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Correcting color pt. 3: Fine-tuning

From: Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Desktop Printing Techniques

Video: Correcting color pt. 3: Fine-tuning

So now that we have this image pretty close to neutral, how do we then finish it off? Because one of the things that you may have noticed is that our numbers aren't quite right. Now, our number 2 point here on the button, I'm not going to really worry about, again, because its reflective, we are seeing quite a bit of color in there, but I'm going to worry about these two numbers: number 1 and number 3. Now, number 3, there is still quite a bit of blue in this area or these tones of the shirt. How can I then fix that? I want to create yet another Curves adjustment. So I'll click on the Adjustment Layer icon, I'll navigate up to Curves. Now that I'm up in Curves what I'm going to do is I'm going to navigate to the Blue-Yellow Channel. I'll then grab the Target Adjustment tool. I'll hover over this area of the image, and I'm going to click and drag it down, because I want to bring this number down.

Correcting color pt. 3: Fine-tuning

So now that we have this image pretty close to neutral, how do we then finish it off? Because one of the things that you may have noticed is that our numbers aren't quite right. Now, our number 2 point here on the button, I'm not going to really worry about, again, because its reflective, we are seeing quite a bit of color in there, but I'm going to worry about these two numbers: number 1 and number 3. Now, number 3, there is still quite a bit of blue in this area or these tones of the shirt. How can I then fix that? I want to create yet another Curves adjustment. So I'll click on the Adjustment Layer icon, I'll navigate up to Curves. Now that I'm up in Curves what I'm going to do is I'm going to navigate to the Blue-Yellow Channel. I'll then grab the Target Adjustment tool. I'll hover over this area of the image, and I'm going to click and drag it down, because I want to bring this number down.

Now, these numbers are a little bit closer here. We can see that I'm bringing these numbers down a bit. Now, I don't like how it affected the brighter tones. So I'm going go ahead and click and drag the top part of the curve back up, so it's a little bit more normal. Well, so far so good, except we now see that the blue is a little bit low down here. So let's go ahead and grab the Target Adjustment tool, hover over this area, and here we are going to go ahead and click and drag up. So we are going to bring back some of that color. So what we did is we were able to localize a correction to a real specific area in this photograph. Here is our before and if we zoom in on the shirt, we should see the shift here, our before and then our after. Well, that's looking a little bit better.

Then we have this red to deal with up top. Well, let's go to our Red Cyan Channel. So in our Red Cyan Channel we will continue to use this tool, where we can click on the image and change the values, and here what we are going to do is click and drag up. Now when I do that, I have a little bit better color in the shirt. These are a little bit closer to neutral. I want to hold down the Shift key and move this around to see how this is looking. Now when I do that, I realize I went a little bit too far. So I'm going to go ahead and click on that point and drag down just a touch, and again, I don't need to have these perfect, but I do want them to be a little bit closer.

Now, at the top we have a little bit of a higher number up there in my darker shadow, so again, I can use this particular tool and click and drag down, and just look to try to equalize those numbers just a touch there. Now, do they have to be exactly the same? Do they have to be all 13 or all 40? Well, no, not at all. We will go ahead and zoom out for a moment though and take a look at our correction. So here is our before and then after. Now, well, I think that correction is a little bit better. We want to Shift-click and move these points around and just see how the colors are doing.

One of things that I'm noticing is that my red is just a little bit too high there. So I'll go ahead and click on this point and drag that down a bit. I'm going to go ahead and be a little bit satisfied with the touch lower red there. So part of color correcting is going to be quite a bit of give and take. It's going to be sampling a point, moving it, modifying your curves, and so on. I think the color in this image is looking a ton better. Let's take a look at our before and after. Here is before and then here is our after. Now, that final little adjustment there that we made in this movie so far wasn't significant touch.

Now, at this juncture though one of the things that I'm noticing is now that this image is color correct, we have a little bit too much in the red, in the face, and I want to neutralize the tones in the face a bit. I want to enhance this image. I want to make a subjective adjustment. Right now we have just been working objectively to try to get correct color. Well, what about getting interesting color? Well, we will talk about that in the next movie.

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  1. 4m 20s
    1. Welcome
      3m 23s
    2. Using the exercise files
      57s
  2. 12m 3s
    1. Introducing color management
      2m 32s
    2. Creating a neutral work environment
      2m 49s
    3. Calibrating your monitor
      3m 54s
    4. Calibration demo
      2m 48s
  3. 31m 39s
    1. Correcting color pt. 1: Determining the white and black points
      2m 27s
    2. Correcting color pt. 2: Using curves
      4m 15s
    3. Correcting color pt. 3: Fine-tuning
      3m 14s
    4. Correcting color pt. 4: Adding finishing touches
      4m 35s
    5. Color-correcting an outdoor portrait with curves
      2m 41s
    6. Color-correcting skin tone by the numbers
      2m 36s
    7. Applying skin tone color correction by the numbers
      3m 52s
    8. Correcting reflected color
      2m 25s
    9. Color-correcting a studio fashion portrait
      3m 18s
    10. Color-correcting skin in a natural light portrait
      2m 16s
  4. 40m 52s
    1. Camera Raw input sharpening
      4m 14s
    2. Sharpening with Camera Raw
      2m 28s
    3. Introducing Smart Sharpen
      4m 57s
    4. Sharpening pt. 1: Using Smart Filters
      3m 15s
    5. Sharpening pt: 2: Using Smart Sharpen
      6m 5s
    6. Sharpening and blend modes
      2m 46s
    7. Using Unsharp Mask
      5m 41s
    8. Using High Pass to sharpen
      6m 0s
    9. Adding texture and effects with High Pass
      5m 26s
  5. 19m 25s
    1. Business card resources
      4m 11s
    2. Using a business card template
      1m 22s
    3. Designing the front of a business card
      5m 7s
    4. Designing the back of a business card
      5m 17s
    5. Repurposing a business card for others
      1m 26s
    6. Business card examples
      2m 2s
  6. 32m 11s
    1. Typography resources sites
      3m 32s
    2. Tips and shortcuts for working with type
      4m 7s
    3. Promo card inspiration and resources
      3m 26s
    4. Using a template to build a promo
      2m 19s
    5. Customizing the template
      5m 1s
    6. Building a grid-based promo card
      7m 29s
    7. Resources for creating a photo book
      3m 22s
    8. Photo book examples
      2m 55s
  7. 53m 53s
    1. Creating a PDF layout with the Output module
      6m 35s
    2. Creating a layout pt. 1: Using the Output module to create a rough layout
      3m 24s
    3. Creating a layout pt. 2: Customizing a PDF layout in Photoshop
      5m 1s
    4. Creating a three-image layout in Photoshop
      2m 50s
    5. Creating a grid photo montage
      5m 23s
    6. Building a creative layout pt. 1
      4m 24s
    7. Building a creative layout pt. 2
      8m 6s
    8. Multiple-image layout pt. 1: Using Bridge and Photoshop
      3m 59s
    9. Multiple-image layout pt. 2: Masking and resizing photos
      6m 19s
    10. Multiple-image layout pt. 3: Finalizing the layout
      2m 39s
    11. Multiple-image layout pt. 4: Color and sharpening
      5m 13s
  8. 13m 34s
    1. Printer recommendations
      2m 47s
    2. Paper recommendations
      1m 50s
    3. Paper resources
      3m 27s
    4. Printing recommendations overview
      5m 30s
  9. 15m 46s
    1. Color management refresher
      1m 53s
    2. Finding sample files online for test printing
      3m 0s
    3. Soft-proofing with paper profiles
      1m 49s
    4. Soft-proofing to correct an image
      2m 52s
    5. Setting white and black points based on the test print
      6m 12s
  10. 34m 0s
    1. Starting with Camera Raw
      3m 3s
    2. Resizing in Photoshop
      5m 9s
    3. Setting the white and black points
      2m 17s
    4. Checking skin tone
      3m 48s
    5. Sharpening with Smart Sharpen
      3m 55s
    6. Making soft proof corrections
      2m 54s
    7. Introducing the Photoshop Print dialog
      2m 44s
    8. Color management and the Photoshop Print dialog
      3m 32s
    9. Final Print dialog settings
      2m 33s
    10. The final print
      4m 5s
  11. 23m 7s
    1. Setting up a test strip print
      2m 32s
    2. Modifying the test strip print
      5m 30s
    3. Understanding rendering intents
      2m 20s
    4. Test-printing rendering intents
      2m 35s
    5. Batch-processing with actions
      5m 50s
    6. The image processor
      4m 20s
  12. 23m 55s
    1. Overview and intro
      4m 45s
    2. Using a promo card template
      2m 47s
    3. Converting to CMYK
      7m 36s
    4. Field trip to a printing press
      8m 47s
  13. 6m 36s
    1. Resource sites
      2m 0s
    2. What's next
      2m 51s
    3. Goodbye
      1m 45s

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