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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.
Because color correction with Camera Raw can at first seem easy and then seem a little bit more complex, I thought it would be helpful to work with one more image. Well we'll work on the file mike.tif. You can find it in the Chapter 20 folder, sub folder eye_droppers. Press Command+R on the Mac/Ctrl+R on a PC. Let's press the S key to select the Color Sampler tool and what I'm going to do here is go ahead add a sample point on the shirt because I know that shirt was gray or I'm guessing it was gray. Click on the rocks, those might be gray or neutral because that is granite; it's the Sierras. Okay, well then we will go ahead and click on this point here on the snowshoe and then also on the snow.
Let's take a look at our numbers, well the shirt saying there is a red problem, the rocks there is a red problem. Now 0.3, gosh there are all kinds of problems; we are not really sure what to think about that. Yet there is a red problem and these numbers aren't very close together yet not too far off from what we are seeing over here and then finally 0.4, gosh those numbers are pretty good, well why is that? Well, that bright white snow isn't going to help us out very much. It's basically going to be between 0.1 and 0.2, right. So I'll grab the Eyedropper tool or what is actually called the White Balance tool. Although I like to call it the Eyedropper tool because the shortcut key is what, it's the I key. The same shortcut that we have in Photoshop for the Eyedropper tool, which is also the I key.
All right, so now that we have the White Balance tool, go ahead and click on this point here or near that point. Let's say, hey that's a decent color correction and we look at the numbers 4.1 and 4.2, they are pretty close. I'll go ahead and click on the shirt over here. Now interesting again we have pretty close numbers for the most part of work, ignoring these two points here because if I click on this one over here I'm just going to see big problems. That's not going to work for me, so I'll press Command+Z on a Mac/Ctrl+Z on a PC. So it's really between 0.1 here and then also point 0.2 here.
Now what's the big difference between these amounts, I'll go back to 0.1 for a second. We can see the difference here is that overall magenta-tint and then also the amount of yellow. Now one of the things that we can do is we can get an image pretty color correct and these numbers are pretty close, they are decent, they are not amazing but they are decent. Yet we may after we get this color correct, we may want to add a little bit of tint. In my case, I want to add a little bit of warmth to this image. Now is that technically a good color shift? No, yet I was able to get the image to a place where it what was pretty neutral and then I warmed it up. That way I know I'm a few snaps off of being color correct. Let's look at our before and after.
Here is before and then after. On the other hand, if I had tried to warm it when the image was at this place, it would have become yellow-red, not just yellow and warm. So again I was able to get that pretty close to neutral and then add a little bit of a subjective color shift to it. So keep that in mind as you are color correcting your own images and that is that perfect color or a neutral color isn't always best although it is a really good starting point because from there you can make some pretty valuable adjustments. All right, well that wraps up our conversation about Camera Raw color correction.
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