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Now that we have the basic stuff out of the way, it's time to take our first look at how you go about correcting an image. For example, if an image is too dark you can lighten it, if it's too light you can darken it, you can likewise enhance contrast breathe life into colors and otherwise make a drab image pulsate with vibrancy. The most basic corrections involved brightness and contrast. So we'll start with the look at the Brightness/Contrast command. A few versions back it was something of an image destroyer, so you may have been warned to stay away from it.
But not in CS5, these days Brightness/ Contrast performs exceptionally well. Then I'll demonstrate how to read and use a histogram, a little technical but a very useful tool. After that we'll see ways to correct colorcast using the Color Balance and Variations commands. Then we'll wrap things up with you Hue/Saturation, Vibrance and the Target Adjustment tool. The last of which lets you adjust a range of colors just by dragging over them. What I love about these commands is they are not hard to use and they produce great results.
Plus, the very act of using them teaches you how color works in the world of digital imagery. Seriously, come to terms with these commands and you might just find yourself armed with the information you need to shoot better photographs in the first place.
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