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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers provides comprehensive Photoshop training targeting the needs of photographers. In this course, author Chris Orwig demonstrates the fundamental skills used to enhance digital photos, including managing and correcting color, sharpening, making selections and adjustments, retouching, and printing from Photoshop. In addition to teaching the techniques that enable photographers to refine and publish their photos, the course includes live-action segments that encourage thinking photographically and shooting with Photoshop’s capabilities in mind. Exercise files are included with the course.
In certain situations, we may discover that our images have some really problematic color, in other words, like with this photograph here. It was captured at sunset, yet there are some really interesting color shifts. I see some kind of cyan in it and some other problems as well. So in those situations, in order to correct, or for that matter enhance, color, what we can do is use the Curves tool. Let's go ahead and take a look at how we can improve this photograph here. We're going to go ahead and click on the Curves icon, and then what I want to do is jump down to some of the different channels to make a few adjustments.
Again, I want to reiterate some of these shortcuts here. So let's go ahead and start off by pressing Option on the Mac, Alt on a PC and then the 3 key. That will take us to the Red channel. I notice there's quite a bit of a cyan in this image. So I'm going to go ahead and click and drag up to add some red. Then I'll press Option+4 or Alt+4 to go to the Green channel. Bring in a little bit of magenta there. I'll press Option+5 or Alt+5 and then click and drag down to bring in a little bit of yellow. And now the image looks really, really strong.
It's already so much better. Well, let's go back to the RGB composite channel. We can do so by pressing Option+2 or Alt+2. Now that we're here, all that I want to do is maybe darken up my blacks just a bit, not too much and maybe brighten up the rest of the image a little bit as well. Okay, well, some pretty simple adjustments, yet the corrections are incredibly important. They take the lighting back to the way that it was captured with this nice, brilliant sunset light. Let's take a look at the before and after, see how we did.
Here was the before, and then now we have the after.
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