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#1 Holster

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Posted 07 January 2018 - 01:33 PM

Hi everyone! In this tutorial, Ill be showing you how I colour and retouch screencaps.


The annoying thing with screencaps is that they are often very dull, dark, and too 


blue or yellow, so there will be two parts to 


this tutorial: fixing yellow screencaps and blue screencaps. 


 


P A R T :  1


How to turn this:


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into this:


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1.  Add a Colour Balance adjustment layer and set the blend mode to screen. Adjust the opacity 


as you like, but I left mine at 100%. 


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2. Brightness/Contrast. Whenever I increase the brightness, I always decrease the contrast to 


about the same amount, and vice versa, so the picture wont look too 


blown out. I pushed the brightness +33 and pulled the contrast down to -27. 


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3. (Optional) Add Colour Lookup. Beside 3DLUT File, there should be a dropdown menu labeled 


Load 3D LUT. Select Kodak 5205 Fuji 3510. 


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4. As you can see, the screencap still looks very yellow, so we'll use Curves to fix that. 


Since the tone of the image is overly yellow, counter that by increasing the blue. 


Select "Blue" under the dropdown menu labeled "RGB" and raise the middle of 


the curve. The curves setting looks like this.


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5. Now, the highlights look a bit too red/magenta. Select "Red" from the dropdown menu 


and pull down the middle of the curve. Also pull down the top right corner of the curves. 


The curves for red should look like this.


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6. The shadows are too green now, so select "Green" and pull the bottom-left corner 


of the curves a little bit to the right. The settings should look like this.


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7. I did some minor tweaks such as brightening the image by pulling up the entire "RGB"


 curve, but keeping the contrast low by pulling down the upper half of the curve. I 


wanted to add a bit of blue to the shadows so I pulled up the bottom-left corner of the 


"Blue" curve, and tweaked "Red" a little more because the highlights still looked a bit


 too red. The final curves look like this.


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  8. Lastly, I added Selective Colouring for more minor adjustments. I selected 


"Yellow" from the Colours dropdown menu and pushed the magenta to +27. Then I 


went to "White" and decreased cyan to -8 and magenta to -18.


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And that's it! Some sharpening, filtering, and you're all good to go. 


F2WMiwU.png


 


Another example:


KOUrSfa.png -- to --  N9XmC6q.png


 


 


P A R T :  2


How to turn this:


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into this:


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1. Add a Colour Balance layer and set it to screen. I left the opacity at 100%, 


but adjust it accordingly.


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2. Add a Brightness/Contrast layer. I increased the brightness to +30 and decreased the contrast to -28.


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3. (Optional) Add a Colour Lookup layer. Under the dropdown menu labeled 


"Load 3D LUT", select Kodak 5218 Kodak 2395.


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4. As you can see, the overall tone of the image is too blue and the skin looks 


pasty. Add a Curves layer, select "Blue" from the dropdown menu, and pull 


down the middle of the blue curve. The curves for blue should look like this.


vQdANMF.png


 


5. That made the image too green, so select "Green" from the dropdown menu and 


pull down the middle of the green curve. The curve should look like this.


ArX4OBL.png


 


6. The skin still looks very pale and pasty. Select "Red" and pull up the middle of the 


red curve. This made the overall tone of the image very red, but since I wanted just 


the highlights to be red, I pulled down the lower left half ot the curve to dial back 


the reds. The curve settings should look like this.


LVRbX78.png


 


7. I went back and made some tiny adjustments with the curves. I increased the 


contrast just a little bit by pulling up the "RGB" curve and lowered a bit of the red. 


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8. Add Selective Colouring for some fine colour tweaks. Under "Red", I increased 


the magenta to +16. Then I selected "Yellow" and increased the magenta to +11, 


yellow to +14, and black to +30. 


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Now it's time to filter! I always put all the colouring layers into a group and do the 


filtering under the colouring. This way, you can still go back and make some 


adjustments later on.


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Another example:


TI2iBPV.png -- to --  YxAfDsw.png


 


I hope this tutorial was helpful! Don't hesitate to message me or post 


below if you have any questions or need some clarifications.♡


Edited by ailhsa, 12 May 2018 - 01:33 PM.
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#2 steve harrington

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Posted 07 January 2018 - 02:10 PM

This is so beyond amazing! Wow!!


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Posted 07 January 2018 - 02:35 PM

This is so awesome, I will definitely be trying this!! Thank you!


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Posted 07 January 2018 - 02:45 PM

:oooo actual magiccccc thank you so much <333


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Posted 07 January 2018 - 03:19 PM

You are a lifesaver, honestly. <33

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Posted 02 February 2018 - 08:11 AM

this is so amazing omg?????


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Posted 03 February 2018 - 09:16 PM

Thank you so much for this :) I really want to try the blue screencap one as that's the ones I have the most trouble with... 


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Posted 25 July 2018 - 10:53 AM

this was really helpful and so awesome, omg, now i can color my screencaps appropriately. 






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