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Essential Color Optimization in Photoshop CS3

£9.50

This 110 page ebook explains all the things you need to know about the core Photoshop color adjustments and the tools we use to define and measure color.

It was written for the CS3 version of Photoshop, and will be updated later in 2014 with an interactive version. It's written by a professional retoucher who also teaches the subject, using the techniques every working day.

Length:
110 page
Level:
All levels

About this ebook

The ebook is written by a professional retoucher who also teaches the subject, using the techniques every working day. All the ‘recipes’ are proven to work and there are no missing ingredients. The step-by-step tutorials follow a natural progression, so you can advance your skills gradually. The logic behind the method is explained clearly, without jargon.

The most essential content is highlighted in bold italic, so that you can choose whether to skim them or follow in-depth. Note that color dialogs in post-CS3 Photoshop no longer open as a floating window, so it’s even easier to work with the methods described here (with a tiny bit of adaptation – no need to double-click to open a dialog).

Advanced Photoshop users can easily skim through, but for those who have the patience to look at each command in-depth, it’s all there. It’s easy to cross-reference the most important points via internal links. Page-hopping this way is ideal when screen viewing, and you can also print it out hi-res.

You can see a larger limited preview of the content in Google Books.

Its companion book, Essential Color Management has been replaced by the True Colors interactive ebook.

What you’ll learn

  • – Introduction
  • – Getting the image into pixels
  • – Getting the exposure right
  • – Processing Raw files
  • – Camera Raw interface
  • – Adobe Camera Raw converter
  • – Clarity vs sharpening controls
  • – Processing several raw files at once
  • – Color space (ICC profiles)
  • – Scanning
  • – Interpolation
  • – Noise: Good noise and bad noise
  • – The main color adjustments
  • – The Levels adjustment
  • – Reading histograms
  • – Images and their histograms
  • – The Curves adjustment
  • – RGB Curve shapes
  • – Curves in the individual channels
  • – Working with the Curves dialog CS3
  • – Highlights and shadows in Curves
  • – Knowing what to target in Curves
  • – Hue Saturation adjustment
  • – Selective Color adjustment
  • – Channel Mixer
  • – Other color adjustments
  • – Making color from scratch
  • – The Info Palette
  • – Understanding Channels
  • – Alpha channels and Quickmasks
  • – Using adjustment layers
  • – The adjustment workflow
  • – Tips for working with the tutorials
  • – Menus, keys and shortcuts
  • – Simple optimization of color
  • – More controlled optimization
  • – Controlling contrast and saturation
  • – Targeting Hue and Saturation
  • – Correcting neutrals quickly
  • – Using the Gray Eyedropper
  • – Memory colors
  • – Images with no neutrals
  • – Correcting non-neutrals
  • – High-key images
  • – Low-key images
  • – Dealing with over-exposure
  • – Dealing with under-exposure
  • – Contrast with Soft Light Mode
  • – Local color adjustments
  • – Gradient with masks – Part 1
  • – Gradients with masks – Part 2
  • – Advanced curves color correction
  • – Black & white appearance in RGB
  • – Fine tuning Black & White tones
  • – Minimum Dot for printing