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White balancing with Curves

From: Photoshop CS3 Portrait Retouching Essentials

Video: White balancing with Curves

In this movie, we will be working on dylan.jpg and we will be using Curves to color-correct this image. Go and double click that file to open it up in Photoshop. Press F two times to take it to Full Screen View mode. Then press your spacebar to reposition the image near the top part of the screen. This will help us have good posture. So we are looking up and we are not looking down. We are going to color-correct this image with Curves and Curves as an adjustment layer. So go ahead and go over to the Layers palette and click on the Adjustment Layer icon and choose good old friendly neighborhood, Curves.

White balancing with Curves

In this movie, we will be working on dylan.jpg and we will be using Curves to color-correct this image. Go and double click that file to open it up in Photoshop. Press F two times to take it to Full Screen View mode. Then press your spacebar to reposition the image near the top part of the screen. This will help us have good posture. So we are looking up and we are not looking down. We are going to color-correct this image with Curves and Curves as an adjustment layer. So go ahead and go over to the Layers palette and click on the Adjustment Layer icon and choose good old friendly neighborhood, Curves.

This will open up the Curves dialogue window. Now we want to reposition that dialogue window so we can see our image. Now here's something that's really cool. We actually have access to the Hand tool by pressing the spacebar key. That way, we can move the image over to the left so we can see the important part of the image, which is the face and then color-correct it appropriately. Now with this particular image, we are going to be color-correcting with the gray-point eyedropper or the midtone eyedropper. So we are going to go ahead and select that in the Curves dialogue window and then click on something that we think is about middle grey and I think this T-shirt is pretty close to that.

So I'm going to go ahead and click on that, that is a wonderful color adjustment. Warm the image up, made that tone neutral on the shirt, took away that blue color cast, absolutely love that. I'm going to expand my Curve Display Options here because by default, very often you'll have Channel Overlays turned on. Now that's really helpful because you can see how it's color-corrected the red, the green and the blue channel. In my case, I want that checked off because I want to focus in on the RGB color channel and mine was already checked off because I had done that previously but if your's is checked on, go ahead and click that off because it will help us work on the rest of the image which has to do with its color and its tone.

All that I want to do here in the RGB composite view mode is brighten the image a tad bit, darken my shadows, good old S curve and then click OK. Now that I've clicked OK, I'm going to click on the eye icon to show my before and after, press the spacebar key to reposition this image. Here's my before and after. Now one quick word of caution; when you're color-correcting something that's cool, the image is going to look like it is going warm. It is actually going neutral, it is going a little warm but it looks like it is going too warm because in juxtaposition to the coolness, it is quite a leap.

So look away from your monitor, look back to determine if the image looks good.

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Photoshop CS3 Portrait Retouching Essentials

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Chris Orwig
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  1. 15m 11s
    1. Welcome
      27s
    2. How to use this training
      1m 32s
    3. The art of retouching
      3m 3s
    4. Training sneak peek
      3m 2s
    5. Resources and inspiration
      4m 3s
    6. Using a Wacom tablet
      2m 11s
    7. Using the exercise files
      53s
  2. 16m 10s
    1. Initial retouching considerations
      6m 37s
    2. Retouching workflow strategies
      4m 20s
    3. Retouching roadmap: Making notes
      5m 13s
  3. 49m 19s
    1. What we'll cover in this chapter
      1m 22s
    2. White balancing in Adobe Camera Raw
      1m 40s
    3. White balancing with Curves
      2m 27s
    4. Brightening dark tones
      3m 8s
    5. Darkening bright tones
      5m 14s
    6. Reducing dramatic red skin tones
      6m 36s
    7. Reducing subtle red skin tones
      4m 6s
    8. Reducing moderate red skin tones
      3m 29s
    9. Color-correcting skin by the numbers
      2m 39s
    10. Color-correcting light skin tones
      7m 9s
    11. Color-correcting medium light skin tones
      3m 38s
    12. Color-correcting medium dark skin tones
      3m 37s
    13. Color-correcting dark skin tones
      4m 14s
  4. 12m 35s
    1. Healing in Camera Raw
      4m 45s
    2. Healing and cloning in Camera Raw
      4m 19s
    3. Removing dust in Camera Raw
      3m 31s
  5. 1h 30m
    1. Creative Tip: Leaving crumbs
      2m 4s
    2. Removing background distractions
      7m 29s
    3. Removing elements with the Patch tool
      3m 15s
    4. Removing distractions near subjects
      8m 14s
    5. Simplifying backgrounds
      7m 2s
    6. Cleaning up faces
      4m 17s
    7. Improving studio backdrops
      7m 46s
    8. Removing wrinkles in garments
      6m 20s
    9. Reducing hot spots
      7m 14s
    10. Removing flyaway hairs
      8m 23s
    11. Cleaning project 1: Face
      10m 46s
    12. Cleaning project 2: Keeping it under control
      6m 43s
    13. Cleaning project 3: Fashion image
      11m 11s
  6. 1h 10m
    1. Improving the jaw line with the Liquify filter
      5m 49s
    2. Improving the jaw line with the Free Transform tool
      9m 29s
    3. Creating visual symmetry
      6m 31s
    4. Improving the shape of eyes, ears, noses, and faces
      10m 31s
    5. Tailor-fitting a wedding dress
      9m 18s
    6. Reducing the stomach size
      6m 56s
    7. Thinning the waist and legs
      4m 21s
    8. Flamenco project pt. 1: Thinning the waist
      5m 49s
    9. Flamenco project pt. 2: Shape and height
      4m 34s
    10. Flamenco project pt. 3: Color, tone, and light
      2m 47s
    11. Combining multiple images
      4m 53s
  7. 27m 6s
    1. Reducing wrinkles with the Healing Brush tool
      2m 27s
    2. Reducing wrinkles by brightening
      6m 23s
    3. Creative Tip: The right tools for the job
      47s
    4. Reducing wrinkles with the Burn and Dodge tools
      4m 29s
    5. Reducing wrinkles with layer burning and dodging
      7m 41s
    6. Removing face and garment wrinkles
      5m 19s
  8. 58m 16s
    1. Changing eye color
      7m 7s
    2. Brightening eyes with Screen Blend mode
      4m 1s
    3. Brightening eyes with Curves
      5m 19s
    4. Advanced eye tone and color enhancements
      9m 8s
    5. Adding a catch light
      2m 55s
    6. Sharpening eyes with Smart Sharpen
      3m 13s
    7. Sharpening eyes with High Pass
      4m 15s
    8. Increasing eye size with Free Transform
      6m 1s
    9. Increasing eye size with Liquify
      1m 37s
    10. Darkening the edge of the eye
      7m 0s
    11. Whitening eyes
      7m 40s
  9. 16m 7s
    1. Cleaning up and darkening eyebrows
      9m 20s
    2. Increasing eyelash density
      2m 57s
    3. Adding eyelashes
      3m 50s
  10. 37m 24s
    1. Patching a gap in hair
      3m 36s
    2. Improving hair tone
      2m 27s
    3. Lightening dark roots
      7m 0s
    4. Covering gaps in hair
      6m 16s
    5. Fixing roots and hair color
      6m 15s
    6. Removing stray hairs
      5m 20s
    7. Removing flyaway hairs over a background
      6m 30s
  11. 1h 3m
    1. Creative Tip: See life as it should be
      59s
    2. Enhancing muscles with Liquify
      5m 3s
    3. Enhancing muscles with Burn and Dodge
      4m 1s
    4. Enhancing muscles with Curves
      5m 1s
    5. Enhancing body shape with shadows
      2m 13s
    6. Enhancing faces with shadows and highlights
      7m 50s
    7. Enhancing lip color and tone
      4m 37s
    8. Adding glossiness to lips
      3m 19s
    9. Enhancing lips
      4m 20s
    10. Changing facial expressions
      5m 32s
    11. Thinning arms
      3m 14s
    12. Thinning legs
      3m 15s
    13. Increasing height
      3m 35s
    14. Enhancing body shape
      3m 50s
    15. Body sculpting
      6m 21s
  12. 11m 4s
    1. Whitening teeth with Dodge
      3m 28s
    2. Whitening teeth with Hue and Saturation
      4m 3s
    3. Removing a gap between teeth
      3m 33s
  13. 35m 31s
    1. Additional makeup resources
      2m 2s
    2. Adding color to cheeks
      5m 40s
    3. Changing the shape of lips
      5m 13s
    4. Modifying makeup color
      7m 35s
    5. Enhancing makeup and adding creative color
      6m 9s
    6. Makeup color enhancement with LAB
      3m 36s
    7. Makeup color enhancement with Adjustment Layers
      5m 16s
  14. 56m 0s
    1. Creative Tip: Reduce and simplify
      1m 7s
    2. Reducing skin variation with the Spot Healing Brush
      5m 36s
    3. Reducing skin variation with the Healing Brush
      2m 46s
    4. Deemphasizing skin variation
      5m 16s
    5. Reducing freckles
      7m 30s
    6. Cleaning up skin and sharpening
      10m 15s
    7. Cleaning up skin and adding texture
      5m 22s
    8. Enhancing skin for high-end fashion
      13m 30s
    9. Evening skin tone
      4m 38s
  15. 59m 39s
    1. Project 1 pt. 1: Cleaning up skin with Heal and Dodge
      9m 8s
    2. Project 1 pt. 2: Softening the skin
      8m 10s
    3. Project 2 pt. 1: Basic retouching
      3m 13s
    4. Project 2 pt. 2: Improving color and tone
      3m 38s
    5. Project 2 pt. 3: Softening skin
      8m 56s
    6. Project 3: Quick skin softening
      6m 9s
    7. Project 4: New skin softening technique
      4m 8s
    8. Project 5 pt. 1: Improving color and tone
      3m 57s
    9. Project 5 pt. 2: High-end skin color, tone, and shine
      5m 8s
    10. Project 5 pt. 3: Adding dimension
      7m 12s
  16. 19s
    1. Goodbye
      19s

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