Use Classical Paintings as Photo Filters Using Photoshop’s Match Color Tool

Did you know that you can use Photoshop’s Match Color feature to turn old paintings into “filters” for your images? James Delaney of Unfocused Brain explains,

Adjusting your photographs to get the color ‘just right’ can be a chore. Think about this: The Old Masters of painting spent years of their lives learning about color. Why let all their effort go to waste on the walls of some museum when it could be used to give you a hand with color correction?

Simply load both your photo and the painting (or whatever image you’d like) into Photoshop. Make sure your photos is the active window, and then go to Image->Adjustments->Match Color. Select the painting as your source, and tweak the sliders to suit your taste. Whenever you find a painting you like, keep them in a directory to slowly build up a collection of “filters”. You can also mimic the look of different films by using film photos as the source!

Improve your photography with classical art [Unfocused Brain]

  • Dmitri

    Very interesting. Although it seems that this technique is more like a “fix-all” button, which could do great, unless you have got something particular in your mind.

  • timo musgrove

    havent used lightroom enough. but is this feature in lightroom?

  • Sally Wiener Grotta

    Very cool tip. Sharing.

  • Daniel Hoherd

    No, but theoretically it could be implemented as a plugin.  That would be ƒ awesome because, honestly, for photography Photoshop severely limits your ability to correct exposure and color at each destructive step.