The one about the Photoshop panels

5 mins // easy read

If you know the name Pratik Naik, then you know just what I am going to say about these two panels.

They are AWESOME. They do the two things I really hoped they would. Simple and effective. They are in fact so simple that you just press the button, but so well made that they are infinitely adjustable. They are now part of my creative workflow in a way that I can not really remember what I did before I had them

So what are they?

They are panels that connect into Photoshop giving simple, click and go colour or monochrome conversions. The beauty of these is that you can just use the panel to offer up suggestions then tweak as the panel creates a clean new workflow in the layers panels explaining the adjustments it created for you. Pratik explains ‘It’s a smart color grading tool that expertly randomizes a set of adjustment layers to create a unique look to your images…. the product was dreamed up by me and developed in conjunction with legendary Conny Wallstrom (who is also behind the Retouching Toolkit which is definitely something worth looking at).

 

All of my abandoned house images are graded using the infinite colour panel. I have a few different settings that the panel came up with.

The process is really simple and if you have a basic understanding of layers the way you can edit them is super simple too.

Without colour grade

With the colour grade

How do they work?

They are very simple, and I will post the two videos that you will find if you head over the website, but I wanted to explain how I use them for the wide range of genres that I work with.

Normally I would never touch the colour grading of an image until the later stages, but I have found myself using the panels in a new way.

  1. Light healing layer
  2. Colour Preview
  3. Finish healing
  4. Dodge and Burn
  5. Re-apply colour
  6. Tweak and adjust colour

The new addition is step two, I just simply hit the ‘Create button’ to see a good preview of where the image might end up in terms of colour grading, then turn the layers off for the final editing steps before turning it back on and making any final adjustments.

The cover image for issue 159 was created and graded by the ICP. It took two clicks with some soft adjustments to get the colour looking for how it ended up on the cover.

There are two panels

Yes, there is the monochrome version of the panel which has some extra things that a photographer might want to have quick access too, such as contrast, grain and a fade effect. Again, they work are simple to adjust. Here are some of the key elements from the two panels.

If you want know more check out:https://www.infinitecolorpanel.com/

If you want me to do a full guide about using the panel, just send us a message.

SMART SETTINGS

* Once you set an opacity of the folder of colors it generates, it stays there no matter how many looks you create.
* If you don’t like a specific look, we’ve scripted it so that you can easily hit Undo to go back to the previous look you created.

HARMONIZE – INSTANTLY COLOR TONE

The Harmonize feature generates a harmonious set of colors for your highlights, shadows, and midtones based on what it deems most pleasing from the image. Once generated, you can select which colors you want in each tonal region!

CUSTOMIZABLE RANDOMIZATION

It works just like a slot machine, hit create and watch it generate a unique look with the adjustment layers you choose. The layers stay in-tact, so you can also re-shuffle individual layers in case you find something you almost like but may want to tweak. It’s completely customizable!

INTENSITY

No matter if your tastes in color are minor or prefer an aggressive look, the level of control will appeal to the most particular of palettes. The light, medium, and intense modes account for different tonal ranges.

 

 

Looking for something different?

Here are some things I found on the internet that might be interesting to you:

Alan Schaller: Streets in Mind SmugMug Films.

POV London Street Photography with Nick Turpin.

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