Teal and Orange Affinity Photo Channel Mixer Tutorial
The following tutorial shows you how to create the popular teal and orange look using the Channel Mixer in Affinity Photo.
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The teal and orange look is extremely popular, being used in movies, TV programmes, photographs of all genres and countless other media platforms.
Teal and orange works because we naturally recognise a healthy skin glow as being a pink-orange colour. The opposite colour to orange, on the colour wheel, is teal. Opposite colours on the colour wheel tend to complement each other.
There are two basic methods for creating the teal and orange look, and different scenes will work better with one or the other, or a mixture of both.
The first method is based on luminance/brightness. The darker colours are made more teal/blue and the lighter colours are made more orange. With this method, the darker objects in the scene become more teal, and the brighter objects in the scene become more orange.
The second method is to shift the colours within a certain distance of teal towards teal, and the colours within a certain distance of orange towards orange. The advantage of this method is that the it makes objects looks more teal/orange irrespective of how bright they are, and so the effect looks more natural.
There are also mixtures of these methods, such as in movies where the skin tones are selected based on luminance, and then made more orange. The rest of the scene is made more teal/blue.
This tutorial demonstrates the second method. Click here for a tutorial for the first method.
You can also learn this technique by watching our YouTube video below, or directly on YouTube.
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Open a picture in Affinity Photo. Click the adjustments icon.
Select Channel Mixer from the list.
The Channel Mixer dialog will appear. Select Blue on the channel dropdown menu (the large dropdown menu).
Now we are going to type the magic numbers which give us the teal and orange effect. Select red channel text box, which is next to the red slider. Enter the value -50 (minus 50).
Select the green channel text box. Enter the value 150. You can also enter +150, which may help you remember values.
Select the blue channel text box. Enter the value 0.
If you'd like to reduce the effect, you can use the opacity slider. Click the little triangle next to the box at the bottom right of the Channel Mixer dialog.
Adjust the effect to your liking. With this image, we think the effect looks best at 75%.
You have now successfully applied the Teal and Orange effect using the Affinity Photo channel mixer. Now let's take a look at saving the effect as a preset, so we can use it later. On the Channel Mixer dialog, click the Add Preset button.
The Add Adjustment Preset dialog will appear. In the Name text box, type a name for the preset, such as "Teal and Orange Channel Mixer". Click OK
To use the preset, open an image, and then click the Adjustment tab.
Scroll down to, and select, Channel Mixer.
Select the Teal and Orange adjustment preset we created earlier. The Teal and Orange effect will instantly take place.
Switch to the blue channel using the channel dropdown menu.
On this panel you can see the values we entered earlier. Adjusting the offset slider can have some interesting effects. You might like to try it with your image!
Congratulations, you have completed the Teal and Orange Affinity Photo Channel Mixer tutorial!