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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.
Photoshop's Match Color command is useful if you have two or more frames where the exposure is a bit different and you want to make the exposure more similar, as is the case here. I want to make the exposure in this image on the left, which is a bit overexposed, look more like the exposure that we have in the image on the right. Now, you need to choose two images that start off in more or less the same place, otherwise you are going to find you get very unpredictable and probably very undesirable results from Match Color. So don't expect too much from it.
I am going to come to this image on the left, which in Match Color terms is going to be my target image. And then I am going to duplicate my Background layer, Command+J or Ctrl+J, because Match Color is a static command, we cannot apply it as an adjustment layer; we cannot apply as a Smart Filter. So we need a backup and that's why I have made a duplicate of that layer. Image > Adjustments > Match Color. The other thing is, you need to have the images that you are working with open.
That's why I have got the two images open. My Source is matchcolor1, the darker of the two, and you will see that as soon as I choose that as my Source, the image on the left now takes on an exposure very similar to the image on the right. I can tweak the result by moving the Luminance, Color Intensity Sliders, or I could fade the result by increasing the amount of Fade. But I am just going to go with it as is, and here is the before and here is the after.
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