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Referencing A:B images

Last Updated on November 1, 2020 by Devaun Lennox

In today’s video I’m going to show you guys my workflow when it comes to a and being in referencing images so that they look more cohesive as a part of a larger set so for me personally I do this specific element of my workflow in Lightroom

You’re welcome to do this in Photoshop or affinity photo we will be doing future videos on doing similar techniques in both of those platforms too to come in a future video so these two right here are photos that were taking in the same set right and this was a part of a larger collection of images that we shot on a certain day and what I’m gonna do right now is kind of show you guys my workflow on a and being in referencing images so once I have one that I think is best suits the mood and the color and the tone and has the overall vibe that I’m looking

for then how do I go about applying those same kind of those kind of adjustments and changes to a second image to make sure that across a series of images they all have the same same overall arching visual feel if you will so I got some coffee here with me today so uh I’ll be having some coffee absolutely alright so let’s hop our hop on over in the light room so here we are this is the image in Lightroom this is coming basically straight out of the editing and the adjustments that I did an affinity photo you’re welcome to watch some the videos on how I did

some of the techniques on this particular image they are on our channel so you can you can you’re welcome to check those out if you’d like to let me kind of clean up the display a little bit here because we don’t need to see some of this information and actually as a matter of fact since we’re just doing a mostly Lightroom I will go in a full-screen as well so what I’m what I’m going to be doing the first thing I noticed when I was looking at and being those images is that there’s a little bit too much saturation in their skin so how do I normally go about fixing this

what I’m doing the first and foremost is I’m looking at so the the color of the skin I’m looking at a saturation I’m looking at the exposure of the background I’m looking at how bright the highlights are how dark are the shadows is the viewers eye focusing on the same areas and both of the image is there a similar level of contrast between both of the images so I already made some adjustments on this so I will I will actually aim B and turn all these off so you can see what I’ve done so far this is the original image and then these are the adjustments I made but those

adjustments that I’ve made have not been good enough so we’re gonna continue doing some of those Justins one of the things that I noticed first and foremost is that there’s too much saturation so I’m going to go into the adjustment layers right here and decrease the saturation across her entire face I’m gonna do it literally with the adjustment tool as opposed to doing it with the actual HS all adjustments but I’m just going to just decrease the saturation I just think there’s just too much saturation so we’re gonna go ahead and we’re gonna decrease some of

that saturation and then kind of see where that gets us so reduce the saturation that was a little bit much so I’m gonna do minus 15 and then so what do I do next I do command option shift E and what I do is I’m exporting the image as a tiff and I’m actually gonna use unique names because I don’t want to overwrite it I’m gonna be doing some more finer adjustments to this image later on outside of this tutorial and then what I do then is I minimize Lightroom and I come back over to our image I’m gonna go in to untitled – tiff and basically what I’m gonna do now

is open this up I’m gonna put it right next to the actual reference image but to minimize this we don’t need this window anymore and then now what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna compare back and forth so this right here is is the workflow process ideally I’d want this on the same white background or I alternatively I’d want this on a gray background so I can focus specifically on the elements in question to make sure they actually look the same but that’s basically what you’re gonna do so once you have these loaded up and you you have both images on the display

ideally if you want maybe three images if you do like that kind of set have a big enough monitor so you can see all of them that would be ideal but I can only showcase two images on my macbook display unfortunately so right now the next thing that I’m seeing okay it’s a little bit too like kind of brown I want to increase the Reds so I go back to the same one right here saturation is good right now I might actually decrease the contrast a little bit as well so we’ll do -10 decrease of contrast and then we’re also going to change a tint and we’re gonna make it a little

bit more on the purplish red side which is gonna be let’s say positive five and we’re gonna make this positive five to make that more yellow can command option shift e and then use well I guess in all reality what I would actually do is overwrite existing I would actually overwrite the existing file and then once you minimize lightroom and you click on this this actual file right here it automatically updates the adjustments that you just made literally just overwrite the file but unfortunately I won’t be doing it that way so we’re just gonna go right here make it the same

size come right here and then now a and B again and this right here is basically my work full so I just want to kind of show you guys that this is how I actually end up getting images especially when I’m delivering them to a set of two a client this is the actual workflow that I used to make sure images across the whole series or the whole catalog or the whole whatever it is they have the same kind of color and the skin they have the same kind of luminosity and the shadows and highlights the background is the same the overall saturation similar so the vibe and

the visual appeal to the image is exactly the same and then this is right here just kind of my workflow so I just go through and I do this probably five six seven eight nine ten times and again I’ll show you just at the forward after what we when we had done I have already kind of done this on this image but this is what I originally started with and I’ll even export this too so you can see what the original was compared to what the adjustments are right now so well we’ll open that right here and then you guys can see that as well so this is the original image biggest

things for me that I’m noticing especially as I let me kind of look around again saturation the background it’s a little bit moodier in this image which is fine but I didn’t want to want it to be that moody so then I made the adjustments and you can see some of those adjustments right here so I increased the exposure of the background I kind of basically what I did is I increased some of the highlights and shadows I reduce some of the brightness down over here I bring I brought up over here and then I changed the saturation a little bit so it’s still a little bit too

saturated I have I wasn’t going nearly as ham as I should have gone on that but and then that right there gets me closer to what I think this set should look like but simple kind of video just a little bit of a workflow thing I don’t know if that’d be valuable for you guys but I kind of figured no one really talks about kind of alien being and reference imaging tracks I mean reference imaging images and making sure that they’re the sets are actually going to be visually if you’re gonna do them as a set that they look pretty much similar it doesn’t necessarily mean

that the colors have to be identical but the the saturation the vibe the luminosity the way the photo feels when you’re looking at it that that should have the same it should evoke the same feeling these are two completely different themes but looking at them you can see that they’re very similar right even though they’re chaton and the makeup is completely different the theme is completely different the the overarching mood between them is a little bit different but visually there’s kind of something that underlines and connects them together so kind of like a

miscellaneous kind of video I don’t know if that helped you guys or not but no one really talks about this so I wanted to make sure we have something on on this specific thing because it’s super important so as always if you have any comments questions concerns or you’d like to see something done on our channel that we have the capability or skill set to showcase and teach to you guys you’re welcome to leave that in the comment description below if you have any comments or feedback as well how we can make improvements let us know outside of that

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Devaun Lennox

I'm a fashion, beauty, and commercial photographer turned impromptu photojournalist. Based in Las Vegas, my images are graphic, bold, and full-on contrast.