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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.
The Info panel is another very useful tool for evaluating our images and specifically the color in our images. Here is the Info panel. If you don't have it open, you'll find it under the Window menu. You'll notice that as I move my cursor around on this image, the color numbers, the RGB numbers and the CMYK numbers are both changing, so it's reflecting the color that is beneath my cursor. We can change the actual color that we view, we can change it to any color that's relevant for the workflow that you're using. I have my first color setup as RGB since this is an RGB image.
That's actually referred to as Actual Color. And my second color as CMYK, so I'm presuming that I'm going to convert this image at some point to a CMYK image and it's useful for me to see how my RGB numbers are going to translate into CMYK percentages. More than that though we can take sample points and have those sample points be reflected on our Info panel, and we do that using the Eyedropper tool or the Color Sampler tool. I'm going to use the Color Sampler tool, but if you wanted to use the Eyedropper tool you just hold down the Shift key and I'm going to click right there.
That looks a sample point on my Info panel. I can change the color of that, but I want it to stay as reflecting the Actual Color for the Color Mode that I'm working in. Now what I can do is when I make a color adjustment I'm going to press Command+L or Ctrl+L to go to my Levels and make an adjustment. We see two numbers, we see the before number and we see the after number. Now because I have moved my white point towards the center these numbers have increased, of course, what we are seeing with our eye is things have got brighter.
It's possible to over think this perhaps, trust your eye first and foremost, but use your eye in conjunction with these numbers.
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