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Should You Correct Colors?

Should You Correct Colors?

Color correction is complex, and the necessary tools are also usually complex. Apple did a fairly good job with giving iPhoto 5 basic color-correction tools in the Adjust window, and many photos can be improved with judicious color correction. Of course, iPhoto's tools are still limited in comparison to those in programs like Adobe Photoshop; in particular, iPhoto's tools always affect the entire image, rather than letting you select a portion of the image to correct.

Now that you know how hard it is to achieve reliable, predictable results, should you color correct your photos using iPhoto or another program? It depends on how much you want to play. For those who don't like to fuss, don't bother. If you like fiddling with your photos so you can make them just right, go ahead. And for the majority of us who fall between those two poles, I recommend doing manual color correction only on those images you like the most and that will benefit from it the most. Remember, the “right” color is the one that looks right to you.


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