The orange & teal look is one of most trending looks today. You see it on Instagram, Hollywood movies, and everywhere in between. Here’s how to create the look using Adobe Lightroom!

How to create the orange teal filter using Adobe Lightroom. It's so easy!

I’m about to introduce you to the Camera Calibration tool in Adobe Lightroom. If you haven’t heard about it yet, get ready for your mind to be blown 💥 Let’s get started!

1. Open Adobe Lightroom

How to create the orange teal filter using Adobe Lightroom. It's so easy!

  • The Camera Calibration tool was released in 2010 so as long as your version of Lightroom was released on or after 2010, you’re good! But at least 2012 is better 👍

2. open the develop module

How to create the orange teal filter using Adobe Lightroom. It's so easy!

  • After you select your photo, press D to open the Develop Module
  • Finish your basic edits like crop, white balance, exposure, contrast, saturation, etc.
  • Scroll all the way down to see the Camera Calibration tool (in photo)

3.  Turn your red hues to orange and your Blue Hues to Teal

How to create the orange teal filter using Adobe Lightroom. It's so easy!

  • Increase Red Primary Hue to +50
    • This makes the red hue orange
  • Decrease Blue Primary Hue to -50
    • This makes the blue hue cyan (or teal, whatever you like to call it)
  • These settings are good starting points to see how your photo looks like. Then you adjust and play with the sliders until you get something you like. I usually don’t touch the Green Primary slider.

4. scroll up to the HSL / Color / B&w tab (in photo)

How to create the orange teal filter using Adobe Lightroom. It's so easy!

  • Select ‘Color’ from ‘HSL / Color / B & W’
  • Select ‘All’ to open all your colors
  • This tool allows you to make changes to specific colors in your image

5. Makes changes to specific colors (IF needed)

How to create the orange teal filter using Adobe Lightroom. It's so easy!

  • This is especially great if you lose certain colors from the Camera Calibration tool and want to bring it back or if you want to emphasize a color and make it even more saturated
  • Play with the sliders until you reach something that you like
  • Because every image is different, your settings will be different than mine

That’s it! You’re done!

Here are Before & After photos, all using the same technique:

How to create the orange teal filter using Adobe Lightroom. It's so easy!
This technique works great with blue skies. The more blue hues you have in your photo, the better this technique will work. It also works AMAZING with sunrise/sunset photos!
How to create the orange teal filter using Adobe Lightroom. It's so easy!
The skin tones are much more vibrant in the After photo. I look like an Oompa Loompa but everything else in the photo is vibrant so it balances out. Plus my orange skin against the blue sky and water makes me stand out much more.
How to create the orange teal filter using Adobe Lightroom. It's so easy!
What works even better is if your image already has warm and cool colors in it. It’ll create a stronger push and pull between orange and teal.
How to create the orange teal filter using Adobe Lightroom. It's so easy!
Aside from landscape and lifestyle images, this technique works great on food too!

If you use the same technique on all your images, you’ll have consistent images for your Instagram grid!

How to create the orange teal filter using Adobe Lightroom. It's so easy!


What is the camera calibration tool and what does it do?

Your camera uses a certain color profile on your images and the Camera Calibration tool helps Lightroom interpret your images to make sure the colors are the same as what you set in your camera. Every pixel on your photo is a mix of red, green, and blue. Some pixels will have more of one color than the other. What Camera Calibration does is change the hue for each color, changing the entire image, but doing it in a way that looks realistic without going overboard.

5 Reasons the Camera Calibration Technique looks so good

  • It makes colors much more vibrant while keeping the skin tones realistic
  • It makes the cool colors much cooler, and warm colors much warmer
  • Which creates a push and pull on your eyes between contrasting colors which “activates” your brain like “Ooo, what is this I’m looking at?”
  • Cool colors (i.e. sky, oceans) naturally recede and warm colors (skin) are pulled forward
  • So with all of the above reasons, you, as a subject, stand out even more!

And that’s how to create the orange & teal filter using Adobe Lightroom! I hope this was useful to you! I can’t believe I only found out about this trick recently. I’ve been using Adobe Lightroom since 2008 and never knew what Camera Calibration was until now 😂 I’ve also been trying to recreate the orange & teal look but was doing it the hard way (color by color!). Now get your creative juices flowing by creating your signature Instagram filter with Camera Calibration! Was this post useful to you? Comment below to let me know and I’ll keep making more of these posts!

These photos were taken at Peppercorn Beach Resort in Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam. Thank you so much to the Peppercorn team for being the sweetest, most hospitable & most genuine people! (Not sponsored, I just really love that place! ❤️)

Stay tuned for my next post, “Minimal Outfit Packing for a Short 5 Day Vacation By Urban Girl’s Closet”

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    • Jojo Reply

      You’re welcome Amanda! I’m glad this was useful to you!

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