Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Correcting color pt. 3: Fine-tuning , part of Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Desktop Printing Techniques.
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So now that we have this image pretty close to neutral, how do we then finish it off? Because one of the things that you may have noticed is that our numbers aren't quite right. Now, our number 2 point here on the button, I'm not going to really worry about, again, because its reflective, we are seeing quite a bit of color in there, but I'm going to worry about these two numbers: number 1 and number 3. Now, number 3, there is still quite a bit of blue in this area or these tones of the shirt. How can I then fix that? I want to create yet another Curves adjustment. So I'll click on the Adjustment Layer icon, I'll navigate up to Curves. Now that I'm up in Curves what I'm going to do is I'm going to navigate to the Blue-Yellow Channel. I'll then grab the Target Adjustment tool. I'll hover over this area of the image, and I'm going to click and drag it down, because I want to bring this number down.
Now, these numbers are a little bit closer here. We can see that I'm bringing these numbers down a bit. Now, I don't like how it affected the brighter tones. So I'm going go ahead and click and drag the top part of the curve back up, so it's a little bit more normal. Well, so far so good, except we now see that the blue is a little bit low down here. So let's go ahead and grab the Target Adjustment tool, hover over this area, and here we are going to go ahead and click and drag up. So we are going to bring back some of that color. So what we did is we were able to localize a correction to a real specific area in this photograph. Here is our before and if we zoom in on the shirt, we should see the shift here, our before and then our after. Well, that's looking a little bit better.
Then we have this red to deal with up top. Well, let's go to our Red Cyan Channel. So in our Red Cyan Channel we will continue to use this tool, where we can click on the image and change the values, and here what we are going to do is click and drag up. Now when I do that, I have a little bit better color in the shirt. These are a little bit closer to neutral. I want to hold down the Shift key and move this around to see how this is looking. Now when I do that, I realize I went a little bit too far. So I'm going to go ahead and click on that point and drag down just a touch, and again, I don't need to have these perfect, but I do want them to be a little bit closer.
Now, at the top we have a little bit of a higher number up there in my darker shadow, so again, I can use this particular tool and click and drag down, and just look to try to equalize those numbers just a touch there. Now, do they have to be exactly the same? Do they have to be all 13 or all 40? Well, no, not at all. We will go ahead and zoom out for a moment though and take a look at our correction. So here is our before and then after. Now, well, I think that correction is a little bit better. We want to Shift-click and move these points around and just see how the colors are doing.
One of things that I'm noticing is that my red is just a little bit too high there. So I'll go ahead and click on this point and drag that down a bit. I'm going to go ahead and be a little bit satisfied with the touch lower red there. So part of color correcting is going to be quite a bit of give and take. It's going to be sampling a point, moving it, modifying your curves, and so on. I think the color in this image is looking a ton better. Let's take a look at our before and after. Here is before and then here is our after. Now, that final little adjustment there that we made in this movie so far wasn't significant touch.
Now, at this juncture though one of the things that I'm noticing is now that this image is color correct, we have a little bit too much in the red, in the face, and I want to neutralize the tones in the face a bit. I want to enhance this image. I want to make a subjective adjustment. Right now we have just been working objectively to try to get correct color. Well, what about getting interesting color? Well, we will talk about that in the next movie.
- Implementing a color-managed workflow
- Creating color-correct prints
- Advanced image sharpening techniques
- Using typography with promo materials
- Working with print layouts and montages
- Considering paper and printer choices
- Soft-proofing to ensure stunning results
- Optimizing the print workflow
- Converting to CMYK and going to press