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Workshop

You are now at the end of what has likely been the busiest hour so far. You have covered many topics in this time as well as completing various color- and photograph-related tasks. No matter how well you have read all of this and done the tasks, this last section of the hour will help you check how much has sunk in. There are also a few optional exercises that will help you get used to the techniques used so far.

Q&A

Q1:What’s the best way to color-correct an image?
A1: There is no best way to color-correct an image. You studied a method that uses neutral tones, but it can also be done by eye if there’s another known color to check with, such as a skin tone. Levels and Curves are used primarily, but you can also use Hue/Saturation or even masks and blending.
Q2:What can I do if my histogram has lots of gaps or if it runs off the edge of the graph?
A2: All you can do is preserve the darkness of the shadows or highlights. Trying to lighten shadows with no detail will just make them a gray monotone. Trying to darken highlights will also result in gray. As soon as detail is lost, it’s gone. Try rescanning, if possible. If it’s a problem with the print, take it to a professional photo lab, where they can work on the image photographically.
Q3:Why can’t I use Paste to paste a bitmap object into a mask I’m editing?
A3: You must select the bitmap, not the mask, and use Paste as Mask from the Edit menu. Simply pasting data will create a new bitmap object, regardless of whether or not you’re in Mask Editing mode.


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