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The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers Step Seven: Okay, now that you've entered your pref- erences (target colors) in the Curves dia- log, you're going to use these Eyedropper tools that reside in the Curves dialog to do most of your correction work. Your job is to determine where the shadow, midtone, and highlight areas are, and then click the correct Eyedropper in the right place (you'll learn how to do that in just a moment). So remember your job: Find the shadow, midtone, and highlight areas, and click the correct Eyedropper in the right spot. Sounds easy, right? It is. You start by setting the shadows first, so you'll need to find an area in your photo that's supposed to be black. If you can't find something that's supposed to be the color black, then it gets a bit trickier--in the absence of something black, you have to determine which area in the image is the darkest. If you're not sure where the darkest part of the photo is, you can use a trick to have Photoshop tell you exactly where it is. Step Eight: If you still have the Curves dialog open, click OK to exit it for now. You'll get a warning dialog asking you if you want to "Save the new target colors as defaults." Click Yes, and from that point on, you won't have to enter these values each time you correct a photo, because they'll already be entered for you-- they're now the default settings. Continued Color Correction Secrets Chapter 6 155