Color Correction and Enhancement with Adobe Photoshop by Michelle Perkins

By Michelle Perkins

Facing the main generic imaging software program out there, Adobe Photoshop, this e-book offers step by step guide for fixing all types of colour difficulties, from minor imbalances to significant colour shifts. Photographers the way to overview their electronic photos by way of taking a look at highlights and shadows, comparing total distinction, picking out troublesome areas, and identifying total colour casts. integrated are fixes for universal difficulties similar to restoring the colour and distinction to light or yellowed prints; removing the colour shifts that end result from capturing below fluorescent, incandescent, and combined lighting fixtures; and reproducing dermis tones appropriately and flatteringly.

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740 I0 W: H: Info palette reading for sample 2 When you move the Eyedropper over a very dark area of your image (see sample area 1, above), you'll see that Info palette shows low RGB values. As you'll recall from chapter 4, this is because RGB is a subtractive color model, meaning that the absence of all colors yields blackso the lower the RGB values, the darker the color. Under CMYK in the Info palette, the numbers are quite high. This is because CMYK is an additive color model, meaning that the presence of all colors yields black (refer to page 20 for more on this).

Image Preflight The natural tendency when beginning to color correct an image is to open it and start pressing buttons, clicking and dragging, etc. Doing this, however, is sort of like taking a picture without bothering to compose it-only once in a blue moon will you happen to achieve the best results. ) As with most things, developing a good plan of action before diving into an activity will minimize frustration and enhance success. Therefore, when you scan or open an image and notice that it needs to be color corrected (or if you open it because it needs color help), you'll need to figure out exacdy what the problem is.

O GRADIENT MAP The Gradient Map command (Image>Adjustments>Gradient Map) uses a preexisting gradient to map color data over the equivalent grayscale range of your image. The dark tones in your image will be replaced by the color at one end of the gradient, while the light tones will be replaced by the color at the other end. The midtones will be replaced by the gradations in between. To apply the effect, you simply select a gradient from the pull-down menu in the Gradient Map dialog box (the default setting is a gradient from the current foreground color to the current background color), and watch what happens.

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