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Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Fundamentals is a concise and focused introduction to the key features in Photoshop, presented by long-time lynda.com author and Adobe veteran Deke McClelland. This course covers the image editing process from the very beginning and progresses through the concepts and techniques that every photographer or graphic designer should know. Deke explains digital imaging fundamentals, such as resolution vs. size and the effects of downsampling. He explains how to use layers to edit an image nondestructively and organize those edits in an easy-to-read way, and introduces techniques such as cropping, adjusting brightness and contrast, correcting and changing color, and retouching and healing images. These lessons distill the vast assortment of tools and options to a refined set of skills that will get you working inside Photoshop with confidence.
This chapter's topic is color. Now technically speaking, color is a combination of two ingredients: hue and saturation. Hue is what you and I think of as color. That is the colors of the rainbow; red, orange, yellow, green, and so on. Saturation is the intensity of that color, from lustrously vibrant to stone-cold drab. The various colors have specific hue and saturation values and because Photoshop provides a color-managed environment, that means you stand a good chance of achieving predictable results.
But our perceptions of color are largely subjective. Meaning that you can take an image with an obvious colour cast and adjust it in any number of ways. To you, one treatment will look just right. To someone else, another correction will look better and perhaps later to you as well. The way you perceive color is one way at breakfast, another at lunch, and still another before you go to bed. It's just the way our eyes work, which is why I advise you, go with your gut where color is concerned.
The consumer of your image will see his or her own colors, there's no avoiding that. Observe what you think looks best in any moment in time and stick with it. With that vague, but hopefully empowering advice in mind, here's how to adjust colors in Photoshop.
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