Photoshop Tutorial: Steal the Color & Tone of an Image with Match Color -HD-

Hello and welcome back to another Photoshop
tutorial. Today I’m going to be showing you how you
can steal the color and tone of one image, and use it on another. So here I have two images that have a drastically
different color tone and feel. So what if we wanted this first image of this
path to look a lot more like the color and tone of the second image of the barn? Now your initial thought might be to spend
a decent chunk of time with a few different adjustment layers, or you could go ahead and
start by trying out the match color adjustment, which is what we’re going to be doing today. So I’m just going to flip back over to the
first image here, and then go up to “Image”, down to “Adjustments”, and then down to “Match
Color.” Now the first thing that we’re going to look
at in this dialog box is this option called “Source” down here under “Image Statistics.” Now this is where you’re actually going to
select your second image that you want to steal the color and tone from. So we’re going to select that image, and mine
is going to be that bottom image right here, another file that’s open. And you’ll immediately see that it pulls up
the picture here and starts to apply the effect to your image. Now some images will look good right off the
bat. This one is not one of those images, so we’re
going to need to use some of these image options to really refine this effect. So with these effects we have luminance here,
and luminance is going to control the perceived brightness of the image. The color intensity is going to control the
vibrance. And the fade is going to control how the color
is faded from the new image we brought over of the barn onto the original image of the
path. Now with all of these image options, when
we adjust these we’re actually adjusting the properties of the new image since we selected
a source. If we hadn’t selected a source, then these
image options would then apply to our old original image of the path, but since we do
have a source, then they’re going to apply to how the color is brought over and blended
from the image of the barn. So, lastly we have this “Neutralize” checkbox,
and this is going to neutralize the main color that is being cast by the selected photo,
which is the barn. So it’s going to neutralize any kind of major
color that’s being cast over that photo. So I’m just going to go ahead and set some
of these. So I’m just going to put this one at about
125. I’m going to put the color intensity at about
70, and I’m going to put the fade at about 45, and then I’m to go ahead and check the
neutralize color box. So if we then go up to the preview we can
see how this change has taken effect on our image. So you can see the before and after, and that’s
a pretty drastic change. So if we go ahead and click “ok” we can flip
between these images after its gone ahead and taken effect. And you can see that these images now seem
like they fit a lot better into the same kind of feel. It seems like they have the same tone to them,
and a lot of the same colors have been matched from the original image. So this is a great tool for stealing the tone
of an image. It’s not always going to be perfect, but you
can refine it and even use it as a huge head start before going ahead and diving into other
adjustment layers. So that’s my time, but as always, if you enjoyed
this tutorial, be sure to subscribe, rate, and comment for more.


  1. ricky123443 January 7, 2015 at 5:55 am

    happy to see you upload again!

  2. Chiparooo January 7, 2015 at 5:59 am

    Welcome back! Great tip!

  3. Biosystem Studios January 7, 2015 at 6:33 am

    This is actually pretty cool, I could use this for some projects I have going

  4. Srdja January 7, 2015 at 6:54 am

    welcome back!!! 😀

  5. chunky January 7, 2015 at 7:57 am


  6. Bob Bell January 7, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Very useful, thanks 🙂

  7. Aventador January 13, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Thanks man !

  8. MoreChannelNoise February 14, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Thanks, it's one of those things that I had done before but completely forgotten about!

  9. Chris Poppe April 24, 2015 at 10:45 am

    You deserve a medal 🙂

  10. Rocio Mac Pherson May 24, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    How would you do this on photoshop elements 12

  11. afro symphony August 30, 2015 at 1:42 am

    omg!!!! let the thievery begin!!! loooooool

  12. D S November 6, 2015 at 10:23 am


  13. jojofelina December 30, 2015 at 8:53 am

    thanks dude

  14. Shan S January 19, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    Thank you!

  15. Udi Assaf March 27, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Excellent tutorial. One thing though: It might be a better option to leave the Fade slider at zero, since there is no going back once you set it to a different parameter. You can simply use opacity to get the same effect and that is an option you always have (of course – duplicate your layer before).

  16. Kyuchan Films October 22, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    oh my gossshhh.. thank you

  17. 999safe 999safe January 14, 2017 at 5:10 am

    Great Tutorial , very useful, Thankyou

  18. Hassam Tariq February 15, 2017 at 11:22 am

    THANKS ALOT!!! 🙂

  19. Adaeze Njoku March 14, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    I've been looking for this forever, thanks!!!!!!!!!

  20. hen ngo August 13, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    very helpful! thank you

  21. Anthony Klein November 23, 2017 at 7:56 am

    have you ever tried an owen wilson impression

  22. Szab S. December 17, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Usefull video, thanks!

  23. Franky Giuffrida January 5, 2018 at 12:41 am

    So how did you come up with those numbers? Trial and error?

  24. Mihai Virciu May 7, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    you save my day. thanks

  25. NATALIA MADRÁS May 18, 2018 at 11:22 am

    Thank you !!!

  26. Elva Mustika August 27, 2018 at 3:54 am

    Thank you so much!✨

  27. Metaclass November 22, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    plaz someone tell me the simples thig in the world. I have firts adjusted the raw, at all 4 simultaiously. BUT, now when I open images HOW, do I adjust and do same cerection and edit on ALL the pics in the bin ta the SAME time, and how to make a preset, like in aurora 2018, didt adobe " invent the yeet ??

  28. D Truther March 19, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    This method doesn’t work on any image I try.

  29. Flamingo Drive April 21, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    te amo!!!

  30. harter kern May 5, 2019 at 11:54 am

    quick and precise tut! Thank You!

  31. ThePCJakub July 17, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    Thanks, great tip! Photoshop has really amazing tools.

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