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Chapter 9. Color Correction > Professional Color Correction

Professional Color Correction

Okay, you can start thinking in color again. We will look at the process of professional color correction in three parts: balancing colors, adjusting skin tones, and adjusting saturation. You don't always have to perform all three parts, but the more you do, the better your result will be.

Balancing Your Colors

To eliminate any color casts that are in your image, you'll need to look for color contamination in the gray areas of your image, and then use that information to help correct the whole image. Three standard areas of your image will usually contain a shade of gray: the brightest area of the image, which is known as the highlight; the darkest area of the image, which is known as the shadow (on most photos, the highlight and shadow areas shouldn't contain color); and a gray object in the image.


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