Color Correction in Lightroom
Illustration by Richard Downs

Making creative adjustments


Color Correction in Lightroom

with Taz Tally

Video: Making creative adjustments

In this movie, I'd like to talk about making creative adjustments to images. There we go, and then let's separate those from the rest of the group.
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  1. 2m 20s
    1. Welcome
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 40s
  2. 7m 18s
    1. Overview of color correction tools in Lightroom
      4m 17s
    2. Using virtual copies for color-adjustment variations
      3m 1s
  3. 10m 40s
    1. Setting up the interface for color adjustments
      4m 33s
    2. Setting up the color tools
      1m 45s
    3. Using Lightroom's soft proofing
      4m 22s
  4. 29m 9s
    1. Understanding how the histogram displays tone
      7m 51s
    2. Understanding how the histogram displays color
      4m 35s
    3. Identifying color casts with histograms and the Info tool
      6m 54s
    4. Measuring skin tones
      5m 50s
    5. Using target-based measurements
      3m 59s
  5. 51m 54s
    1. Understanding the interaction of Lightroom's histogram and tone panels
      8m 27s
    2. Adjusting color balance with the Temperature and Tint tools
      5m 51s
    3. Avoiding highlight and shadow clipping
      6m 58s
    4. Adjusting color balance using the Info tool and the Tone panel
      8m 19s
    5. Using Lightroom's automated adjustment tools
      5m 42s
    6. Adjusting overall brightness and contrast
      6m 21s
    7. Using targets for color correction
      4m 0s
    8. Challenge: Evaluating and correcting color
      1m 2s
    9. Solution: Evaluating and correcting color
      5m 14s
  6. 1h 8m
    1. Evaluating and correcting critical highlights, shadows, and contrast areas in landscapes
      7m 28s
    2. Working with near neutrals and images with no neutrals
      6m 42s
    3. Correcting skin tones in a portrait
      5m 37s
    4. Correcting a faded image
      7m 54s
    5. Adding pop to product images
      7m 58s
    6. Making curve-based color correction adjustments
      7m 40s
    7. Color correcting product shots
      7m 12s
    8. Making creative adjustments
      5m 45s
    9. Automating adjustments
      4m 34s
    10. Challenge: Identifying and correcting a color cast
      1m 2s
    11. Solution: Identifying and correcting a color cast
      6m 54s
  7. 1m 26s
    1. Next steps
      1m 26s

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Watch the Online Video Course Color Correction in Lightroom
2h 55m Advanced May 30, 2014

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Lightroom is a great choice for color correction. In this course, photographer and educator Taz Tally details the concepts, tools, and techniques behind correcting and enhancing color in Lightroom. Learn to evaluate the color in an image with the Develop module tools, Lightroom's histograms, and (crucially) your own eyes. Then discover how to use the color correction tools to balance and tone adjust an image, using tried and true techniques like neutralization and color ratios. Taz then takes you through a variety of color correction scenarios, from improving landscapes, fixing skin tones, and recovering faded images to making product shots pop, removing color casts, and making creative color adjustments.

Topics include:
  • Setting up Lightroom for color correction
  • Identifying color cast
  • Measuring skin tones
  • Adjusting color balance
  • Adjusting overall brightness and contrast
  • Using targets for color correction
  • Using histograms, the Info panel, and Curves
  • Making creative adjustments
  • Automating color correction
Taz Tally

Making creative adjustments

In this movie, I'd like to talk about making creative adjustments to images. So far in this course we've focused on doing you know, color corrections, fixing colors that are, perhaps wrong, like skin tones that are just wrong color balance and people don't look natural. Or making white highlights white when they're suppose to be, or giving product photography punch and making sure that the whites are white and the blacks are blacks. Well, we can also use these same skills for creative purposes as well. And in this exercise, I'm going to use a variety of different tools that we've used throughout this course.

So, I would suggest that you kind of go through the rest of the course and then come back to this. Otherwise, why I'm choosing the tools and how they actually work. Will make a lot more sense if you've gone through some of the training. So, with that said, let's go ahead and dive in. We're going to use this landscape image. And, let's go ahead and assign a, two stars to that. Pressing 2, and let's make a virtual copy. There we go, and then let's separate those from the rest of the group. There we go. And let's work on the copy.

Press D to go to the Develop Module. And this is a photograph taken on the edge of Kachemak Bay. Well, of course, the first thing we're going to want to do here is, we're going to want to fix our horizon line, aren't we? So let's do that. Remember, always do the dimensional adjustments first. And hit the Enter key. There we go. And then let's do a little eval on this image. And see that alright, we've got some tonal data that we're missing here from the highlight to the quarter tone. Looks like we may have a few filled-in blacks here.

Yup. Because when you press that J key, remember, you can turn on the clipping. And when the clipping is active, these little triangles come up saying, yeah, we do have some blown-out shadow areas. And there they are right there. Not too bad, but they are there. Alright, so we could overall brighten this image if we want to, depending upon the tone and the mood that we want to set. We also see, very clearly that there is a red, orange, or yellow color cast here. And when we move our Eyedropper tool over the white snow, red 75, green 69 or 70.

And then blue 63. So sure what we've got is a sunset color cast. And we can decide if we want to keep that or not. It's completely up to us, as to what we want to do. Alright, so let's just make a few adjustments here. I'm going to use my Eyedropper tool here to help out. I'm just going to make some, neutralization adjustment there. And notice depending upon where I click in this image I'm going to get different results. So if I click to neutralize that, the image becomes much, much bluer. If, on the other hand, I click here on the foreground on a rock that I think should be neutral and neutralize the rock, I get a much warmer image.

Back to more like the original. And let's double click on, white balance to go back to the very original. So this is the original, which is very warm. We click on here, to make it far bluer. We can click on here, to make kind of an intermediate version. And, after we get the overall color balance we like, and I'm doing it the easy way, right? I'm just neutralizing various portions of my image to create different effects. Then I can take my whites, and I can pull my whites over here, until they start to blow out, right? I can take my Eyedropper tool and make sure that nothing is above 95%.

I can also neutralize the whites if I want to, using my temperature tool. Then some other things we could try, we can go to our Tone tool here. And remember with the Tone tool, you can access the individual channels, by clicking on this little icon down there with the curve in the, little Control tab, and that gives you access to all of your individual channels. So we can adjust overall color cast here, on this image. I'm making it bluer or redder by just clicking on the mid tone. But what might be even more interesting is, what if we want to make the foreground a little redder and the background a little bluer? Well, we can just take our control point, here, and I can click here, and activate this tool.

And I can see where I am on this whole spectrum. Most of this is right down here in the three quarter tone shadow. So I can just get it somewhere near the mid tone of that, right at the three quarter tone. And then there's click and drag and pull that down, to decrease the amount of red, or increase the amount of red. So I could cool off the foreground, or warm up the foreground if I want to. That's pretty interesting. So, let's try this one. Let's warm up the foreground, and then I'm going to move back up here.

And, notice where the, the control point is, and then I'm going to cool off the background. So I've really made my foreground much warmer and my background much cooler. So, let's go back to our Grid view at this point. And I'm going to make another virtual copy of this one. And, and we'll take that to the Develop Module. And notice this has exactly the same controls, that have already been applied, the adjustments. Or in this case, let's reverse things. Let's cool off the foreground, and warm up the background.

So you get the complete opposite effect. And let's go back to the Grid mode. And then we can click on both of these images. Press the C key to compare, so we can compare our versions of the images. Alright here was warm and cool and here cool and warm. So you get the idea of what you can use and how very useful these virtual copies are in applying changes. You can make a virtual copy of the original image. And then, you can make virtual copies of your virtual copies. And, you're not actually duplicating your images. You're just duplicating the previews to which you're applying these adjustments inside of Lightroom.

So, lots of creative variations you have. All the tools that we've used throughout the course, you can apply to images on multiple, virtual copies of them. So, have at it. Have some creative fun.

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