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♠ TONE THEORY …  It’s ALL a Game of Tones ♠

The difference between a good photo and a PHENOMENAL photo rests in one critical place, the TONES.  The tones in your photo do so many important things and have a strong influence on your viewer’s experience.  Your tones are responsible for (but not limited to):

♠  How your image will be received within the first few seconds of viewing
♠  How your viewer navigates throughout your image
♠  How vibrant or drab your colors will be
♠  How balanced your photo will appear from a distance

If you read through that list and wondered how that could be possible, then this course is for you.  I want to teach you not just how to edit photos with tone in mind, I want to teach you how to read them and understand them so you know EXACTLY what is going on when your viewer sees your work.

I have spoken countless times about Color Theory and how wildly important it is for understanding color, but where is the Tone Theory?

In this course, you will learn how the principles of Color Theory apply directly to Tone as well.  We will discuss Tone Theory and how it will help us formulate hypotheses, develop controlled experiments, and in the end answer our burning questions about tone to create predictable and reproducible results time and time again.

The Game of Tones Course in a Nutshell

✔  Eleven unique video tutorials
✔  159 minutes of education
✔  Access to all PDF’s and Follow Along Files
✔  15 Photoshop Actions for ULTIMATE Tone Control

In This Tone Theory Course, You Will Learn:

► How to Principles of Tone Theory
► An Understanding of Light
► How to Assess tones to navigate the viewer’s eye
► The difference between Dynamic Range and Contrast
► The Blend Modes that encourage Tone control
► Luminosity Mask and Blend If basics
► How to control the viewer’s experience in post-production
► NEW- The ART of TONE Sculpting

120 reviews for Game of Tones

  1. Cor

    Great course! I have learned a lot about Tone and how to use it in my work. Always kind of neglected tone and jumped right to color. Now I know how important it is to control your tone.
    The actions that come with the course are also very useful.

  2. Steven

    Not to knock any of your other courses, but this is one of the best yet! When added to other courses, this is the icing on the cake. Really great to get the viewer into the photo where you want them to see.

  3. Phillip

    Blake is, IMHO, the best post processing teacher on the internet. And while all of his courses are fantastic I think this is the best one yet. The instruction is both valuable and clear. And, it comes with a set of extremely useful actions.

  4. Helge

    Highly recommended! This course is a must if trying to make your images more interesting for the viewer. Just subtle changes are sufficient to direct the viewers eye to the right places and to create amazing pictures out of dull, boring photos. Blake’s in-depth and detailed explanations are clear and easy to understand, supported by many examples and show cases. He also shows how to integrate the introduced techniques and downloadable PS-actions in your personal workflow. Great!

  5. David

    Thank you, Blake. Your passion for discovery and education shines brilliantly in this course. It integrates beautifully with Palette Effects, ZSE6, as well as D&B Pro, all of which have added handsomely to my knowledge of color and tone.

  6. Brian

    Wow! Another fantastic course. I always though color was king. I still believe it’s super important. But after watching Game of Tones, I now realize you really need both to make those next level images.

    As with your tools and all your other courses, this is an excellent value. It’s also ground-breaking in the sense that when you hear the words Tone Theory, you think music or Black and White. Not about how it interplay’s with color. Now to go practice, practice practice.

  7. Rae

    I have learned so much from your training over the years, but this course is the pièce de résistance. Not only do you provide incredible clarity and detail on the subject of toning, but you generously create actions that save us precious editing time and then include them in the course package. I am so excited to use this knowledge and the tools, I feel it was the missing piece in my editing skills…Thank you!

  8. Paul (verified owner)

    This course is a teaches how to precisley predict just how the tones in your image will affect how your viewer reads your image. The course helps you to direct just where the viewer looks and how thier eyes move around the frame. The actions provided were very helpful in my workflow and I’m using them almost every time I edit an image.

  9. KENNETH (verified owner)

    thank you revision education is much required and this is an excellent way to do that and it brings back lost methods thank you love all your panels helps me a lot keep safe

  10. CHRISTOPHER (verified owner)

    There is one word for this – WOW. Another great tool to have in my tool chest. I can think of many photos I have that will benefit from applying these concepts. Thanks Blake!!!!

  11. BruceBTurner (verified owner)

    Good technical content, explanations and examples.

  12. Stephen (verified owner)

    Every product or course I’ve ever purchased at f.64 Academy Elite and in particular, the Game of Tones actions program with included educational videos have been exceptional! Blake’s love for the craft, his extensive knowledge plus his gifted ability to teach it to others makes a tremendous difference in grasping any and all of this extremely useful and game changing subject matter. It will be the best $29 you have ever spent and it will still be worth it when the price doubles. Jump on it now while at this great rate!

  13. Connie Gill-Straubhaa (verified owner)

  14. Steve (verified owner)

    Some interesting concepts but your excitement / commitment can occasionally hard to follow, but there again, the PDF extras do help.

  15. MORRIS (verified owner)

    I loved the new way you taught to get great contrast & luminosity. Your sharing of creativity is of great value and help as always.

  16. steven baggett (verified owner)

    Another great tool for your box. A good step in the direction of “learning everything that you can” journey. A lot of information at a modest price.

  17. charles (verified owner)

    Think for my needs you hit it out of the park! Your lesson #6 “Blend Modes for tone” deepened my understanding of tricking the minds eye as to color change that really does not happen! Brilliant presentation for learning the concept!

  18. Richard (verified owner)

    A little too advanced for me – I did get a lot from it, but many of the things covered were so fine tuned I couldn’t see the difference – but I still am happy with what I learned

  19. Juan (verified owner)

    I have been using PS for about 9+ years now and I am always amazed at how much I learn about PS and photography in general from Blake Rudis. I consider Blake the finest photography instructor on the internet. The Games of Tones course is worth every penny and even more. This course will expand your creative horizons as Blake explains step-by-step the processes encompassed in the use of tones. I recently used what I learned from this course on a photograph of mine and I could not believe the difference it made; it was a vast improvement from previous versions. I strongly recommend the Games of Tones to anyone–think of it as an investment because it truly will pay dividends in your photography. Thank you Blake!!

  20. Jeff (verified owner)

  21. John William (verified owner)

    Extremely useful tool which makes my post processing much more streamlined and professional – gives a 3 dimensional effect and makes the images pop

  22. vartkes (verified owner)

    I am a “deep dive” user of Zone Express and Palette Effects. I really appreciated how Blake brings together a philosophy of managing tones with the tools to realize them in Game of Tones. In addition there are some new tools like Tone Sculpting that is worth the price of the course. Also learning how to use the capabilities of the Color Range and its limitations and drawback is very useful to me. As usual Blake delivers a ton of learning at a modest price. Combine this the Linear Light Blend Mode course and the Dodge & Burn Advanced course and you will end up with a much higher level of appreciation and application in post exposure image development. Thank you Blake!

  23. bernard (verified owner)

    Provide theory and tools

  24. Scott (verified owner)

    I finally get tones. Thanks Blake!

  25. charles denis simard (verified owner)

    as usual practical and efficient tools, I no longer make Photoshop actions thanks to you Blake

  26. Ian Marriner (verified owner)

    Excellent coverage of managing and enhancing tones. I would have liked some more worked examples at the end I also am not a big fan of photoshop D&B tools and wonder if you can do similar outcomes painting with a black and white brush? I will experiment.

  27. Richard (verified owner)

    Great insight on a workflow!

  28. Sinjon (verified owner)

    Another well done deep dive into PS.

  29. Malo Salo (verified owner)

  30. Edward (verified owner)

    Makes adjusting tones so much easier

  31. Antony (verified owner)

    Hi Blake, my only negatives are try to slow down your speech and to not repeat yourself so much.

  32. Fu Shan (verified owner)

    Very useful and professional!

  33. Cormac (verified owner)

  34. Claude Serquet (verified owner)

    Really good in all aspects, content is very interesting.

  35. Steve (verified owner)

    Totally lifted quality of images way beyond expectations

  36. Tony Cowen (verified owner)

  37. Linda (verified owner)

    A very thorough look at tones and how important they are to processing an outstanding photo. Good job Blake!

  38. Charles Fleischman (verified owner)

    Like everything else that is worthwhile, it takes some study and practice to really appreciate how this has helps me to shape my images, focus attention on what I consider the significant part of my images and prepare for the next phase, color. Thanks for producing this.

  39. Betty-Lou (verified owner)

    I just love all of the courses. They are always giving you something else to learn, even if you are knowlegdeable in Photoshop. It’s a new way of looking at your own images.

  40. Claudio (verified owner)

    Clear and thorough. Bravo Blake

  41. Felix (verified owner)

    Unbelievable! I incorporated “Game of Tone” in my workflow, you have to see it for yourself.

  42. Gianni (verified owner)

    I already knew the quality of Blake Rudis’ courses, but I think Blake surpassed himself in this case. Only after following the first theoretical lessons and applying what I learned to my photographs did I get fantastic results. This course has greatly influenced and changed my workflow and, in my opinion, has taken me to the next level. Thanks Blake.

  43. Bradley (verified owner)

    WOW! WOW! WOW! I have purchased several of Blake’s training courses and while all have helped me to understand more about processing my images This is the icing on the cake. I now look at my images in a different light and can see how ‘The Game of Tones’ will help me become a better Photographer. Thank you, Blake for your commitment to experimenting in Photoshop and willingness to pass on that information in a clear and well compiled presentation is appreciated.

  44. Marji (verified owner)

    As with all f.64 Academy courses, very impressive and informative. Easy to follow and understand. If you want to want to learn next level Photoshop skills, f.64 Academy is the place.

  45. Donald Baird (verified owner)

    Your lesson 7 on luminosity masks has completely changed my workflow. I switched back to Bridge/ACR/Photoshop workflow from ON1 Photo Raw. The one thing I missed the most from ON1 was the one-click luminosity masking. I often use the HSL adjustment layer as a clipping mask on one of the luminosity masks to get the color I want.

  46. Ray (verified owner)

    Awesome

  47. John (verified owner)

    Using these techniques has already added depth and interest to my images.

  48. Olafur (verified owner)

    Lots and lots of knowledge in this that works well for me. Would definitely recommend Game of Tones. I have always received good and useful information from your videos. Thank you.

  49. Anne (verified owner)

    Another amazing course! Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better! There is so much information in this course (as in all of his courses) that I know I will keep going back to it, and each time get a new appreciation for what I’m learning. I am always in awe of how it expands my knowledge and exposes me to new processes. Thanks!

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  53. Ed Dahlin (verified owner)

  54. Vincent (verified owner)

    This was great, Blake. I wrote down all the steps and loaded the actions and use this as a guide for all my shots now. And the Navigation Map is a great way to see where the user’s eye will focus. Thanks, as always!
    Vinny C.

  55. Richard Hudnall (verified owner)

    Good Moring Blake,
    Your Game of Tones is well done and I have been using it on a few images with great results, just need to do 95 more. Your live view yesterday was a very good review, thank you.
    Dick Hudnall

  56. Glen (verified owner)

    Really great course and actions. Will take some time to learn how to use it.

  57. David (verified owner)

    I am a PhotoArtist but in order to maximise that genre I need an excellent photo first. I use several of Blake’s “systems” but have to say Game of Tones is pretty splendid and brings together the best aspects of his various programs. A real investment that pays back on your first use!

  58. Pamela F. (verified owner)

    I am half way through Game of Tones content. What I’ve learned from Blake has added light logic to this art photography brain. Absolutely recommend the product!

  59. Stan (verified owner)

    I never rate at the highest, it allows us to strive harder.

  60. John (verified owner)

    Another great course. I am still experimenting with the many possibilities your creativity contributes to my post-processing. This course will fill my days with interesting experimentation.

  61. noel Kelly (verified owner)

    I have picked up more understanding of tones . great course

  62. Alyson (verified owner)

    As always a great course. The Tone heat map and tone navigation maps has given me a great place to start in planning my work flow. They also help me to decide whether a photo is worth working on. Something I struggle with often wasting time.

  63. Robyn (verified owner)

    I’m always up for buying one of Blake’s courses. He’s such an awesome teacher.

  64. Fulin (verified owner)

    An amazing course that provides me a thorough understanding of tones and colours in photo-editing and photography. Blake had again impressed me with simple explanation on the theory of tones with wonderful illustrations and actions. The topic on tone sculpting is something new to me, and I must say that it is fascinating. Thank you very much for sharing your invaluable knowledge with everyone. Keep it up, Blake.

  65. Mikael (verified owner)

    Great as always and your teaching is superb ….

  66. Susana (verified owner)

  67. Bruce (verified owner)

    Still working with it, but enjoying it immensely!

  68. Horace Hamilton (verified owner)

    Excellent content. Challenging given my expertise but still of great value.

  69. Andrew-Oliver (verified owner)

  70. HARRY O. (verified owner)

    This course opened my eyes to a new way of evaluating and editing my images. It has 11 videos that set forth the concepts and methods to get viewers to look at and become involved with my images, and an action group that provides many of the tools needed to perform this. i have show the tools and an image or two I edited with them to several of my friends, who were equally impressed.

  71. Anonymous (verified owner)

    I am taking a competitive images course where the first lesson was on understanding color and tonal impact. My instructor directed me to the video on Game of Tones and I subsequently bought the course. I love using the tone map and heat map to help me edit images. I waver back and forth between your approach to luminosity masking vs using the Greg Benz luminosity masking panel.

    I found the actions extremely helpful and work my way systematically through them when image editing. After going through the course a second time, I then went to your u tube site and looked at other videos on gradient map etc

    I found the comments on getting it right in camera particularly useful. Also, in image capture, I look at a scene and analyze the tonal contrast.

    A month ago, I did a lesson on monochrome, and would always apply the action to color correct and image and then would apply the action to intensify using the selective color adjustment. I am not certain, if I should continue this workflow: 1. color correct; 2) adjust color with the selective color adjustment layer; and 3) then step by step going through the Tone Map adjustments.

    Perhaps, you could add a section to the course on color correction or make reference to your color correction video.

    JPS

  72. Nicolo (verified owner)

    Very proud to have bought this course. Easy to follow and easy to put into practice. Actions that following are useful, easy to use, not big effort. I think going deep down on a topic for each segment of photography it worths more than buying the big bundle and passing hours on screen. So this course helped me to have another point of view, a different one, more detailed.

  73. vartkes (verified owner)

    I learnt a great deal. Put together really well.

  74. William (verified owner)

    Nice leisurely pace through the subjects. Easy to follow. I tried some dodging/burning with some old photos and saw definite enhancement. I still think a companion text would be a plus. I am happy with the course. You are fun to watch and I appreciate your sense of humor.

  75. victor (verified owner)

    I enjoy your insight into the workings of tone and colour, but I use On1 2021 and Elements 15 so much of the techniques (especially Adjustment with Opacity AND Fill sliders) are not directly transmissable. However You have taunght me the value of applying Lumionosity masks with more sensitivity (multiple masks each for different tonal ranges) and a better understanding of blend modes. Perhaps some supplementary information on using Elements would help those of us that find PS a bit over whelming. However I appreciate that your primary focus is on heavy duty PS users.
    My one criticism is that you often rush a bit when showing the effect of different layers. You know it so well that you feel obliged not to risk boring your audience. Not so.

  76. Frances (verified owner)

    As usual Blake you have done an amazing job on your class Game of Tones. I have been working hard since the class and have re-edited images three images. I have many of your courses and as always learn so much. Thank you a lot.

  77. Susan (verified owner)

    Genius to come up with this, much needed for the basis of editing.

  78. Stephen (verified owner)

    Really enjoyed this course presented and explained in an easy to understand manor, great course.

  79. Ralf (verified owner)

    Helpful package!

  80. Rolf (verified owner)

    For the low price, this is good value for the money. The included macros make it easy to evaluate the tones of an image and the suggested technics make it rather easy to correct the tones in order to draw the observer’s attention to the point(s) of interest. I recommend Game of Tones!

  81. BJ (verified owner)

    I’ve been a fan of Blake’s for many years and have learned so much from him. This latest course is marvelous! Really helped me pull together how editing using tones can take my final images up about three notches. Well done, Blake, and thank you.

  82. Al (verified owner)

    The Game of Tones is typical “Blake Rudis”. The lessons are presented in a logical fashion, with a down-to-earth approach to learning. In addition, the provided work-along documents are perfect. Not to misconstrue the primary value of this product, for me, the veiled learning is the fact Blake presents a method of taking an image and raising it to an art form. Reflection on the learning presents a challenge to expand your creativity by using creating/complimenting your own style. The possibilities are endless. Thanks Blake, your artistic insights and advice are always first rate!

  83. Sigurdur Fjalar (verified owner)

    Very practical.

  84. Larry Buckley (verified owner)

    Education was good as usual, actions are very useful and convenient to use.

  85. Gunther Frensch (verified owner)

  86. Eric (verified owner)

    Another excellent tool. With Zone Express and Palette Effects. It will take me a while to work out what type of photos requires which tool. There is a bit of overlap between the tools.

  87. Josep (verified owner)

    Spectacular..!
    It’s not easy for me because of language problems.
    But it is simply spectacular, I think it is the way to take work and creation to the most artistic that I would never have thought that my photography would take me, and I will get it thanks to this way of understanding and applying knowledge to photography.
    Thank you” master ” Blake

  88. Ken (verified owner)

    Blake has done it again with an easy to understand approach to tone control for images plus some really cool actions to help the process.

  89. Peter (verified owner)

    Now I really understand tones. Thanks. Super Product

  90. Kathy (verified owner)

    This is certainly a game changer for me. I was in a bit of a rut with my editing and this course certainly gives my photos that extra pop. Thank-you!

  91. Danny (verified owner)

    It changes the way I look when taking photos.

  92. George (verified owner)

    Game Changer – took some photos that i thought were well processed and by using only one thing from this course brought those photos to the next level. The webinar to review and answer questions on the course was worth the price of the course by itself. Well done Balke

  93. Ron (verified owner)

    Good course, good content, excellent teacher

  94. Dirk (verified owner)

    VERY GOOD!!!!!!!! EASY TO USE VIDEO TRAINING 1111111111110%

  95. Russell Welch (verified owner)

  96. Tom (verified owner)

    The course is awesome as usual !!!

  97. Lauri (verified owner)

    Clear presentation, easy to understand. Top notch.

  98. Myron (verified owner)

    The descriptions and techniques are excellent, and the group of actions is extremely helpful. The only downside is that if you are not fairly well educated about PS you will find it hard to remember a lot of what whizzes by, even if you’re stopping frequently to check out PS for yourself.

    It would help if there were a hyperlinked index for specific processes so they would be easier to find and review if/when your memory goes blank.

    Although it may be something each individual has to do for herself, it would help if there were a printable cheat sheet for each technique, listing the steps, functions, and adjustments involved. Once again, this is a memory aid.

  99. Geoff (verified owner)

    Excellent content that has already improved my post-processing after just a couple of weeks.

  100. Walter Schmid (verified owner)

  101. Ken (verified owner)

    Once again Blake has produced a fantastically useful product to enhance our end production using my own artistic skills. Teaching skills are excellent, as always.

  102. Lisa Delp (verified owner)

    I have only done the course through video 7 – Luminosity masks and Blend if – . That video itself was worth the price. Learning to use selective color to create tone masks, and the simplicity of it – game changer! thank you! I am looking forward to the remaining videos to learn from.

  103. Wayne (verified owner)

    I have been using Photoshop to edit my photographs for a number of years. This “Game of Tones” course taught me how to use familiar tools in a different way so as to better enhance and showcase my final product. Blake allowed me to see my photo in a different way than what I was used to. I now can use light, color and tone adjustments in a more creative way. I am very pleased with my results.

  104. Alan (verified owner)

    Very informative and a great method.

  105. Sebastian (verified owner)

    To be honest, I was a little sceptical about “G.O.T”, it means Game of Tones obviously. But not long after, I was “swooned” by your clear explanation and the awesome actions you’ve provided, thanks Blake. By just applying the Tone Sculpting Actions onto my finished images which I did previously have already “tightened” the highlights and shadows, and has helped to draw the eyes to where I want them to go. I am very delighted to have taken this course. And in fact, it has changed my editing workflow, if you know what I mean. Blake…, you GOT it man!

  106. Annale van Schijndel (verified owner)

    Your course explains the importance of tonal values brilliantly and in a way that one can make the knowledge one’s own. Used to do oil painting and “you cannot see the light without the dark” from painting classes are just as true in photography.

  107. Don (verified owner)

    this is the course that turned the light on for me and tones!… Not only did it give me a better understanding but also help me improve my workflow ….. As blake always Sya’s tone, Color, and Effects …..

  108. Frans (verified owner)

  109. Ian (verified owner)

    great to get your tones correct, much better edits now

  110. Douglas (verified owner)

    Blake does an excellent job as an educator (not a ‘cookbook trainer’) and covers the topic logically, understandably, and with advice for usefulness.

  111. P. (verified owner)

    This is inspiring. Thank you for your great work

  112. terrydav (verified owner)

    It’s obvious that a lot of work went in to this great tutorial – very informative and tremendous value for money.

  113. Chris B. (verified owner)

    Can easily go too far – but that’s down to you, not the software

  114. Peter V. (verified owner)

  115. Margaret (verified owner)

    I was thrilled with what I was able to accomplish with this course, even my old images were given a new life with the Game of Tones. Blake’s teaching in this course was excellent and easy to follow. It is well worth buying. I think it is my favourite course so far.

  116. David (verified owner)

  117. Larry (verified owner)

    I am on my 3rd. go at this one. Quite a deep dive. This gives me a completely different perspective on using tone to lead/guide the viewer. I think I am learning to be more selective and thoughtful about how I process my images. One thing, where did you get that University of Delaware Football t-shirt? You wore it in the Lesson 1 intro. video. I am in Newark, DE and claim the U of D as my Alma Mater–one of them at least. Did you attend? Thanks for asking for feedback. I am also working through your B&W course. Wow, I just turned an image of some flowers into a B&W masterpiece:).

  118. Rebecah (verified owner)

    Amazing as usual!

  119. Sanford (verified owner)

    Best product I ever purchased. Slightly above my skill level, but yet found it very informative. Really appreciate the follow up with live event replay.

  120. Peter (verified owner)

    Very good, learned a lot!

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