Create the Teal and Orange Look in Photoshop With Two Simple Layers

June 9, 2024

Find out how to create the teal and orange look with this easy Photoshop tutorial. You'll learn how to use the channel mixer and hue/saturation to achieve this.

Step 1 - Create a Channel Mixer Adjustment Layer

The biggest mistake people make with teal and orange effect is thinking that it's split toning. It's not. To recreate the real teal and orange effect, you need to shift the colors.

To do this, you'll need to start by simplifying the colors to two channels. In the Adjustments panel (Window > Adjustments), click on the Channel Mixer icon.

Step 2 - Swap the Green and Blue Channels

The Properties panel will appear. Select "Blue" from the Output Channel dropdown menu.

Set the green to 100% and blue to 0%. This essentially swaps your blue channel with the green channel.

As you can see in the image, we're already very close to the final teal/orange effect.

Step 3 - Add a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer

Switch back to the Adjustments panel and click on the Hue/Saturation icon. This adjustment will let us shift the reds towards orange.

Step 4 - Shift the Reds

Select Reds from the dropdown menu.

Set the Hue to +20. Don't exceed this for portraits because it will make skin tones look yellow.

Final Results

Here's how the image looks like before and after.

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