Create a subtle or dramatic change in your photo’s appearance by applying a Color Lookup adjustment layer in Adobe Photoshop.
Coffee cup and laptop sitting on pale orange table. Laptop displays underwater view of surfer riding ocean wave

Add a Color Lookup adjustment layer

Open an image in Photoshop. Then, click the Adjustment Layer icon in the Layers panel and choose Color Lookup.

Layers panel is open. Adjustment Layer > Color Lookup option is selected

Choose a Color Lookup option

In the Properties panel, choose one of the available Color Lookup tables.

Note: There are three categories of lookup tables each containing different presets you can try out on your photos. Most presets are available in the “3DLUT File” option. If this option is disabled, make sure your image is in the RGB Color mode (Image > Mode > RGB Color).

Color Lookup Properties panel is open with 3 options available. Image must be in RGB mode to use 3DLUT option.

Choose a Color Lookup preset

Choose a preset from the Color Lookup table you selected. Photoshop maps the existing colors in your photo with those in the preset to create a new look.

Underwater view of surfer on ocean wave has a bright blue cool tone after applying the Crisp Winter Color Lookup preset

Experiment with different presets to see which one complements your image. For the sample photo, we chose “Crisp_Winter.look” to apply a bright blue cool tone to the image.

Six versions of the surfer image appear with different Color Lookup presets applied.

Fine-tune the adjustment

Use the Layer Blend Mode and Opacity options in the Layers panel to fine-tune the adjustment.

The surfer image is fine-tuned using Layer Blend Mode and Opacity options in the Layers panel

Tip: Save your image as a PSD or TIFF file so you can adjust the Color Lookup settings later. You can save an extra copy in a different format, such as JPEG or PNG, for posting online.

To adjust the Color Lookup settings, double-click the icon next to the Color Lookup layer in the Layers panel.

Color Lookup settings are adjusted by double-clicking the icon next to the Color Lookup layer in the Layers panel
08/30/2021
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