Quick Tip: Create One-Click Photo Effects in Photoshop

Category: Photo Effects and Retouching

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Did you know that you can apply one-click color effects to your photos? It is very easy to do it using the Color Lookup Adjustment Layer. In fact, it’s so easy that even an absolute beginner can apply beautiful color effects just by following this short tutorial.

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Without getting into too much technical details, a color look-up table (CLUT) is a mechanism, used mainly in video or photography, to transform a range of input colors into another range of colors. While difficult to create, the Color Lookup Tables are very easy to apply and Adobe has provided a nice amount of pre loaded tables for you to use on your photos.

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Click on the Adjustment Layers icon at the bottom right of the Layers palette and select Color Lookup from the menu.

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The Color Lookup Palette will open up and you will see several options. Don’t worry about those options, we will only concentrate on the pre-built tables.

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Just click on the pulldown menus and select the table you want. Always click on the pulldown menu and not on the radio buttons or you will be prompted to load a table to your list. Since we will be using the default tables, this is not necessary.

In this example we will start with one of my favorites, the Horror Blue table.

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And that’s it! With just a single click we applied an awesome color effect without messing around with curves, levels and other complex techniques.

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Let’s see some other examples:

2 Strip Color Table

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Candle Light Color Table

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Film Stock 50 Color Table

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