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Chapter 6. Correcting Your Colors >  Color Correction Made Easy

Color Correction Made Easy

Entire books have been written on sophisticated color correction techniques, but I’m going to make the process fairly easy. I’ll start out with several traditional ways to correct color in images, and move on to some newer, easier alternatives. You can select the method you’re most comfortable with: hands-on, seat-of-the-pants correction, or the simple, automated alternatives provided by Photoshop.

Just keep in mind that as you try to improve the color balance, brightness/contrast, and other attributes of photographs, that none of the following methods can add detail or color that isn’t there. All techniques work well with photographs that have, say, all the colors somewhere, but with too much of one hue or another. The extra color can be removed, leaving a well-balanced picture behind. Or, you can beef up the other colors, so they are in balance once again. Photoshop can do that by changing some pixels that are relatively close to the color you want to increase to that exact color.


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