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Adjusting Color settings


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Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training

with Jan Kabili

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Color management can be a difficult subject, but fortunately Photoshop Elements attempts to simplify color management so that it's as easy as possible to deal with. I would like to talk for a minute about color management and how it works in Elements. First of all, what is the problem that color management attempts to solve, you have probably had the experience of working with a photo on your computer either in Elements or another digital imaging program and the colors looked great. But when you printed the photo or when you put it up on a website, maybe the colors just didn't look exactly the same as they had when you were working on it on your screen.
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  1. 9m 23s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. What is Photoshop Elements?
      6m 59s
    3. Using the example files
      1m 30s
  2. 22m 34s
    1. Understanding the Organizer's catalog system
      3m 17s
    2. Getting photos from files and folders
      5m 41s
    3. Getting photos from a digital camera
      7m 27s
    4. Getting photos from offline media
      3m 7s
    5. Getting photos from a scanner
      3m 2s
  3. 35m 0s
    1. Touring the Organizer interface
      5m 30s
    2. Viewing photos
      2m 19s
    3. Selecting photos
      1m 52s
    4. Rotating photos
      2m 7s
    5. Renaming photos
      1m 57s
    6. Fixing photo dates
      1m 56s
    7. Hiding and deleting photos
      4m 50s
    8. Stacking photos
      7m 33s
    9. Moving files
      4m 1s
    10. Backing up
      2m 55s
  4. 31m 50s
    1. Tagging photos
      8m 38s
    2. Finding photos by tags
      3m 57s
    3. Tagging face photos
      3m 1s
    4. Using albums and Smart Albums
      7m 43s
    5. Finding photos with Text Search
      3m 34s
    6. Finding photos from the Find menu
      2m 57s
    7. Finding photos in the Timeline
      2m 0s
  5. 16m 27s
    1. Reviewing photos in Full Screen view
      5m 28s
    2. Comparing photos
      4m 9s
    3. Using Date view
      2m 54s
    4. Using Map view
      3m 56s
  6. 33m 3s
    1. Automatically fixing photos in the Organizer
      7m 58s
    2. Semi-automatically fixing photos with Quick Fix
      10m 39s
    3. Using the Guided Edit mode
      4m 33s
    4. Fixing group shots automatically
      3m 44s
    5. Removing stray content with the Scene Cleaner
      6m 9s
  7. 57m 41s
    1. Touring the Full Edit interface
      4m 46s
    2. Opening a file
      2m 6s
    3. Creating a blank file
      4m 36s
    4. Using tools
      8m 5s
    5. Setting Edit preferences
      4m 31s
    6. Adjusting Color settings
      5m 18s
    7. Using the Undo History command
      3m 48s
    8. Zooming and navigating
      6m 7s
    9. Resizing photos and adjusting resolution
      8m 23s
    10. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 24s
    11. Saving files
      6m 37s
  8. 13m 36s
    1. Understanding layers
      4m 38s
    2. Working in the Layers palette
      4m 4s
    3. Using layer masks
      4m 54s
  9. 17m 50s
    1. Understanding selections
      1m 15s
    2. Manual selection tools
      6m 20s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      6m 25s
    4. Modifying and saving selections
      3m 50s
  10. 40m 53s
    1. Straightening and cropping
      2m 46s
    2. Using the Shadow/Highlight adjustment
      2m 41s
    3. Adjusting with Levels
      5m 0s
    4. Adjusting with Hue/Saturation
      3m 14s
    5. Using Color Curves
      4m 44s
    6. Removing a color cast
      4m 9s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 20s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      2m 47s
    9. Sharpening photos
      6m 27s
    10. Editing raw photos
      6m 45s
  11. 25m 21s
    1. Using the new Smart Brush tool
      5m 50s
    2. Using the Smart Brush Detail tool
      3m 13s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 58s
    4. Healing wrinkles and blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content
      2m 9s
    6. Using the Red Eye tool
      1m 11s
    7. Using the Whiten Teeth tool
      1m 48s
    8. Using the Blue Skies Tool
      1m 28s
    9. Using the Black/White tool
      1m 13s
    10. Converting color to black and white
      2m 40s
  12. 22m 10s
    1. Applying filters
      6m 21s
    2. Applying effects
      3m 53s
    3. Using layer styles
      5m 13s
    4. Using shapes
      4m 49s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      1m 54s
  13. 7m 34s
    1. Creating text
      4m 6s
    2. Editing text
      1m 58s
    3. Warping text
      1m 30s
  14. 38m 38s
    1. Making a photo book
      10m 0s
    2. Making a photo collage
      8m 10s
    3. Creating a slideshow
      10m 11s
    4. Making a panorama
      3m 50s
    5. Preparing images for the web
      4m 6s
    6. Using automated actions
      2m 21s
  15. 9m 50s
    1. Using email and Photo Mail
      4m 42s
    2. Printing your photos
      2m 55s
    3. Using Quick Share
      2m 13s
  16. 19m 17s
    1. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      3m 33s
    2. Viewing and sharing your photos online
      6m 0s
    3. Backing up and synchronizing albums online
      6m 28s
    4. Accessing ongoing inspiration from Adobe.com
      3m 16s
  17. 36s
    1. Goodbye
      36s

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Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training
6h 41m Beginner Sep 26, 2008

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Photoshop Elements 7 is packed with features to help amateur photographers with every stage of digital photo processing, from getting organized to sharing projects with family and friends. In Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows Essential Training, Jan Kabili shares workflow techniques for organizing, editing, creating projects, and sharing. She also demonstrates how to enhance photos with this budget-friendly software. Jan explains the latest updates to the Organizer and Editor workspaces, and also covers new features like the Smart Brush tool and Photoshop.com integration. Elements is very well known for its project features, and Jan shows how to create books, collages, panoramas, and more. Example files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Getting photos from a camera, scanner, or files
  • Organizing and finding photos with tags, albums, and Smart Collections
  • Using automatic and guided edit tools for common fixes
  • Mastering Full Edit mode for refining, retouching, and photo editing
  • Adding special effects and text
  • Sharing and backing up images on Photoshop.com
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop Elements Elements
Author:
Jan Kabili

Adjusting Color settings

Color management can be a difficult subject, but fortunately Photoshop Elements attempts to simplify color management so that it's as easy as possible to deal with. I would like to talk for a minute about color management and how it works in Elements. First of all, what is the problem that color management attempts to solve, you have probably had the experience of working with a photo on your computer either in Elements or another digital imaging program and the colors looked great. But when you printed the photo or when you put it up on a website, maybe the colors just didn't look exactly the same as they had when you were working on it on your screen.

The reason is that colors are really just numerical values, which have to be interpreted to become colors that we can see. Every device that you use in your digital life has a unique way of translating color values into visible colors. Your camera, your monitor, your printer, your scanner, all interpret colors in different ways, so that's the problem. The solution is that manufacturers of these kinds of devices got together and came up with a system of color management with the goal of trying to create consistency among colors, so that the colors you see in a photo when you are editing it in Photoshop Elements will look as close as possible to the colors you might see when you print that photo or when you upload it to the web or send to someone by email or you are showing it to other people on a computer screen.

This color management system in a nutshell involves adding tiny pieces of information to every photo. Those pieces of information are called color profiles that describe the way you want colors to be interpreted by devices in you digital workflow. Now, how does Photoshop Elements deal with color management? The first stop in handling color management in Elements is the Color Settings dialog box. You will open that by going in the Editor to the Edit menu at the top of the screen and choosing Color Settings.

It's worth taking the time to read through this narrative to understand the different choices that Elements is offering you. In this dialog box, you will get to choose how you are going to manage color in your images. The first choice here, No Color Management, is not the one that I recommend. When you choose No Color Management, then you are allowing Elements to display colors in a file using the idiosyncratic way that your particular monitor displays color and that isn't necessarily the way the colors are going to be displayed anywhere else, on anyone else's monitor or in a print.

Also, when you choose No Color Management, there are no color profiles attached to your photos and so the next device down the line, say your printer, won't know how you expect the colors in the photo to be interpreted. The next choice, Always Optimize Colors for Computer Screens is a good one, particularly if most of the photos you are working on you share with other people online. What this does is keeps the colors that you see on screen within the sRGB color range as it says here. The sRGB color range reflects the way that most computer monitors display color. So again, if you are creating something for the screen like a slideshow of your photos or email attachments or photos that you intend to share online, perhaps on Photoshop.com or on a website, then Always Optimize Colors for Computer Screens is the best color settings choice.

However, if you are someone who usually prints their photos on an inkjet printer say, then the best choice for you is this one, Always Optimize for Printing. This will display your photos based on the colors in the AdobeRGB color space as it says here. The AdobeRGB color space offers the broadest range of colors. So, it works quite well for printed images. The last choice allow me to choose, might sound good, but actually it's going to give you a headache because every time that you open a file that does not contain a color profile, Elements is going to ask you what you want to do and that means you constantly have to make a color management choice.

So again, choose either Always Optimize Colors for Computer Screens, if you share photos primarily on the web by email or by showing slideshows from your computer. Choose Always Optimize for Printing if you most often print your photos on your desktop inkjet printer and when you are done making that choice, click OK. Now what you see on your screen in Elements is most likely to match the colors or your output photos. There are two other pieces to color management and those come into play when you save an image and when you print an image. We will talk about those in our lessons on printing and saving in this course.

One more thing, if you really want your color settings to do their job, you have to calibrate your monitor. That means set it to its standard settings and generate a profile for your monitor which describes how your particular monitor interprets color. The way to do that is to purchase and use a hardware calibrator, which you can buy from a number of different third party manufacturers. I urge you to do this, but even if you don't, please do choose the correct color settings for your favorite output.

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