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Nondestructive Exposure and Color Correction with Photoshop
Illustration by Richard Downs

Nondestructive Exposure and Color Correction with Photoshop

with Richard Harrington

Video: Welcome

Hi! My name is Richard Harrington, and I'd like to welcome you as we explore nondestructive techniques for fixing color and exposure with photos. Today, I'm going to using Adobe Photoshop CS6, but these techniques will work with most versions of Photoshop. Our emphasis is on speed and really getting in there and quickly making changes. Now, I want to point out that when it comes to color correction, things are incredibly subjective. So the techniques I show you are useful, but you may decide that you want to slightly tweak the image to better match your needs.
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  1. 2m 1s
    1. Welcome
      1m 27s
    2. Using the exercise files
      34s
  2. 9m 20s
    1. Setting the environment
      2m 37s
    2. Performing triage
      4m 51s
    3. Getting a fresh opinion
      1m 52s
  3. 9m 33s
    1. Working with a copy of the image
      1m 23s
    2. Converting layers to Smart Objects
      2m 4s
    3. Cloning to an empty layer
      2m 33s
    4. Using adjustment layers
      1m 29s
    5. Creating a new document from the current state
      2m 4s
  4. 14m 27s
    1. Exploring essential raw adjustments
      3m 3s
    2. Opening a raw file as a Smart Object
      2m 8s
    3. Recovering skies
      3m 12s
    4. Performing selective adjustments
      3m 58s
    5. Re-editing a raw file
      2m 6s
  5. 19m 6s
    1. Fixing exposure with a Levels adjustment layer
      1m 41s
    2. Speeding up with an Auto Levels adjustment
      1m 7s
    3. Saving time with Auto Tone and Auto Contrast
      1m 37s
    4. Reading the Histogram panel
      2m 38s
    5. Removing a color cast with a Levels adjustment layer
      1m 43s
    6. Fixing exposure with a Curves adjustment layer
      1m 45s
    7. Refining a Curves adjustment layer using the On-Image tool
      1m 54s
    8. Adjusting hue and saturation
      2m 31s
    9. Boosting color with a Vibrance adjustment layer
      2m 20s
    10. Using adjustment presets
      1m 50s
  6. 10m 24s
    1. Using the Color Range command
      3m 9s
    2. Controlling adjustment layers with masks
      2m 33s
    3. Clipping adjustment layers
      1m 21s
    4. Blending adjustment layers
      3m 21s
  7. 9m 52s
    1. Applying the Shadow/Highlights command to a Smart Object
      3m 41s
    2. Adjusting shadows and highlights in a raw image
      4m 18s
    3. Refining the Shadow/Highlights command
      1m 53s
  8. 11m 14s
    1. Using the Equalize command to fix exposure and contrast
      1m 49s
    2. Using Match Color with two photos
      2m 2s
    3. Adjusting color and exposure with the Photo Filter command
      1m 29s
    4. Tinting with the Gradient Map adjustment
      2m 25s
    5. Blending Smart Filters
      1m 43s
    6. Using color lookup tables to process images
      1m 46s
  9. 5m 14s
    1. Creating black-and-white images
      1m 41s
    2. Combining Black & White adjustment layers with blend modes
      1m 32s
    3. Hand-tinting a photo
      2m 1s
  10. 44s
    1. Goodbye
      44s

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Nondestructive Exposure and Color Correction with Photoshop
1h 31m Intermediate May 24, 2012

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Every photographer has looked at a photo and been disappointed that it didn't convey the original scene. This course reveals how to use Adobe Photoshop to enhance the color, contrast, and sharpness of a photograph. Using tools from adjustment layers to filters, discover how to nondestructively transform your photos. The course also covers how to work with raw images and perform special-case adjustments such as color matching and tinting.

Topics include:
  • Performing an image-correction triage
  • Cloning to an empty layer
  • Using adjustment layers
  • Opening a raw file as a smart object
  • Making selective adjustments
  • Recovering the detail in skies
  • Fixing exposure
  • Saving time with Auto Tone and Auto Contrast
  • Adjusting hue and saturation
  • Controlling adjustment layers with masks
  • Adjusting shadows and highlights
  • Converting an image to black and white
Subjects:
Photography Color Correction
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Richard Harrington

Welcome

Hi! My name is Richard Harrington, and I'd like to welcome you as we explore nondestructive techniques for fixing color and exposure with photos. Today, I'm going to using Adobe Photoshop CS6, but these techniques will work with most versions of Photoshop. Our emphasis is on speed and really getting in there and quickly making changes. Now, I want to point out that when it comes to color correction, things are incredibly subjective. So the techniques I show you are useful, but you may decide that you want to slightly tweak the image to better match your needs.

Another thing to realize with color correction is that you want to work nondestructively, which is really the whole focus of our course here. The emphasis with nondestructive color correction is that it's easy to make changes throughout the process. If you go to print and that printer is a little bit different, you can easily make a tweak. The goal here is that things are not permanently baked in; rather, with a click or two, we can jump in and start to modify the exposure adjustment or the color adjustment. Again, it's all about speed, so the techniques I show you today are going to be fast and easy. Feel free to dig in deeper and take your time, but I want to get the job done.

We're going to be using a bunch of photos from several trips I've taken to zoos and wildlife parks, and these techniques will work great on these. We've got lots of vibrant color, as well as contrast issues. And of course, you could apply this to other types of images as well.

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