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Chapter 8. Color Correction > Professional Color Correction

Professional Color Correction

We will look at the process of professional color correction in six parts: achieving good contrast, balancing colors, fine-tuning skin tones, saturation, sharpening, and converting to CMYK. You don't always have to perform all six parts, but the more you do, the better your result will be.

Achieve Good Contrast

No matter how you reproduce an image, you'll never be able to achieve as much contrast as was present when the photograph was taken. The brightest white your computer monitor can produce is nowhere near as bright as the one you'll see in real life. And the paper you print on isn't even as white as your computer screen. The same problem exists with the dark area of your image; your monitor can get only so dark, and ink on paper is not very dark; again, they pale in comparison to shades you can see in the real world. Given all this, you will usually want to use the full range of available contrast to get your image as close to reality as possible.


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