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Paintings by the masters demonstrate a sophisticated use of color. Wouldn't it be great to be able to impart those complex colors into your own photographs? Well, you can, and I am going to show you how. The way this is done is with a filter called the Match filter. And what I want to show you is how I can take an image--and the one I am going to use is this image. This is an image that we can distribute to you, but I want you to think of any artist that you like. You can go out on the web and find just about any image by any of the masters that you want, or practically anybody.
So you've got this world of color imagery by painters available to you as a resource. So imagine the painting that you would like to use in place of this one. So we've got this color set in this image that we like, and let's go back to the other image. This is a photograph that I took, and what I want to do is apply the colors of this image to this photograph. So we are going to go up to Image > Adjustments > Match Color.
So with the Match Color filter now, I can go ahead and say, what is my Source? And we have the other photograph here, green_lily, so we'll go ahead and apply it, and at first it seems not that great, but we have some controls we can do here. For one thing, the colors are really blown out, so I am going to turn Luminance down and keep turning it down, so now I'm not getting blown out color in here. The other thing I can do is I can play with the Color Intensity. So you can see how now I am charging these colors up. And again, part of the lesson we are trying to learn here is this is yet another way to take our photographic colors out of the image and move them more towards the language of painting.
The other thing that really helps out is to click on Neutralize. You know if you don't like it, you don't have to use it, but always check it out, because I find it's generally a better result. What it does is it takes colorcasts out of the imagery. To my eye, it's a much better rendition. So I can continue to play with things that Luminance a little bit. That's too dark of course. But with the sliders, as with all other sliders we have been talking about, these are truly season-to-taste adjustments. It's what your eye thinks is right. There is no single one right answer.
But now we've got this image, and I've got it in a completely different set of colors than it was originally. And if we go back, there is the original color, and there's what we've changed it into. So something decidedly different from the kinds of colors that were captured by a digital sensor, as we are seeing here. It's great as a photograph, and it may very well look nice hanging on a wall exactly like this, but if you're going to interpret this into the language of painting, you may want to consider ways to take that photographic color out and give it a more painterly spin.
That's what we've done here with the Match filter.
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