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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.
In the previous movie, we talked a little bit about color management. We said that color management is essentially a way to clear up the communication between different devices. In this movie, what I want to do is begin to talk about monitor calibration so that we can calibrate our monitor. So the communication between the monitor and the printer has been cleared up. Now there are a couple of different approaches that we can take. We can take a really simple approach or a little bit more of an advanced approach. Let's first take a simple approach and then I also want to give you a couple of resources as well. Well, here are a couple of calibration tips for you. Viewing your images on a CRT, warm up that monitor for 30-60 minutes. Before you run the calibration process, set your brightness to 0%. If you are using an LCD, set your brightness to 100%. Now for an LCD and especially a CRT, you want to set that white point to 6500 Kelvin or on your LCD you set it to the native white point. Now here is where I want to point some resources. I used to include a number of links here yet I've decided that it'll be a little bit easier to point you to this site, PhotoshopNews.com. I'll go ahead and pull that up right now. This is a site that's put together by Jeff Schewe. He is a great guy, incredibly technical, really knows what he is talking about. Well, if you go to PhotoshopNews.com and then scroll down, one of the things you will see is there are number of different color management links. Now here are some other locations where you can get even more information about color management and about monitor calibration. Well, back to our slides. The next thing that you want to do, if you are on a Mac, you can find this in your System Preferences > Display > Color. Again, this is another calibrator assistant. You can walk through these different steps and you can create then a profile for your monitor. Now what's the big deal with a profile? What exactly is a profile? Well, I like to think of a profile like a tag on a T-shirt. Let's say you go to the store and you want to buy a T-shirt, you want to buy a size large T-shirt. What you do is, you look at the T-shirt and you look at the tag, make sure it's a correct size and then you buy the T-shirt and bring it home, right? Yet the shirt wasn't tagged, it would be pretty hard to shop for clothes. It would be pretty hard to buy a T- shirt because you really wouldn't know what size it was and things would just be a mess. So that simple little tag is a guide to tell you hey, this shirt is approximately this size. It will probably fit you if that's your size T-shirt. Well, the same thing is true for color management. When we create a profile, it's a simple tag, which says hey this is our color space, this is the way our colors work, this is the way our colors are viewed. It will then help in the translation process, like when we want to create a print from our printer. Well that's the easy approach to monitor calibration. What's the more advanced approach? Well, let's take a look at that in the next movie.
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