Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video White balancing with Curves, part of Photoshop CS3 Portrait Retouching Essentials.
In this movie, we will be working on dylan.jpg and we will be using Curves to color-correct this image. Go and double click that file to open it up in Photoshop. Press F two times to take it to Full Screen View mode. Then press your spacebar to reposition the image near the top part of the screen. This will help us have good posture. So we are looking up and we are not looking down. We are going to color-correct this image with Curves and Curves as an adjustment layer. So go ahead and go over to the Layers palette and click on the Adjustment Layer icon and choose good old friendly neighborhood, Curves.
This will open up the Curves dialogue window. Now we want to reposition that dialogue window so we can see our image. Now here's something that's really cool. We actually have access to the Hand tool by pressing the spacebar key. That way, we can move the image over to the left so we can see the important part of the image, which is the face and then color-correct it appropriately. Now with this particular image, we are going to be color-correcting with the gray-point eyedropper or the midtone eyedropper. So we are going to go ahead and select that in the Curves dialogue window and then click on something that we think is about middle grey and I think this T-shirt is pretty close to that.
So I'm going to go ahead and click on that, that is a wonderful color adjustment. Warm the image up, made that tone neutral on the shirt, took away that blue color cast, absolutely love that. I'm going to expand my Curve Display Options here because by default, very often you'll have Channel Overlays turned on. Now that's really helpful because you can see how it's color-corrected the red, the green and the blue channel. In my case, I want that checked off because I want to focus in on the RGB color channel and mine was already checked off because I had done that previously but if your's is checked on, go ahead and click that off because it will help us work on the rest of the image which has to do with its color and its tone.
All that I want to do here in the RGB composite view mode is brighten the image a tad bit, darken my shadows, good old S curve and then click OK. Now that I've clicked OK, I'm going to click on the eye icon to show my before and after, press the spacebar key to reposition this image. Here's my before and after. Now one quick word of caution; when you're color-correcting something that's cool, the image is going to look like it is going warm. It is actually going neutral, it is going a little warm but it looks like it is going too warm because in juxtaposition to the coolness, it is quite a leap.
So look away from your monitor, look back to determine if the image looks good.
Those wishing to see these skills applied in greater detail may also enjoy Photoshop CS3 Portrait Retouching Techniques.
- Strategizing a retouching workflow
- Correcting color and tone
- Cleaning up images in Camera Raw
- Removing distractions
- Enhancing structure and symmetry
- Reducing and removing wrinkles
- Sculpting facial features and body parts
- Whitening and brightening teeth
- Changing eyes
- Smoothing skin
Skill Level Intermediate
Photoshop CS3 Portrait Retouching Techniqueswith Chris Orwig8h 35m Intermediate
Beyond Skin: Going Deeper with Photoshop CS3with Lee Varis3h 56m Intermediate
1. Retouching Roadmap
2. Correcting Color and Tone
3. Cleaning Up Images in Camera Raw
4. Cleaning Up Images in Photoshop
5. Structural Image Enhancements
6. Reducing and Removing Wrinkles
7. Enhancing Eyes
8. Enhancing Eyelashes and Eyebrows
9. Improving Hair
10. Improving Faces and Bodies
11. Fixing Teeth
12. Improving Makeup
13. Enhancing Skin
14. Softening Skin
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