Color grading your photos to get a certain look and feel is quite hard to do with the Curves and HSL adjustments. You can now download these free reference charts for Photoshop and Lightroom which will make using the tone curves much easier and it’ll also let you see exactly what colors you’re getting. These charts are intended for people who already have experience color grading and need a better way to visualize their effects.

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Photoshop

Drag and drop the two reference chart in your document. Position the layers in this order:

  1. Photoshop Top Layer.png
  2. Curves Adjustment Layer
  3. Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer
  4. Photoshop Bottom Layer.png
  5. Background / Your Photo

Lightroom

Right-click on any image then go to Edit In > Open as Smart Object in Photoshop. Drag and drop the Lightroom reference chart over your photo then save and close the document.

8 thoughts on “Color Grade Better with These Free Charts for Photoshop & Lightroom”

  1. Hi Denny – I thought this was an excellent way to color grad! It did a really good job on my sky with big clouds, especially after adjusting the individual channels. The Hue/Sat adjustments were good, but this really worked with the Curves Adj. Layer. Great tutorial!

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