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The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers Step Three: The second part is setting up Photoshop visually for color correction. Although having a colorful desktop background is fine when we're doing just about anything else in Photoshop, you'll rarely find a professional doing color correc- tion with a colorful desktop background. Why? Because that colorful background, which appears behind the image you're working on, changes how you perceive color. So much so, that it will influence how you color correct the photo. That's why the first thing pro photographers do when they're about to color correct an image is change their desktop back- ground to a neutral gray. ©SCOTT KELBY Step Four: To get the neutral gray correction back- ground, click on the center button (the group of three buttons) at the bottom of the Toolbox, but honestly it's faster to press the letter F once on your key- board. This immediately centers your photo onscreen and puts that neutral gray background around your photo. This view mode is technically called Full Screen Mode with Menu Bar, but unless you work at Adobe, you'll probably just call it "correction mode." To return to regular mode, just press the F key twice. (Note: If you're using a PC, you can also enlarge the Photoshop interface, which uses a gray background by default. Just click on the Maximize button in the top- right corner of the Photoshop window.) Now compare the captures on this page and ask yourself, "Which view would give me a better chance of a proper color cor- rection?" I thought you'd ask that. Color Correction Secrets Chapter 6 151