When creating digital composites, one of the most important factors is maintaining a constant colour balance throughout the entire image. Whether you’re shooting your own photographs, creating your own CG elements and/or working from a stock image library, quite often the individual components will have been shot or rendered under different lighting and will need adjusting to match their environment.

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Match Color is a handy built in Photoshop tool that allows you to apply the colour range from one layer of your image to another, creating continuity between the layers.

Here photographer Tigz Rice shows you how it works with an image that draws on the look of Disney’s modernised story of the witch from Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent, which stars Angelina Jolie.

Time to complete

5 minutes

Software needed


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