of photos with each other.

But there is one more thing you can do with MatchColor (Pick up color): You can match the colors of your photo from famous artworks.

I keep a reference book with me, which contains about 30 of my favorite works of art. And sometimes, when I need to make a color correction, I look at them to find one that will give the photos that I work on, the best look.

This technique can be used for other purposes. For example, use the color from a 1970 Kodachrome scanned image to give your new photo a vintage style. Want to give photos more fear? Use the colors of the picture, depicting the storm.

Here you can see more examples (many of them are HDR, which are adjusted using this method as a final step).

Here’s how to do it:

Step 1. Upload the image you would like to match. Here I used a picture of William Blake “Great Architect”

Step 2. Upload your photo

Step 3. Make sure your photo is active. If you are not sure, go to the menu Window> YourPhoto (Window> Your photo) (approx. Under the inscription “Your photo”, the author means the name of your photo, which you should find in the drop-down menu).

Step 4. Then go to the menu Image> Adjustments> MatchColor (Image> Correction> Match Color).

Step 5. Select the source image in the Source drop-down menu:

Step 6. Play with the settings Luminance“(Brightness) and “ColorIntensity (Color intensity) if required.

Step 7. Click OK.

Here you can see more examples of this color correction method with options “before” and “after”, plus a larger version of the image that we made as a sample.

If you want to know where these pictures were applied, go to the page with examples.

Author: James Delaney

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