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Lesson 10. Creating Special Effects > Changing the color balance

Changing the color balance

Now you'll use an adjustment layer to adjust the color balance on this set of pears. You can apply any of the many color correction tools in Adobe Photoshop to an adjustment layer. You can also apply color adjustments to a regular layer or to a channel. ImageReady has many of the same color correction features as Photoshop, but they cannot be applied to adjustment layers or channels, because you cannot create or edit adjustment layers or channels in ImageReady.

Making color adjustments to a channel or a regular layer permanently changes the pixels on that layer. With an adjustment layer, in contrast, your color and tonal changes reside only within the adjustment layer and do not alter any pixels. The effect is as if you were viewing the visible layers through the adjustment layer above them. This lets you try out color and tonal adjustments without permanently changing pixels in the image. (You can also use adjustment layers to affect multiple layers at once.)


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