With color equalizations, it is important to exercise discretion, or the overall effect can look garish. The goal of this video is to learn how to "tamp down" the effect using the opacity slider to the visually appropriate point.
- [Instructor] Sometimes nature and all its imperfections … seems pretty perfect to me. … When you take a photo of something that is pretty perfect, … you want to be careful in post-production … about messing around too much. … So it goes with Photoshop filters, plug-ins, … and modifications in post-production, … and nowhere more true than when using … LAB channel equalizations as an adjustment for colors. … At a 100% opacity, an LAB channel equalization, … such as the A channel adjustment shown here, … most likely will look artificial and garish. … My recommendation is to never go above … about 20% net opacity with one of these equalizations, … and often, to stay far below that. … I've used LAB channel equalizations … at four and 5% of net opacity to great effect, … when even one or two percentage points higher … would have blown the whole image out of good taste. … I've used the word net in relationship to opacity. … What exactly do I mean by that? … Well, when you hide a layer … with a black hide-all-layer mask, …
- Converting images to Lab Color space
- Applying Curves to Lab channels
- Selective sharpening
- Inverting channels
- Making per-channel equalizations
- Using the Lab action
- Combining Lab Color with blending modes
- Making patterns with Lab images
Skill Level Advanced
Photoshop: Backgrounds and Textureswith Harold Davis2h 18m Intermediate
Enhancing Landscape Photos with Photoshop and Lightroomwith Ben Long1h 30m Intermediate
Enhancing Night and Low-Light Photos with Photoshopwith Seán Duggan2h 12m Intermediate
1. Fine-Tuning an Image with LAB and Curves
2. Using the Inversion Adjustment
Inverting the A channel3m 25s
3. Working with Equalizations
4. A Palette of Lab Possibilities
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