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In Photoshop CS6 for Photographers, author, photographer, and teacher Chris Orwig explores Photoshop from the perspective of the photographer.
The course details the features and techniques behind enhancing and retouching photos, preparing them for print and online publishing, and much more. Chris demonstrates how to make basic edits in Camera Raw, develop and save color profiles, work with layers and selections, tone and sharpen, and retouch images while retaining their natural character.
Chris also shares some creative tips and project ideas, such as converting a photo to black-and-white and enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks. The course also covers workflow details, such as organizing images in Bridge and Mini Bridge, optimizing Photoshop preferences, and calibrating your monitor.
Color management is all about clarifying communication between multiple devices. And color management is incredibly important, because when we look at an image on our monitor, what we're seeing is the image created via light. Yet when we print that image, it's being created via ink. Therefore, what we need to do is clarify the communication between what we see on our monitor and our printer. And one way to do that is to create a profile for our monitor and also a profile for our printer and the paper type. The device that I use in order to do this is called the ColorMunki, and I like this device because it's compact and because it works incredibly well and because I can use one device to create profiles for my monitor, my printer, and also for projectors.
One of the advantages of using something like this is that it comes with a software program which you can run, you can then take this device and hang it on your monitor--as I am doing here--and then run this little software program. And what this will do then is it will send different colors at different brightness values to the device. The device will then read those values and it will create an accurate profile. Now this profile is really helpful because what it will do is it will help interpret what we're seeing here, so we can get really good, really accurate prints when they come out of our printer.
So if you want to improve your overall color manage workflow, you may want to consider getting a device like this. Now of course, if you don't have a budget for it right now, it may be something that you want to schedule into your budget. Because once you use this type of device, you'll never go back. You'll soon discover that this type of accuracy pays for itself and also, it makes the overall process much more enjoyable.
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