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Some of the most compelling photographs are of people--portraits, family snapshots, wedding photos--and Photoshop helps make people look their best in pictures. In Photoshop CS3 Portrait Retouching Essentials, professional photographer and Photoshop expert Chris Orwig gives a hands-on tour of the retouching secrets used by pros. He demonstrates tricks for covering up skin flaws, correcting discrepancies in color and tone, removing backgrounds and other visual distractions, fixing teeth and hair, enhancing facial features, and sculpting body parts. This inspiring step-by-step training course is full of secrets that will help professionals and hobbyists alike create stunning photographs of people. Exercise files accompany the tutorials.
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Hey, welcome to the chapter on color and tone. You know we need to get our color and tone correct first before we can actually begin to retouch our images. In this chapter we're going to start simple, really simple and get more complex and more complex with color and tone. The first photograph we'll be working on is titled Sophia.jpg. You can find that in the Chapter 2 folder, color and tone, and then the subfolder tone. Go and select that in the Bridge and on the Mac press Command+R, on the PC press Control+R, to open up this JPEG.
Yes, a JPEG, inside of Adobe Camera RAW. Now this movie's going to be quick simply because color correction in Camera RAW is easy. I love it. First thing we need to do is select the Light Balance tool and we can do that either by clicking on the tool in the toolbox or pressing the I key. So go and select that. Now when you're using this tool, you don't want click on something that's pure white. For example, this white over here won't work. That white is actually a highlight that's blown out. So that won't work for me. I'm looking for something that's just above pure white. Something that can be gray, even middle gray or even darker for that matter. Something that should be neutral in the image. Now in this case, I know that that is my daughter Sophia. I know that her shirt there should be white.
So I'm going to click on that sleeve there and that's going to be a great color correction. That image looks really nice and now that particular color is is neutral. I know it's neutral because I can look at these RGB values over here in the top of the Adobe Camera RAW dialogue and if I see that all three of those numbers are pretty close to equal, which they are as I hover around here, that's definitely neutral. Alright well that wraps up our look at color correction with Adobe Camera RAW.
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