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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.
Now that this image has been resized and sharpened, we are ready to work on the color. Now the first thing that we want to do in regards to color, is navigate to our Edit pulldown menu and choose Convert to Profile. We actually need to convert this to the profile of sRGB. You can find that in this list here. It's one at the bottom of the Adobe RGB, Apple, ColorMatch, ProPhoto, there it is. Now we don't need to flatten the image because it is a smart object. I'll click OK, now I have successfully converted that to sRGB. Now I shouldn't see a big change when I do that. Some of you may be thinking why convert to sRGB? Why not use one of the larger color spaces? Well here is the trick, it's going to go there either way, you will have to go there first in order for you to be able to get accurate color.
All right, well the next thing that I like to do is to navigate to my Image pulldown menu and choose Duplicate the image, and let me show you why. We are going to go ahead and change our view here, when you do a two up view here, so we have the view side by side. Here is the original file, here is the copy. Let me click in the original file, and in this original file I'm going to navigate to my View pulldown menu. I'm going to choose Proof Setup and then select Monitor RGB. Now if you select Monitor RGB, it will then turn on that proof. You can toggle that on and off by pressing Command+Y on a Mac/Ctrl+Y on a PC. So here is the original image but then here is a quote soft proof and what a soft proof is, it's simulating how this image will look when it's viewed on a monitor.
So once I see that I say, Oh God! The image kind of fell flat, I don't really like it and I can especially see that when I compare it to the way that the image used to look. Well now that I have both of these up, I can then click on the Adjustments Layer icon and choose Curves or select that from the Adjustments panel, either way. And what I want to do here is, I want to modify the overall color and tone. And a lot of times what you are going to need to do is to just add a real subtle S curve, in order to get the color to look a little bit more like it did before. Well that S curve looks pretty good, not only did I make it look like it did originally but, I'm boosting the contrast a little bit, deepening the color saturation, because I know, when I go through Save for web, I'm going to loose just a little bit of contrast, a little bit of color saturation, so I need to bring this image to that place.
Now do I need this copy anymore? I'll go ahead and click in that, No, I'm going to close it. And Don't Save. I just had that copy so that I could begin to see, how far I needed to modify this image. I'll press F to go to Full Screen View mode, we will look at our curves adjustments, here is our before and after. Now keep in mind, for making that curves adjustment with this particular Proof Color or Proof Setup turned on, Monitor RGB, Proof Colors is on. And what we are doing here is we are simulating how this image is going to look. We are then correcting for that simulation which says, hey this image is going to fall flat a little bit.
Now with this photo, did it matter that much? No, but if it's a personal, it matter, yes, their eyes won't look as blue, their skin look kind of pale, the images won't look very good. Now, to non-photographers, will it really matter? No, they will just be kind of frustrated and, say hey, my images don't look as good, I don't know why. But to photographers, man, this matters, this really matters! So whether you are emailing your photos or posting them online, we need to go through all of these steps. Well now the image has been resized, it's been sharpened, we have worked on the color and tone, we are now ready to save this bad boy for the web and we will do that in the next movie.
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