Photoshop for Designers: Color
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Photoshop for Designers: Color

with Nigel French

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Video: Colors on screen and on paper

Here is a picture I recently took of the sunset. It was an amazing sunset. You had to be there and that's the key point, you had to be there, this picture does not capture it. And in the same way as the picture does not capture the event, when I print this on paper, the paper version is not going to capture the vividness of the colors and saturation that I currently see on screen. So why is that? Part of the reason is that, when we look at colors on screen, we are looking at RGB colors, the colors of light. So when we print, we have to print with ink or pigment, we can't print with light, so that colors are converted.
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  1. 1m 41s
    1. Welcome
      1m 0s
    2. Using the exercise files
      41s
  2. 25m 26s
    1. Defining color terms
      2m 38s
    2. Understanding the color wheel
      4m 3s
    3. Understanding color relationships
      1m 7s
    4. Using Kuler to understand color harmony rules and create color palettes
      4m 2s
    5. Using the Kuler web site
      3m 10s
    6. Colors on screen and on paper
      1m 42s
    7. Color as a signifier
      3m 14s
    8. Color inspirations
      2m 39s
    9. Color and accessibility
      2m 51s
  3. 38m 22s
    1. Demystifying the Color Picker
      2m 57s
    2. Understanding the role of foreground and background colors
      5m 39s
    3. Choosing colors
      6m 41s
    4. Managing swatches
      7m 40s
    5. Transparency
      9m 42s
    6. Color channels
      5m 43s
  4. 40m 42s
    1. Understanding additive and subtractive color
      2m 57s
    2. RGB mode
      1m 56s
    3. CMYK mode
      2m 41s
    4. Lab mode
      3m 49s
    5. Indexed mode
      2m 16s
    6. Grayscale mode
      5m 0s
    7. Color management
      13m 53s
    8. Color depth (8-, 16-, 24-, and 32-bit)
      4m 19s
    9. Monitor calibration
      3m 51s
  5. 26m 43s
    1. Evaluating color with the Histogram panel
      3m 18s
    2. Evaluating color with the Info panel
      1m 48s
    3. Boosting color with levels
      3m 48s
    4. Auto Tone and Auto Contrast
      7m 38s
    5. Manually setting the black and white point
      3m 50s
    6. Curves
      6m 21s
  6. 18m 31s
    1. What is color correction?
      5m 45s
    2. White balancing in Camera Raw
      1m 47s
    3. Color correction with color balance
      1m 34s
    4. Color balancing using photo filters
      1m 26s
    5. Color correction with variations
      4m 27s
    6. Color correction by the numbers
      3m 32s
  7. 33m 16s
    1. Selecting color with the Magic Wand
      4m 43s
    2. Selecting color with the Quick Selection tool
      2m 26s
    3. Selecting color with Color Range
      4m 1s
    4. Neutralizing whites with the Multiply blend mode
      2m 55s
    5. Neutralizing blacks with the Screen blend mode
      57s
    6. Masking colors with the Blend If sliders
      2m 54s
    7. Masking hair with a channel mask and removing contaminant colors
      2m 58s
    8. Shifting targeted colors using Hue/Saturation
      5m 5s
    9. Matching colors using Hue/Saturation
      3m 16s
    10. Matching colors using the Match Color command
      1m 36s
    11. Matching colors using the Color blend modes
      2m 25s
  8. 21m 10s
    1. Saturating colors
      4m 10s
    2. Desaturating colors
      1m 57s
    3. Desaturating in Camera Raw
      3m 1s
    4. Creating a color accent with selective saturation
      2m 38s
    5. Enhancing a sunrise with a gradient map
      5m 49s
    6. Increasing vibrance
      1m 20s
    7. Using selective color
      2m 15s
  9. 32m 44s
    1. Designing with spot colors
      12m 16s
    2. Adding a fifth color to a CMYK image
      5m 0s
    3. Adding spot colors to a grayscale image
      5m 25s
    4. Create a metallic print effect
      3m 8s
    5. Creating duotones, tritones, and quadtones
      6m 55s
  10. 30m 45s
    1. Creating a silkscreen print look with a limited color palette
      7m 59s
    2. Combining color with black and white
      2m 22s
    3. Creating a nostalgic travel poster using the Cut Out filter
      6m 27s
    4. Mapping an image to a color look up table (CLUT)
      7m 56s
    5. Converting to black and white
      6m 1s
  11. 48m 33s
    1. Creating a hand-tinted portrait (the easy way)
      3m 29s
    2. Creating a hand-tinted portrait (the harder way)
      11m 23s
    3. Creating an Andy Warhol look
      4m 44s
    4. Applying a gradient map
      4m 4s
    5. Sepia toning an image
      8m 41s
    6. Color tinting an image
      5m 15s
    7. Split toning an image
      2m 9s
    8. Working with line art
      8m 48s
  12. 23s
    1. Goodbye
      23s

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Watch the Online Video Course Photoshop for Designers: Color
5h 18m Intermediate Jan 04, 2012

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In this Photoshop for Designers course, Nigel French focuses on the tools and features in Photoshop designed for choosing, applying, and editing color. The course looks at concepts such as the color wheel and color harmonies as well as the practicalities of using the Color Picker, leveraging the power of color channels, and the characteristics of different color modes in Photoshop. The course includes exercises on correcting color, enhancing color, shifting and replacing colors, working with spot color channels, hand coloring black and white images, and designing with a reduced color palette.

Topics include:
  • Defining color terms
  • Using Kuler to create color palettes
  • Understanding additive and subtractive color
  • Understanding color management
  • Using the Levels, Curves, Auto Tone, and Auto Contrast adjustments
  • Color correction
  • Selecting color—from the Magic Wand to Color Range
  • Neutralizing blacks and whites with blend modes
  • Matching colors
  • Saturating and de-saturating colors
  • Increasing saturation with Vibrance
  • Designing with spot color
  • Colorizing images
Subject:
Design
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Nigel French

Colors on screen and on paper

Here is a picture I recently took of the sunset. It was an amazing sunset. You had to be there and that's the key point, you had to be there, this picture does not capture it. And in the same way as the picture does not capture the event, when I print this on paper, the paper version is not going to capture the vividness of the colors and saturation that I currently see on screen. So why is that? Part of the reason is that, when we look at colors on screen, we are looking at RGB colors, the colors of light. So when we print, we have to print with ink or pigment, we can't print with light, so that colors are converted.

Even though, we might print them as an RGB image to our desktop inkjet printer, they are still being converted to ink colors. And there are fewer ink colors than there are colors of light. So some colors are lost. That's part of the problem. The other part of the problem is that when we're looking at ink on paper, the light is refracted from the paper. It's bouncing around all over the place. We don't know what sort of lighting conditions we're working with. We don't know what sort of paper stock we're printing on. There are a tremendous number of variables.

So, to most certain extent, it's a question of recalibrating our expectations. Things are never going to look quite as good in print, as they do on screen. But that doesn't mean we have to settle for bad looking prints. So as long as we are using a color managed workflow, and I'll be addressing that topic in an upcoming movie, then we should be able to make sure that our color is consistent, from screen to print. Of course, the type of printer that we are printing on, and the quality of paper that we're working with have a massive impact on the quality of the print that we get.

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