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Chapter 8. Understanding Colors and Channels > Using the Variations Adjustment

Using the Variations Adjustment

Photoshop's Variation adjustment gives you a look at how working with analogous and complimentary colors impacts the color in a Photoshop document. For example, if an image has an overall green cast, it needs additional magenta. Understanding how colors interact and work to produce different colors helps you decide the correct course of action to take, and the Variations adjustment is an excellent teacher.

Use the Variations Adjustment

Open a document.

Click the Image menu, point to Adjustments, and then click Variations.

The Original and Current Pick are displayed in the upper-left portions of the Variations dialog box.

To restore the image, click Original any time during the adjustment process.

Click the Shadows, Midtones, Highlights, or Saturation options to apply a color shift.

Drag the Fine/Coarse slider to determine how much change occurs with each adjustment.

Select the Show Clipping check box to display a mask over areas of the image outside of the CMYK printable color space.

Click the color thumbnails surrounding the image to add specific colors to the Current Pick.

Click Lighter or Darker to change the brightness of the image.

Click OK.


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