This Color Wheels add on for Photoshop lets you color correct and grade photos as easily as video
Colour wheels in applications like Premiere Pro and DaVinci Resolve are an absolute blessing when it comes to both colour correcting or colour grading video. It’s a feature that I’ve wished image editing applications like Photoshop had for years. Now, finally, a new Colour Wheels plugin from the folks at Retouching Toolkit gives them to you!
Colour wheels really are the most intuitive way to correct or alter your colour and are way faster than trying to do it directly with something like a curves adjustment layer. Of course, the curves adjustment layer is the best way to adjust the colour in an image, so that’s what the colour wheels talk to.
All of the adjustments made to the colour wheels are performed in real-time, so when you change a point on a wheel, your image updates instantly. You don’t have to drag it, let go and then wait for it to update your image.
You have access to both RGB colour wheels and a “color harmony painters wheel” mode. You get access to the more usual Shadows/Midtones/Highlights wheels as well as Gamma/Lift/Gain. There’s also a custom mode where you can manually set the number of wheels and curve points yourself if you want to do something a little different.
If you already own the basic Retouching Toolkit package, the Colour Wheels addon costs $59. Or it’s included for free with the “M” or higher Retouching Toolkit packages. But if you do this for a living, or just value your time, it’ll pay for itself very quickly. Retouching Toolkit requires Photoshop CC2015.5 or later.
You can find out more about the Colour Wheels addon over on the Retouching Toolkit website.
John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.