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In Photoshop CS6 for Photographers, author, photographer, and teacher Chris Orwig explores Photoshop from the perspective of the photographer.
The course details the features and techniques behind enhancing and retouching photos, preparing them for print and online publishing, and much more. Chris demonstrates how to make basic edits in Camera Raw, develop and save color profiles, work with layers and selections, tone and sharpen, and retouch images while retaining their natural character.
Chris also shares some creative tips and project ideas, such as converting a photo to black-and-white and enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks. The course also covers workflow details, such as organizing images in Bridge and Mini Bridge, optimizing Photoshop preferences, and calibrating your monitor.
In digital photography color is sometimes kind of tricky, sometimes what will happen is due to our camera settings or perhaps some mistake that we've made we'll open up an image and we'll see that the color isn't correct in Photoshop. Like with this photograph here we can see there's some sort of our red or maybe magenta shift. Well how can we fix this image? We're going to take a look at how we can fix our photographs in regards to color by using the Eyedroppers which are located in the Levels and the Curves Adjustments. Let's start off with Levels.
We'll go ahead and click on the Levels icon right here. You'll notice that on the left we have three eyedroppers. The black and the white eyedropper allow us to set our black point and our white point and also to color correct. We'll talk about those a little bit later. For now I want to focus in on our Midtone eyedropper. If you select that you can then hover over your image. If you know there's something that should be neutral in your image perhaps like this gray T-shirt here or maybe the black snowshoe, you can then click on that and it will color correct or remove that color cast from your photograph.
Let's take a look at one more photograph and also how we can do the same thing with curves. Here we'll look at this picture which is a portrait of two of my good friends and I like their expressions, it's really warm. But I noticed or I think I noticed there is some sort of a color shift. Again, we can go to Curves. Here we will click on the Curves icon in order to open up curves and we're going to work with the Midtone Eyedropper. Yet before we do that I want to highlight something that can help you out as you seek to color correct your photographs.
If we select the Eyedropper from the tools panel what you can do is you can hold down the Shift key and click on something that you think should be neutral. In this case, I'm Shift+Clicking on the jacket. I'm doing this to set a point here; in my Info panel I can then evaluate that point, what it's showing me is my Red is 50, my Green is 57, and my Blue is 67. So I have some sort of a blue shift. If this was neutral I would have equal amounts of Red, Green, and Blue.
So again, this little eyedropper point that we added by Shift+Clicking that just a way to measure color in our image. Well I remember that that jacket was black because I was there. So I want to use that point in order to color correct my photograph. So let's now go back to our Properties panel and let's select our Midtone Eyedropper for our Curves adjustment. Here we'll go ahead and click on this area, and as we do that we'll notice that the image is now color correct. Take a look at the before and after.
Here's before and then now here's after. It looks much more warm, the jacket looks neutral, the face or the skin tone looks great. And if we go into the Info panel what we'll see is that these numbers are now much more close together. Equal amounts of red, green and blue, equal neutrality, and so by clicking on that area in the jacket we now have successfully color corrected this photograph.
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