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Lesson 12. Creating Special Effects > Matching color schemes across images

Matching color schemes across images

Another innovation in Photoshop CS is the ability to coordinate different images by matching color palettes. In this final task, you’ll create a different version of the file that harmonizes the color schemes in the four images by matching the target image to the dominant colors in a source.

With your working file (Montage.psd) still open, choose File Save, and then choose Image > Duplicate.

Click OK in the Duplicate Image dialog box, without changing the default name (12Montage_copy).

With the 12Montage_copy image window active, scroll down the Layers palette to the Background layer and click the eye icon () to hide that layer. If the Background layer is selected, select any other layer.

On the Layers palette menu, choose Merge Visible.

Notice that the Layers palette has been reduced to two layers: Background and a merged layer with the same name as the layer that was selected at the end of Step 3.

Choose Image > Adjustments > Match Color to open the Match Color dialog box, and do the following:

  • Select the Preview option, if it is not already selected.

  • For Source, select 12Montage.psd (the original working file with all layers still unmerged) on the pop-up menu.

  • On the Layer pop-up menu, select the layer containing the pears image, as shown in the thumbnail to the right of the Source option. Observe the effect this has on the 12Montage_copy.psd image in the image window.

  • One by one, select the other layers and study the results shown in the image window. After you have seen how the various layers affect the image. You can also try out the Image Options by adjusting the sliders for Luminence, Color Intensity, and Fade, with or without the Neutralize option selected.

When you arrive at the selections you think do the best job of unifying the image and giving it the look you want, click OK to close the dialog box. (We used the pears-image layer and the default Image Options settings.)

In the Layers palette, make the Background layer visible again by clicking to set the eye icon ().

Choose File > Save.

You can use Match Color with any source file to create interesting and unusual effects. The Match Color feature is also useful for certain color corrections in some photographs. See Photoshop Help for more information.

You have completed Lesson 12, so you can now close the 12Start.psd and 12Start_copy.psd files.



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