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Part 1: Color and Tonal Corrections1

Part 1: Color and Tonal Corrections1

Perhaps the most important image adjustment you can make is to the colors in your image. While most viewers can forgive an image that's slightly out of focus or not as sharp as it could be, colors that don't match up to our expectations stick out like a sore thumb. Thankfully, Photoshop has a comprehensive set of color correcting tools that are ready to tackle even the most off-color image. In this part, we'll take a detailed look at each tool and explain how you can use it to get the perfect color balance.


 

Chapter 1: Color Correction

 

Improve the color in your images with Curves

 

Adjust hue and saturation to selectively colorize an image

 

Correct color with the Variations command

 

Keep colors consistent with the Match Color command

 

Correct color with the Color Replacement tool

 

Change color with Replace Color

 

Problem : Solution Use the Levels command to correct color casts

 

Problem : Solution Mellow oversaturated colors

 

Chapter 2: Tonal Correction

 

Determine tonal quality by reading a histogram

 

Use Auto Contrast to automatically correct an image

 

Add missing detail to your images

 

Improve tonal range with the Shadow/Highlight command

 

Correct exposure problems with dodging and burning

 

Problem : Solution Restore underexposed shadow detail

 

Problem : Solution Restore overexposed photos


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