Use the Color Sampler tool in Photoshop

This walkthrough is a simplified version of how you would get two different images to harmonise together using the Color Sampler tool and Curves layers in Photoshop.

We’re using the Color Sampler tool here, on two images taken by photographer Ruth Rose, to match an approximated black point (or at least a dark region of shadow) in a background to a similarly dark region on our subject. In principle, to get the images working together we would want to match their black, grey and white points – however this isn’t always easy, and it tends to be the shadows that give away superimposed images if they’re not well matched.

We’ll then apply a subtle tone and colour filter over the whole image to bring it together a bit more. You would also use sharpening, if necessary, to ensure the subject doesn’t look out of focus against a defined backdrop.

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