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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training

Adjusting color settings


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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training

with Jan Kabili

Video: Adjusting color settings

You may have had the experience of working with a photograph on your computer, either in Elements or another digital imaging program, and the colors look great. But then when you print the photo or when you upload it to a website, the colors in a photo don't look exactly the same as they did when you were working on it on your computer. The reason is that colors are really just numerical values, which have to be interpreted to become colors that you and I can see. Every digital device that you use, be it your camera, your monitor and computer, your printer or your scanner has a unique way of translating color values into visible colors.
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  1. 10m 20s
    1. Welcome
      1m 13s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 35s
    3. Launching the Welcome screen
      3m 12s
    4. Touring Elements
      4m 20s
  2. 29m 45s
    1. Working with catalogs
      3m 16s
    2. Getting photos from your hard drive
      2m 49s
    3. Changing thumbnail display options
      4m 35s
    4. Getting photos from a camera or card
      9m 43s
    5. Getting photos from a CD/DVD or an external drive
      4m 46s
    6. Getting photos from a scanner
      4m 36s
  3. 43m 15s
    1. Touring the Organizer interface
      5m 44s
    2. Viewing photos
      5m 11s
    3. Selecting photos
      2m 58s
    4. Rotating photos
      2m 39s
    5. Renaming photos
      2m 7s
    6. Fixing photo dates
      2m 0s
    7. Hiding and deleting photos
      5m 24s
    8. Stacking photos
      8m 9s
    9. Moving files
      4m 43s
    10. Backing up catalogs
      4m 20s
  4. 52m 4s
    1. Applying keyword tags
      8m 33s
    2. Finding photos by keyword tags
      3m 41s
    3. Finding photos with the Keyword Tag Cloud
      1m 56s
    4. Applying Smart Tags
      4m 29s
    5. Automatically tagging people in photos
      7m 54s
    6. Applying star ratings
      2m 48s
    7. Organizing photos in albums
      4m 10s
    8. Organizing photos in Smart Albums
      6m 44s
    9. Finding photos with Text Search
      4m 31s
    10. Finding photos from the Find menu
      5m 10s
    11. Finding photos in the Timeline
      2m 8s
  5. 29m 18s
    1. Working with photos in Full Screen view
      11m 12s
    2. Viewing slideshows in Full Screen view
      4m 10s
    3. Comparing photos
      5m 22s
    4. Using Date View
      3m 41s
    5. Mapping photos
      4m 53s
  6. 56m 46s
    1. Applying Photo Fix options in the Organizer
      8m 22s
    2. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      6m 12s
    3. Applying Quick Fix controls
      11m 10s
    4. Using Quick Fix tools
      11m 2s
    5. Working in Guided Edit in the Editor
      4m 45s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      5m 57s
    7. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      9m 18s
  7. 1h 12m
    1. Touring the Full Edit interface
      5m 5s
    2. Opening files in Full Edit
      2m 13s
    3. Working with tabbed documents
      6m 57s
    4. Using tools
      6m 11s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      4m 22s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 18s
    7. Using Undo History
      5m 56s
    8. Zooming and navigating
      6m 30s
    9. Creating a blank file
      5m 58s
    10. Photo resizing and resolution
      9m 59s
    11. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 8s
    12. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 49s
    13. Saving files
      7m 47s
  8. 17m 36s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 28s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      4m 51s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      9m 17s
  9. 19m 54s
    1. Understanding selections
      2m 27s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 6s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      6m 27s
    4. Modifying and saving selections
      3m 54s
  10. 1h 0m
    1. Cropping and straightening
      3m 49s
    2. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      2m 54s
    3. Applying adjustment layers
      7m 53s
    4. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 12s
    5. Merging multiple exposures
      6m 33s
    6. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      3m 54s
    7. Adjusting with Color Curves
      3m 39s
    8. Removing a color cast
      3m 21s
    9. Correcting skin tone
      2m 34s
    10. Reducing digital noise
      4m 4s
    11. Sharpening photos
      7m 42s
    12. Working with raw photos
      9m 52s
  11. 24m 50s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      7m 52s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      4m 26s
    3. Dodging and burning
      2m 18s
    4. Healing wrinkles and blemishes
      5m 17s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 41s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 16s
  12. 31m 3s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 8s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 16s
    3. Running automated actions
      1m 51s
    4. Using layer styles
      6m 6s
    5. Using shapes
      8m 12s
    6. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      3m 13s
    7. Converting color to black and white
      3m 17s
  13. 9m 29s
    1. Creating text
      5m 8s
    2. Editing text
      2m 59s
    3. Warping text
      1m 22s
  14. 38m 50s
    1. Making a photo book
      8m 26s
    2. Making a photo collage
      9m 0s
    3. Creating a slideshow
      11m 25s
    4. Stitching a photo panorama
      4m 3s
    5. Preparing images for the web
      5m 56s
  15. 33m 54s
    1. Printing photos
      2m 58s
    2. Printing contact sheets and picture packages
      4m 58s
    3. Sending photos by email and Photo Mail
      5m 57s
    4. Burning photos to CD/DVD
      1m 17s
    5. Ordering prints and books
      1m 59s
    6. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      3m 15s
    7. Sharing photos online at Photoshop.com
      7m 40s
    8. Backing up and synchronizing online
      3m 40s
    9. Getting inspiration from Adobe.com
      2m 10s
  16. 26s
    1. Goodbye
      26s

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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training
8h 50m Beginner Sep 23, 2009

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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training highlights the important features of this comprehensive image organization and photo enhancement application. Photographer Jan Kabili shows how to use Photoshop Elements to organize and edit photos, build photos into projects like slideshows and photo books, and share photos with family and friends. Jan explains how to train Photoshop Elements 8 to recognize and tag faces, use the Smart Brush for targeted adjustments, and share photos using Adobe's online service, photoshop.com. She also dives deep into the application's editing tools, which rival those of the full product, Photoshop, in their ability to take snapshots and turn them into great photos. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Finding photos by keywords, tags, and ratings
  • Mapping photos
  • Applying Photomerge Exposure in Guided Edit
  • Adding adjustment layers to correct a photo's tone and color
  • Reducing digital noise in photos
  • Creating a photo slideshow with audio and transitions
  • Preparing photos for the web
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop Elements Elements
Author:
Jan Kabili

Adjusting color settings

You may have had the experience of working with a photograph on your computer, either in Elements or another digital imaging program, and the colors look great. But then when you print the photo or when you upload it to a website, the colors in a photo don't look exactly the same as they did when you were working on it on your computer. The reason is that colors are really just numerical values, which have to be interpreted to become colors that you and I can see. Every digital device that you use, be it your camera, your monitor and computer, your printer or your scanner has a unique way of translating color values into visible colors.

So often you don't get a match between the colors that you see on your computer screen when you're working on an image, and colors that you see when you output the image. Elements tries to make it as easy as possible to achieve consistency of color, and it does so by allowing you to add tiny pieces of information about color to every photograph that you work on in Elements. Those pieces of information are called Color Profiles, and they describe the way that you want colors to be interpreted by other devices in your digital workflow, like your printer.

The first stop in handling color management in Elements is the Color Settings dialog box in the Full Edit workspace in the Editor. I'm going to open that by going to the Edit menu and going down to Color Settings. When you get some time, I suggest that you read through this narrative to understand the different choices that Elements is offering you. But here is my short answer, the first choice here No Color Management is not the one that I recommend. If you choose No Color Management then you're 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 that colors are going to be displayed anywhere else, on someone else's monitor, or in a print.

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, the default Always Optimize Colors for Computer Screens is a good one if most of the photos that you work on, you share with other people online. Either on a website or blog or Facebook or if you're making presentations that you are going to show on a computer screen. This choice keeps the colors in the image within a range of colors known as the sRGB color space as it says here, which is optimal for images that are going be shown on screen or are being shared as e -mail attachments, or that you're going to put on a website.

However if you're someone who usually prints your photos on an inkjet printer then the best choice for you is the next one Always Optimize for Printing. This will display your photos based on the colors in the Adobe RGB color space, as it says here. The Adobe RGB color space offers the broadest range of colors among these choices 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 you open a file that doesn't contain a color profile, Elements will ask you what you want to do, and that means you have to make color management decisions over and over.

So I suggest that you don't go with Allow Me to Choose, but rather use either Optimize Color for Computer Screens if you normally make images to be viewed online or on the computer, or Always Optimize for Printing if you normally are creating images that you print. I'm going to click OK to close the dialog box, and I'll just mention that there are two other pieces to color management in Elements. Those come into play when you save an image, and when you print an image and I'll cover those parts of color management later in the course in lessons on printing and saving.

One last thing if you really want your color settings to do their job, you've to calibrate your monitor. This means that you need to set it to standard settings and generate a profile for your monitor that 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 that but even if you don't calibrate your monitor, please at least choose the correct color settings for your favorite kind of output.

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