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Making Match Color adjustments

From: Photoshop CS4: Image Adjustments in Depth

Video: Making Match Color adjustments

The Match Color adjustment is one that doesn't get a lot of press but it can be really useful if you're in advertising or marketing and you're trying to match skin color of the model from shot-to-shot, or if you're trying to show a product in multiple colors. Let me show you how it works here with these two images. The source file on the left and the target file on the right. One of the things that I can do with match color is to try to match a model skin tone from image-to-image. So in this case I'd like to put both of these images in the same brochure, but her skin is much darker here than it is here.

Making Match Color adjustments

The Match Color adjustment is one that doesn't get a lot of press but it can be really useful if you're in advertising or marketing and you're trying to match skin color of the model from shot-to-shot, or if you're trying to show a product in multiple colors. Let me show you how it works here with these two images. The source file on the left and the target file on the right. One of the things that I can do with match color is to try to match a model skin tone from image-to-image. So in this case I'd like to put both of these images in the same brochure, but her skin is much darker here than it is here.

I'll start matching her skin tones by making a selection of the good skin tone here in the source image. I've actually already done that for you, so you can just load that selection if you're following along. By making sure that source.psd is the active image and then going up to Select and down to Load Selection and make sure Document is set to source.psd and Channel is set to skin source and then click OK. So there is the selection that I made for you or you can make your own.

Now I'm going to go to the target image. The one in which I want to change the skin color and I'm going to select her skin color here. I've already done that, so I'll just load that selection by going to select Load Selection, make sure the Document is set to target.psd and the Channel is set to skin target and I'll click OK. So that's all of the area that I want to change. Next, I'm going to open the Match Color Adjustment dialog box. This is one of the few adjustments that's only available as a direct adjustment. So I'm going to go up to the Image menu and down to Adjustments and way down here to Match Color. I'm going to move the Match Color dialog box over, so that you can see the model in both shots.

I'd like to make these marching ends that indicate the selection boundary temporarily invisible, so that I get a better view of the change I'm about to make. I don't want to delete that selection, but just to make a selection invisible you can hold down the Command key on your Mac and press H or the Ctrl+H on a PC. Now to replace this model's skin with the colors from the skin in the source image, I'm going to go down to the Source menu in the Match Color dialog box and I'm going to choose source.psd. That's it, what an amazing change! There are a few other things to take a look at here in the Match Color dialog box.

One is that there are sliders up here that allow me to tweak this match. So for example, if I would like to bring back some of the darker skin, I can fade the match by dragging the Fade slider over to the right, like that. I can also change the luminance or the brightness of the model's skin in the target image by using the Luminance slider and going in the other direction makes the skin darker. I think I'll make it just a bit lighter. I could change the color intensity, or the saturation of the match colors.

Moving to the right intensifies the color and to the left has the opposite effect. I'll put that back in about the middle. So I think that's a pretty good match. Before I close this dialog box, I just want to show you the two checkboxes down here. The first checkbox is saying please use the selection over here in the source image that I'd made of her skin to calculate this Color adjustment and the second checkbox is saying please only change the color in selected areas in the target image. Now if I had some other photos I've taken in the same light with the same model, I might want to save all these settings so that I could load them and apply them the next time I open the Match Color dialog box with another image.

So to save all these settings, I could just press Save Statistics, but I'm not going to do that this time. Instead I'm going to click OK to close the Match Color dialog box. I want to be sure that that selection that I have, which I'll show you by pressing Command+H or Ctrl+H on the PC, gets deselected. So I'll press Command+D on the Mac or Ctrl+D on the PC. Now another thing that I could do is change the color of these model's shirts and I do adjust the same way. If I wanted to have a blue version of her shirt, I could just select some blue from this model's shirt over here, make a selection around this model's shirt and use Match Color as I showed you. This is really a powerful adjustment and I hope you don't forget about it down there in the direct Adjustments menu.

Give it a try on your own images.

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Photoshop CS4: Image Adjustments in Depth

48 video lessons · 16003 viewers

Jan Kabili
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  1. 5m 39s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      59s
    3. Setting up a workspace
      3m 22s
  2. 21m 2s
    1. Creating and editing adjustment layers
      6m 38s
    2. Adjustment layers vs. direct adjustments
      6m 9s
    3. Using the new Adjustments panel
      5m 38s
    4. Reusing adjustment layers
      2m 37s
  3. 39m 57s
    1. Clipping adjustment layers
      4m 36s
    2. Including adjustment layers in a layer group
      3m 13s
    3. Including adjustment layers in a Smart Object
      7m 29s
    4. Using the adjustment layer mask
      5m 43s
    5. Using selections with adjustment layers
      4m 19s
    6. Using the Masks panel with adjustment layers
      8m 30s
    7. Using the Blend If sliders with adjustment layers
      6m 7s
  4. 49m 43s
    1. Reading the Histogram panel
      5m 23s
    2. Using the Levels adjustment for tonal corrections
      7m 42s
    3. Using the Curves adjustment for exposure
      8m 12s
    4. Using the Curves adjustment for contrast
      4m 14s
    5. Making On-Click Curves adjustments
      4m 0s
    6. Applying Shadow/Highlight nondestructively
      7m 59s
    7. Reviewing Brightness/Contrast
      3m 18s
    8. Dealing with exposure
      2m 22s
    9. Using adjustment layers with blend modes
      6m 33s
  5. 54m 36s
    1. Making Vibrance adjustments
      2m 22s
    2. Using Hue/Saturation adjustments
      7m 4s
    3. Understanding color correction
      3m 21s
    4. Using color samplers and the Info panel
      4m 25s
    5. Using Levels eyedroppers for color correction
      5m 54s
    6. Using Levels channels for color correction
      5m 7s
    7. Understanding Curves adjustments for color correction
      7m 21s
    8. Making Color Balance adjustments
      3m 49s
    9. Making Photo Filter adjustments
      3m 6s
    10. Making Variations adjustments
      6m 48s
    11. Using the auto-correction features
      5m 19s
  6. 13m 5s
    1. Using the Dodge and Burn tools
      4m 56s
    2. Dodging and burning nondestructively
      6m 38s
    3. Working with the Red-Eye tool
      1m 31s
  7. 16m 9s
    1. Applying Black & White adjustments
      7m 30s
    2. Making Channel Mixer adjustments
      6m 31s
    3. Understanding the Threshold adjustment
      2m 8s
  8. 25m 23s
    1. Colorizing with Hue/Saturation adjustments
      3m 9s
    2. Tinting with Black & White adjustments
      2m 8s
    3. Making a Gradient Map adjustment
      4m 18s
    4. Applying a Selective Color adjustment
      1m 49s
    5. Using the Replace Color adjustment
      4m 39s
    6. Making Match Color adjustments
      4m 24s
    7. Applying the Equalize adjustment
      4m 56s
  9. 42s
    1. Goodbye
      42s

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