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  • Getting that washed out orangey look right...

    So, nothing new here, but just working on a project for someone...
    And I haven't found a good solution on the forums yet.

    Just wondered if anyone had some tips on getting that J.Teller look right..
    Like in the recent Celine ads etc:

    and someone else's version here which was pretty successful I think. I like the how the orange cast tends to only really affect the shadows.

    I'm close, but just not nailing it yet:

    So far here is what I have done:
    - boost brightness.
    - 'Gold 1' Gradient map set to Soft Light, 80% opacity.
    - Added layer of Orange set to Colour bending mode. Then changed blending options to only affect dark tones.

    Any ideas how I can I can take it a bit further please?
    Or a better process than what I have already done?

    and BTW Yes, I know about how JT tapes orange gels to the flash and shooting film etc..but it's not impossible that it can be achieved in CS6 I think.

  • #2
    Re: Getting that washed out orangey look right...

    Try putting an orange coat on your model.

    Seriously, the Celine image has a warm cast overall. The whites and blacks are both warm. The shadows are not particularly orange, the coat is.

    Your shot is also a bit warm, and your shadows are (roughly) in line with the Celine shot (a bit greener, but who's counting...). If you need your shadows more orange still, while keeping your model's colors where they are, do a silo of your model and tint the background separately. Otherwise, just add some more red/magenta overall and mask out the skin, or lighten/desaturate, if it goes to red.

    How you add color isn't the key, there are plenty of tools, it's putting it where you want it that counts. That's where masking comes in.


    • #3
      Re: Getting that washed out orangey look right...

      The orange color of the shadows in your second example is most likely the result of using a slow enough shutter speed to pick up some of the ambient light in the room coming from a tungsten light source. If the lights in the room were fluorescent the shadows would be more green.


      • #4
        Re: Getting that washed out orangey look right...

        Hate to disappoint you, but this look is all about in-camera .

        So, as holgaman said, you get colored shadows, when your main light is different color than your ambient/fill.

        You get light shadows by having a strong fill/ambient.

        You get sharp shaddows by using a small light source.

        And you get war tone by having lots of warm elements in the image, be it the skin, the coat, wood etc.

        You can boost the oranges and warm tones in post, but the dynamic has to be there form the start.


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