See how to easily create the incredibly popular cinematic Teal & Orange style effect and then take it one step further with a bonus tip!

Teal & Orange Lightroom Preset

The Orange & Teal look has been pretty popular for some time and stems from the very common colour grading used in a lot of Hollywood movies. 

What it effectively does is change the tones in the image to give a much more teal look to the sky or water and warms up the orange / red tones in the image giving a stylised effect to your image.  

You can easily combine this effect with the popular tone curve to crush the blacks, giving an effect you’ll see a lot on photo sharing apps like Instagram.

Out of all the looks in this eBook, you’ll find this one of the easiest to pull off and only really requires 2 simple adjustments, but those adjustments will use a panel that isn’t delved into all that often by most Lightroom users. That panel is the Camera Calibration panel.

Now, you may think that the Camera Calibration panel is only really used to modify your raw camera files or compensate for deficiencies in your cameras colour profile. While that may be true, you can also use it to get some pretty cool colour effect in your images.

Anyway, enough waffling; let’s get on with creating the Orange & Teal look!


Teal & Orange Lightroom Preset

Orange & Teal with the Camera Calibration Panel

The first thing we’re going to do is adjust the Blue Primary Hue slider all the way to the left (-100) to achieve the Teal shift in our blues. 

As you can see in our sample image, the sky and the water have all taken on a much more Teal colour compared to their initial colour. This is exactly what we want to happen, and as mentioned in the beginning of this tutorial, the effect is not really about realism, but more about getting a distinct stylized look.

Orange & Teal

Next up, we’ll grab the Red Primary Hue slider and move that over to the right to around +50 to shift the red colours in the image over to the Orange.

Now these colour alterations are not arbitrary. You can, of course, try adjusting the values based upon the image you are editing to see if you get a combination you feel works better. But, as a starting point, these values work really well.

That’s pretty much it – Easy huh?

Bonus Adjustment

As mentioned in the opening section of this guide, if you wanted to take this effect one step further, you could use the Tone Curve panel to crush the blacks in the image. 

To do that, simply add a couple of additional points to your image where the squares intersect your tone line and grab the bottom left point (this is the black point information in your image) and drag that up to around half way in the first square (see image 4). 

This will ensure that black in your image is no longer solid black, but more of a dark grey colour. This is what they mean by ‘crushing your blacks. It is literally making the black in an image less black and more dark grey.

Teal & Orange Lightroom Preset

Try experimenting with this technique in a variety of images to see how the colour shifts effect the different components. Try it will some images that include trees and grass to see how the colour shifts affect those components.