Once you select a specific color in your image, you can convert that color, and if you wish, those related to it, to an editable mask. In this video, Derrick Story shows you how to correct specific colors in Capture One Pro, which is an advanced image management and editing application for profession and enthusiast photographers.
- [Instructor] I want to revisit this series of photos because well, quite honestly, it gave us some fits before, didn't it? (laughs) This is a film shot that was scanned and we just ended up with some terrible color tense here. And I want to retain the film-like quality of the shot but some of these areas here, and look at her hair, it just needs help, it just needs help. Well, local adjustments can help us with this, now, here's the cool thing about what we're going to do in this movie.
You don't have to paint or mask all of this by hand in order to work on the correction, I'm going to show you a trick that I think you're going to like. So I'm going to do is I'm going to go down to the Color Editor here and we're just working in the basic layer right now, the base layer, and I'm going to use my Selection tool, my color picker, and I'm going to pick this area right down here, that really, just sort of as the heart of this color mess, right? And you see that we get our selection right here, terrific.
Now what I am going to do is I'm going to go up here to the three dots and I'm going to say Create Masked Layer from the Selection. So the application will work for a second, not very long, and you go well, that was exciting. Well, it is exciting actually, we have a layer up here and I can actually name this layer now, we'll just call this Offending Color, all right (laughs), and I'm going to go over here and let's turn on our mask, let's see what we got here.
So we'll Always Display Mask and look at that? See what it created for us? Isn't that neat? All right, so let's do something with that mask now that we have it, I'm going to go ahead and turn it off, so we'll go down here to only display when drawing and first I'll go to Exposure. Why am I going to exposure? Well, that's where saturation is, of course, right? And so we'll pull down the saturation a bit. And then, what I'm going to do is up the contrast a bit.
It's looking so much better already. And I will go to White Balance, don't want to do too much here but I'm just going to bring back a little bit of warmth. Green, we don't want to go but maybe just a little bit of magenta. And you're going, well, that might be too much, yup, yup, you might be right about that so we'll just back that off, I want that hair, something like that, and I like our contrast, I like what's going on with that.
Good, excellent. Now look at this and you go, okay, that's not bad, now we have an interesting artistic take on the shot instead of one that just drives us nuts. Let me turn off the offending color. See? There's where we were and here's where we are now. Now, as we're looking at this, you go, well, I like what happened to her but I sort of miss some of this color in the background here. Well, we can fix that, we could fix that. If we decide that we want that back, we already have the erase tool selected here, so why not just go ahead and erase that part of the mask? So I'll go ahead, just take this out, and remember, the shortcut for the erase tool is E, and just take this out, we'll just do this quickly.
Nothing more fun than watching someone work on a mask, all right (laughs). I'm going to leave that there, I'm not going to mess around up here in the hair 'cause I don't want to get near that. We just want a little bit of that color back in the wood, not in her, in the wood though. Okay, just like that. All right, good, there we go. I'm going to go ahead and hit the V key just so I don't accidentally do anything.
Alrighty, so now that's where we were, here's where we are now, she looks a lot better. I love this Converting a Selected Color to a Mask trick, you can use it for all sorts of stuff and it saves you a lot of time with the brush.
- Adjusting a specific hue with the Color Editor
- Minimizing an offending color in the Color Editor
- Fine tuning hues with Color Balance
- Exploring Color Balance presets
- Addressing a specific tone with the Curve tool
- Exposure adjustment tricks
- Using brushing tools in the Local Adjustments tab
- Making color corrections to specific areas
- Speeding up your workflow