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In Photoshop CS5 Essential Training, author Michael Ninness demonstrates how to produce the highest quality images with fantastic detail in the shortest amount of time, using a combination of Photoshop CS5, Adobe Bridge, and Camera Raw. This course shows the most efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, Michael shares the secrets of non-destructive editing, utilizing and mastering Adobe Bridge, Camera Raw, layers, adjustment layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more. Exercise files are included with the course.
Photoshop has a very handy feature called Match Color that lets you, as the name implies, have two or more images pick up the same color and tone. So, there are lots of different uses for that. You might have two images that are completely separate from each other, say a product shot, a shot in a studio that you want to insert into a scene that's lit a different way, and you want that product shot to pick up the lighting of the scene you are taking it into. So, that's one scenario. Another example is like the one I am going to show here where I have got two images from the same series where the White Balance setting was different, or the Lighting conditions changed, and where we weren't paying attention.
We just kind of shot really quickly, but we want this image, which has this kind of warmish tint to it, to match the cooler tint of this other image here. So, I have got these images open, side by side. We want them to be side by side, so we can kind of compare the two. So, I am going to go ahead and make the warm image the active document window. We are going to go up to the Application Bar up here, at the top to the Arrange Documents widget. We are going to choose the 2 Up display, so I can see these side by side. The trick here is we want MatchColor_ B, the orange-ish one, to look like MatchColor_A, the cooler one.
So, to do that, just have the document that you want to change be the active document. So, that's the one that's got the highlighted tab here. Then we will go to Image > Adjustments and choose Match Color. When you open up this dialog, what you care about first is down below where it says Image Statistics, you want to choose your Source. Right now, the Source is None. We are going to change it to the image that we want to steal from. So, in this case it would be MatchColor_A. You will see, as soon as I go ahead and grab that option, you will see that image automatically picked up the same color and tone as the Source image MatchColor_A.
Here is the Preview, before and after. So, there it is before. There it is after. You can see that's pretty much it. That's all you have got to do. Now, there are other controls up here to control the match coloring. You can go ahead and play with those if you want. You can do kind of a blend between the two. So, if I take the Color Intensity down, you can actually do special effects with this. But if I want to have more of a color pop, then I can increase the Color Intensity. So, it's really up to you how you want to control. The default settings are trying to do an exact match, but you can control it by using Luminance, Color Intensity, and Fade to do a blend between the warm and the cool, if you don't want to have it be an exact match. Okay.
Let's click OK. You can see, with just one choice in the Match Color dialog, these two images now have the same color and tone. So, pretty handy when you want to match color across multiple files.
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