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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 movies for the most part we have talked about how we can color correct our photos and we have needed to look for aspects or for colors in our photos that were neutral in order to correct the color. Well, in this movie what I want to do is begin to talk about how you can use color checker charts and have a neutral object in your photograph and then apply that white balance or apply the color correction to other images. So let's go ahead and select the first four photos here. guy_boat and we will go ahead and select that one, press the Command key on a Mac/Ctrl key on a PC, guy_boat_2, flag and then flag2. Then press Command+R on the Mac, Ctrl+R on a PC.
In this first scenario what I'm going to do is press I to select the White Balance tool and click on the gray patch here, that image is now color correct. Then I'll press the Command key on the Mac, Ctrl key on a PC, click on the other image and choose Synchronize, synchronize everything and then if we click onto that image we will now see that one is color correct as well. Here is our before and after. Now the color checker chart that I'm using here is called a QP card and one of the reasons I like using those is because they are extremely portable and small. Now they are not necessarily the best color checker chart in the world because they are small, they are made out of paper, they can break and scratch. Yet they are incredibly portable and I have had great success with those. So you may want to check them out, QP cards.
All right, well let's go ahead and select this next image and then press the Command key on the Mac/ Ctrl key on the PC and select the other image. So they are both selected, grab your White Balance tool, click on the gray patch again, now they both have been color corrected instantaneously. So you can either color correct one and Synchronize or color correct both or if you have more than that all at once by having both images selected. Okay, well let's go ahead and click Cancel here, will cancel all of those settings and go back to this scenario. What about the scenario where you have just open up one of the images? I'll do that, Command+R on the Mac/Ctrl+R on a PC, grab the White Balance tool. Again, I'm going to target one of the gray swatches here, not white, white will not work well for me. Okay, that image is color corrected. Press Done to apply that.
How then do I copy those settings to this image? Well, there are a couple of different ways, one of the easiest is to select the file and navigate to Edit > Develop Settings > Copy Camera Raw Settings. There is also a shortcut there and then click on the other image Edit, Develops Settings, Paste Camera Raw Settings. Take note of the shortcut, if you like shortcuts you want to write that one down and then I can pate all of those settings in that way. I don't even have to open up Camera Raw in order to color correct those photos. All right, well that wraps up our conversation about using color checker charts.
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