Building a Stunning Orange and Teal Look in Exposure

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Emphasizing the colors orange and teal is a look used by some Hollywood movies. Color grading with complementary hues can enhance color contrast in your work and give your images more punch.

Watch our new Orange and Teal video and learn how to build your own Exposure preset with a cinematic feel. This is an update of a previous video. We updated it because the new color adjustment sliders that we added in the Exposure X3 Complete Workflow Update give you a powerful and even easier way to accomplish this effect.

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  1. Randy Goodhew April 30, 2018 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    Hey Jimmy:

    I created my Orange and Teal Preset using the Tone Curve controls.
    Then I fine tune with sliders as necessary for each image.
    Is this a good thing?

    • Jimmy Beech May 1, 2018 at 9:29 am - Reply

      Hi Randy – I think so, yes. If you feel comfortable using the Tone Curve, that workflow is perfect. The HSL panel allows for greater control, but if the tone curve is well-understood, it can be suitable for similar techniques.

      When I save out a preset, my goal is to build a good base effect that works well in several conditions; then I make minor modifications to tweak the look for each image. It sounds like you’re doing the same thing.

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