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Photoshop is one of the world’s most powerful image editors, and it can be daunting to try to use skillfully. Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Advanced, the second part of the popular and comprehensive series, follows internationally renowned Photoshop guru Deke McClelland as he dives into the workings of Photoshop. He explores such digital-age wonders as the Levels and Curves commands, edge-detection filters, advanced compositing techniques, vector-based text, the Liquify filter, and Camera Raw. Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details, smoothing over wrinkles and imperfections, and enhancing colors without harming the original image. Exercise files accompany the course.
Recommended prerequisite: Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts and color settings for Photoshop from the Exercise Files tab.
All right, my friends, welcome to the underworld or at least an image called Underworld.dng in which I'll show you how to correct White Balance with the Click of a tool. So simple as you will see. It doesn't always work for every single image, you need something neutral to Click on but you will see how it works in just a moment. Now don't worry about the fact that my thumbnails are sorted in a different order than yours, that's just because I have been dragging them around. You will find the file in the folder, if you look. I'm going to go ahead and press Ctrl+R, Command+R on a Mac to open this image inside of Camera Raw, and notice that it's very, very warm, very yellowish.
So I would compensate by lowering the Temperature value here and then it sort of looks greenish, so I would raise the Tint value and so on. But it's still not looking exactly right. Then of course, I could play with it, I could get it exactly right if I just spend a few more seconds playing around with these sliders or I could go over here to this tool because there is so much gray to work with inside of this image or so much that should be gray. I can use the White Balance tool which is this guy right there. I for the I in white will get you the tool. Or of course, might think of it as being I for eyedropper and then if you Click in an area that should be a neutral gray and they say that Adobe will tell you that this tool works best in a light gray. I find that it works just superb in anything from a medium to light gray. Once you start getting into dark areas however dark gray areas tend to be noisier and so you run the risk of making an aberrant modification. So keep it in a mid tone is what I would suggest or a light gray.
I am going to Click right here and see what happens to look at that, just in one Click, bang! It fixes the White Balance, liquidy split. It goes ahead and automatically sets the both the Temperature and Tint values. And if you don't like that then Click again, Click again, Click again; you can keep Clicking inside the image to get slightly different results. You can even Click inside of one of these arrows or one of the white lines if you want to, that will work out pretty nicely for you as well. In fact, that's my favorite correction so far. I think it's a little too pink, so I'm going to back up this Tint value or maybe not quite that far; maybe it's something like 12 works out pretty nicely. Temperature value of 2000, swell that's all there is to it my friends. Now you Click on the Done button and you are done and the image automatically updates as we saw it there in the background.
So that is how you use the White Balance tool, you use it in good luck, if you have a gray area inside of your image to work with and of course a really great example is a gray card. So if you are shooting portrait shots and you went ahead and shot a gray card that's a great thing to Click on with a White Balance tool. In the next exercise, I'll introduce you to the Exposure controls.
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