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Adjusting temperature and tint

From: iPhoto '11 Essential Training

Video: Adjusting temperature and tint

Down here at the bottom of the Adjust pane is Temperature and Tint and these are pretty good sliders and rather powerful. And one of the things I like about them is that we also have an Eyedropper tool to help us sort of get started with finding the right color. So I am going to go to Full Screen mode and this time I am just going to use the keyboard command, Option+Command+F, and I shot this image inside the Dom and it's not bad in terms of color.

Adjusting temperature and tint

Down here at the bottom of the Adjust pane is Temperature and Tint and these are pretty good sliders and rather powerful. And one of the things I like about them is that we also have an Eyedropper tool to help us sort of get started with finding the right color. So I am going to go to Full Screen mode and this time I am just going to use the keyboard command, Option+Command+F, and I shot this image inside the Dom and it's not bad in terms of color.

It's a little warm and I used a White Balance adjustment and I might have overdone it a bit. So what I like to do is cool it off a bit and that's what these sliders do. The Temperature slider basically allows you to cool off an image or add blue to it, or warm-up an image adding yellowish-orange to it. Then the Tint slider works more with magenta and green. Now, generally speaking, most of your adjustments will be with the Temperature slider and I'll show you the best way to get started with this and get your Tint adjustment, if it needs to be adjusted at all, and that's with the Eyedropper tool.

So again, I click on the Eyedropper tool right now and you'll always get this little message down here. Pick a neutral gray or white point in the photo to remove the color cast. So this is basically an automatic color corrector. Now, it takes sometimes a little hunting around to find the right spot. You can do something really bad. If you, let's say, go on this, which is not white nor gray, and you can see right away, well, that's definitely not an improvement.

So I am going to do Command+Z. So when I say white point, gray or white, they're sort of serious. Now, probably a better spot up here. It's just right up here. So let's click up here and that is more what I'm talking about. I just wanted to remove a little bit of that yellowish-orange color and you see that our slider here made a change and that the Tint slider also made a change. So let's undo that and so you can pay attention to that again.

I do Command+Z. So right now we're at -6 and 6114, and then I take the automatic dropper and I go over here. So it cools it off a bit, which is what I wanted, and it actually changed the Tint a bit also. Now, the cool thing about the Eyedropper is that after you do the automatic adjustment, if you want you can fine- tune it, but it's really a good starting point, because sometimes you'll look at an image and you just don't know what to do, and that will help you.

So now if I wanted to bring some of that warmth back, I could bring just a little bit back or if I want to make it even cooler and more castley I could cool it off a bit. So you have your choice but the Eyedropper helps you get started. Now, one question that comes up a lot around these sorts of adjustments is where do I start? Generally speaking, you start at the top and work your way down, or start with what's worst.

So for instance, if the color is way off, for example, if this is the way the image looked when you captured it, then you want to start with your color adjustment before you do Exposure, Contrast, and all that because that is the part of the image that is worse off. Okay and we will fix that right now. Let's go back up here and we'll kind of bring it back into line. If on the other hand the Exposure is way off, this is the way that your shot looks, then you want to start with the Exposure.

So Temperature and Tint, they're very good in iPhoto. Start with the Eyedropper tool. That will get you to a pretty good spot. Most of the time you can stop right there and then if you want to fine-tune it, use these individual sliders and your image will look terrific.

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iPhoto '11 Essential Training

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  1. 4m 58s
    1. Welcome
      1m 9s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 49s
    3. What's new in iPhoto '11?
      1m 39s
    4. OS X Mavericks 10.9 iPhoto version update NEW
      21s
  2. 20m 33s
    1. Preparing to install iPhoto '11
      3m 2s
    2. Launching iPhoto for the first time and updating your existing Library
      4m 4s
    3. Importing images from your camera
      4m 50s
    4. Importing photo files
      4m 3s
    5. Importing movies
      2m 17s
    6. Working in Full Screen view
      2m 17s
  3. 40m 53s
    1. Importing the exercise files and organizing by Event
      1m 59s
    2. Understanding Events
      3m 43s
    3. Hiding photos
      1m 50s
    4. Flagging photos
      3m 3s
    5. Finding people using Faces
      3m 52s
    6. Adding people to Faces
      2m 8s
    7. Managing the Faces corkboard
      2m 14s
    8. Organizing by location with Places
      2m 9s
    9. Geotagging images
      7m 4s
    10. Creating albums
      1m 54s
    11. Viewing albums in Full Screen mode
      3m 37s
    12. Creating Smart Albums
      3m 36s
    13. Creating folders
      1m 46s
    14. Exploring the Project view
      1m 58s
  4. 17m 15s
    1. Understanding metadata
      3m 1s
    2. Rating your photos
      4m 27s
    3. Displaying photos by rating
      2m 57s
    4. Adding keywords
      3m 13s
    5. Finding photos by keyword
      3m 37s
  5. 29m 6s
    1. Switching to Edit mode
      2m 3s
    2. Cropping photos
      3m 30s
    3. Straightening photos
      1m 37s
    4. Making automatic corrections with Enhance
      2m 18s
    5. Removing red-eye
      3m 5s
    6. Retouching photos
      3m 10s
    7. Rotating photos
      1m 39s
    8. Using the Effects palette
      4m 8s
    9. Duplicating photos
      3m 5s
    10. Reverting to the original
      2m 4s
    11. Comparing photos while editing
      2m 27s
  6. 34m 53s
    1. Working in the Adjust tab
      1m 0s
    2. Adjusting levels
      4m 12s
    3. Adjusting exposure and contrast
      3m 31s
    4. Adjusting color saturation
      3m 43s
    5. Adjusting definition
      2m 10s
    6. Adjusting highlights and shadows
      2m 26s
    7. Adjusting sharpness and reducing noise
      4m 19s
    8. Adjusting temperature and tint
      4m 19s
    9. Copying adjustments and pasting them to multiple photos
      3m 51s
    10. Working with RAW files in iPhoto
      5m 22s
  7. 25m 42s
    1. Emailing photos from iPhoto
      4m 22s
    2. Emailing photos the old-fashioned way
      4m 5s
    3. Setting up your email account in iPhoto
      3m 43s
    4. Sharing your photos via Facebook
      3m 16s
    5. Sharing your photos via Flickr
      4m 35s
    6. Sharing your photos via MobileMe
      1m 26s
    7. Creating a web gallery
      4m 15s
  8. 20m 59s
    1. Creating a slideshow
      1m 46s
    2. Customizing slideshow settings
      5m 2s
    3. Exporting a slideshow to QuickTime
      4m 19s
    4. Managing movies in your iPhoto library
      5m 26s
    5. Creating a DVD from iPhoto
      4m 26s
  9. 41m 45s
    1. Exporting photos
      4m 57s
    2. Printing photos
      7m 57s
    3. Ordering prints
      2m 22s
    4. Creating a calendar
      7m 11s
    5. Creating a photo book
      7m 40s
    6. Selecting output options for your photo book
      4m 6s
    7. Creating greeting cards
      4m 15s
    8. Setting output options for your greeting cards
      2m 11s
    9. Viewing all your calendars, books, and cards
      1m 6s
  10. 16m 14s
    1. Customizing iPhoto preferences
      7m 7s
    2. Burning a backup CD or DVD
      4m 37s
    3. Backing up to an external hard drive
      1m 53s
    4. Creating iPhoto libraries and switching between them
      2m 37s
  11. 1m 45s
    1. Final thoughts
      1m 45s

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