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In this Photoshop for Designers course, Nigel French focuses on the tools and features in Photoshop designed for choosing, applying, and editing color. The course looks at concepts such as the color wheel and color harmonies as well as the practicalities of using the Color Picker, leveraging the power of color channels, and the characteristics of different color modes in Photoshop. The course includes exercises on correcting color, enhancing color, shifting and replacing colors, working with spot color channels, hand coloring black and white images, and designing with a reduced color palette.
I'm in the Camera Raw plug-in where I'm going to be looking at two ways of addressing colorcasts using the white balance. For this first image, which we shot in the early morning, the color temperature is 6000?K. It's a little on the yellow side. Frankly, I like that about this image, but let's just see if we can improve it by adjusting the white balance, and I'm going to do that by just choosing a different white balance preset. I'm going to go to Daylight. Now we see that by doing that, the color temperature is reduced to 5500 and the image becomes a bit cooler as a result.
The second image is too blue and if we look at the color temperature we can see that it is 4900?K. So what I want to do here is warm it up, and I could do this in the same way as I did the previous image by choosing a different White Balance preset but in this case I'm going to use the White Balance tool. So when I choose this eyedropper, what I need to do is target an area in my image which I think should be neutral gray and I can't emphasize enough how much this is subjective, but I think we can all agree that the side of this boat here which is painted white in the shadow area of that boat it should be neutral and if I move my eyedropper over that area and I look at my RGB values at top-right, I see that the blue is higher than the green and the red.
By clicking at this point, I neutralize the values in the mid-tones and consequently, the color temperature goes up and I think that's quite a big improvement to this image. So two approaches to color correcting in Camera Raw; the great benefit about working in Camera Raw is that when we go and open the image or images in this case, we're opening up copies. So any change we make in the Camera Raw plug-in is effectively nondestructive.
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