One of the easiest ways to color grade your artwork is to use the Color Profiles included with Camera Raw in Photoshop CC. In addition to color correcting profiles, Adobe has also included some Creative Color Profiles. Using them is a fun and easy way to instantly change the look of your images!
Read on to find out what Color Profiles are, and how to use them!
What are color profiles?
Color Profiles are presets that modify the color and contrast in your images. They are accessible through the Camera Raw interface.
Camera Raw, in case you’re not familiar with it, is an amazing part of Photoshop that we’ve included in our list of favorite plugins for artists, and also on our list of Photoshop plugins you already have!
Using Color Profiles is super easy an offers a quick way to modify the overall color look of your images. They are very similar to LUTs, also available in Photoshop.
How to access Color Profiles in Camera Raw
To access the Color Profiles, first open up Camera Raw: Photoshop > Filter > Camera Raw Filter.
Next, navigate to the Color Profiles Tab as shown below. Your interface may look slightly different depending on what version of CC you are using, but the Profile drop-down and icon should be visible on any version. The icon is a square divided into four squares, and with a magnifying glass.
How to use Color Profiles
It is amazingly easy to use Color Profiles. As you hover your cursor over each thumbnail you’ll see the full effect in the preview window. If you want to apply a Color Profile, just click the thumbnail and you’re set!
You can also adjust the opacity slider if you want decrease or increase the effect!
45 profiles included with Photoshop CC!
Photoshop includes 45 Creative Color Profiles divided into 28 Color options and 17 B&W options. This gives you plenty of options to play with and you may find some that you want to mark as favorites for future use.
Add 100 more color profiles for Camera Raw for FREE!
For a limited time we’re offering a free collection of 100 Color Profiles that you can import into Camera Raw. They’ll appear as additional Profiles and won’t interfere with your existing 45 Color Profiles.
Add 100 Color Profiles to Camera Raw – FREE Download!
Grab this bundle of 100 amazing Color Profiles, perfect for instantly transforming the colors in your artwork!
You’ll find amazing Full Color and B&W Profiles in this totally free collection. Access them right inside Camera Raw!
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Our collection of 100 Free Color Profiles for Camera Raw is split into 30 monochrome and 70 full color options. It’s super easy to install them, and we’ll send you installation directions right along with your download link.
Installing Color Profiles
Getting new Color Profiles into Camera Raw is really easy. First, you download the zip files available above. Make sure you remember where the downloaded file is located on your computer!
Next, just right click inside the Color Profiles area of Camera Raw and select “Import Profiles & Presets”.
Don’t worry about remembering the installation instructions. We’ll send a more thorough set of instructions after you download our 100 Free Color Profiles above.
Enjoy your new Color Profiles and let us know in the comments if you enjoy using them!