Getting this popular ORANGE AND TEAL color grading look isn’t as complicated as it seems. If your photography applications and stock presets do not satisfy your eye for aesthetics, making your own custom preset is the way to go! Here are 3 easy steps on how to achieve the preset– and it’s just not limited to those two colors alone. You can play with unlimited color schemes and combinations, depending on your mood. My orange and teal tutorial is absolutely beginner-friendly. Read on to find out more!
First things first—What you need:
- You will need LIGHTROOM or LIGHTROOM Mobile if you are using your smartphone.
- A photo that has natural blues and oranges (it will be easier to tweak those, I promise)
- An inspiration that will serve as your guide when you go on editing the colors
- As much as possible, shoot in RAW format if available, if not, high quality JPG
STEP 1: Adjust the photo’s exposure if needed
After importing your photo, go to the DEVELOP MENU (desktop) and to the BASIC panel. Edit the exposure, highlights and shadows accordingly.
- Temp & Tint – Adjusts the white balance of the photo
- Highlights & Whites- Corrects the overexposed parts of your photo
- Shadows & Blacks – Gives more detail to dark parts of the photo. Do not overdo as your photo might be noisy already.
- Contrast – Do Not increase your contrast too much, the photo will not look nice lol
- Crop the photo
There are no exact numbers, it will depend on how the photo was taken. To know if your photo is overexposed or underexposed, you may refer to the histogram located on top of the sliders. I do not recommend “major” tweaking of photos by the way, use it to enhance and not to alter. BTW, I did not adjust anything on my photo, just wanted to show the before and after.
STEP 2: Play with the Hue & Saturation
This is the most exciting part of editing process because there are endless possibilities as long as you let your creativity do its job. Again, there are no exact settings for the adjustments will greatly depend on the photo reference. I’m just giving you an overview on how I did my adjustments.
- BLUE – Since my photo already has a natural blue sky, I tweaked the “blue” slider’s hue down to -62 to change it to teal.
- YELLOW – I don’t have a natural orange color, but if this is the case, try adjusting the “yellow” slider’s hue down, and its saturation up.
- RED – If there are reds in the photo, change the hue and saturation accordingly until it turns orange
- GREEN – Just in case there are green colors in your photo, adjust desaturate them into oranges
STEP 3: Add a FADE effect
After adjusting the colors, navigate to the lower part of the develop tool and look for the “Tone Curve” or “Curves”. Add the points as shown below by clicking and then drag the leftmost point up to adjust the fade effect for a subtle feel. The intensity varies on your preference already. Afterwards, you’re all set!
- You can desaturate too and decrease or increase the intensity of the colors. Just do not overdo it, like what I have been saying.
- There are no rules but photography is better when you know basic composition techniques
Good luck! Loved the orange and teal tutorial? Check out my other photography tips here.