Palette Effects Recipes

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Palette Effects Recipes


One of my good friends and fellow photo buddies, Jeffrey McPheeters, once told me that photo editing is like being a chef.   You can give the same ten ingredients to two different chefs, and each one will come up with something different.  Some of them may go for sweet, others for savory and some may not even know what to do with the ingredients.  Photo post-processing is no different.

In the Palette Effects education bundle, I simply showed you the ingredients.  Here we are going to make some recipes from them!  In the course material, I will share with you what I have come up with using some of the “ingredients.”   However, like any good chef, you may find you want a little more of this that and these recipes are 100% ready for modification.

We will create five different images from the provided recipes.

Recipe #1:  Black and White:  the Silver Lining
Recipe #2:  Warm Sunsets
Recipe #3:  Vintage Dreams
Recipe #4:  Bleached Lomo
Recipe #5:  Selective Saturation (a Workflow method)

What we will learn in Palette Effects Recipes:

  • How to make our own “Recipes” from the Palette Effects “Ingredients.”
  • How to use the Custom Selection tool to apply effects to specific areas of our images.


*To continue, press the blue “Start Taking Course” button at the top of this page and proceed to Lesson 1


Lesson 2 Recipe 1 – Tone

Length: 7 minutesComplexity: Standard

Recipe 1:  The Silver Lining   In Lesson 2, we will take a look at the “Silver Lining” Recipe.  It includes the use of the Black and White Glow and…

Lesson 3: Recipe 2 – Color

Length: 7 minutesComplexity: Standard

Warm Sunsets In this Lesson, we will look at a Recipe that can make really nice glowing warm sunsets, or calm and cool environments. Recipe Notes: Experiment with the warm…

Lesson 4 Recipe 3 – Effect 1

Length: 5 minutesComplexity: Standard

Vintage Dreams In this recipe, we will use both the Cyanotype and Sepia Tone effects to make a dramatic looking vintage image.  Optionally, you may add the Warm Glow in…

Lesson 5 Recipe 4 – Effect 2

Length: 5 minutesComplexity: Standard

Bleached Lomo Effect In this lesson, we will look at a recipe that combines the Bleached Bypass and Lomograph effects.  It is extremely versatile when you modify the gradients in the…

Lesson 6 Recipe 5 – Workflow

Length: 7 minutesComplexity: Standard

Selective Saturation Techniques Here we will look at a recipe that is focused on two selective saturation techniques.  We will use the Saturation boost in combination with the Layer Tools…

Lesson 7 Recipes Conclusion

Length: 4 minutesComplexity: Easy

Conclusion While this concludes our Palette Effects Recipes course, the experimentation never ends.  The versatility of Palette Effects is shocking.  It can be used as a finishing touch panel that…