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Color Correction of Digital Image

Color Correction  of Digital Image
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Copyright: David Phillips (riverfriends) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 907 W: 222 N: 1906] (7569)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-05-08
Categories: Decisive Moment, HPP [Heavily Post-Processed], Portrait
Camera: Olympus E-10
Exposure: f/4, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): My favorite Heavily processed shots, My Photoshop Tutorials [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-29 16:45
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Favorites: 3 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Color Correcting Digital Image from camera:
Removing unwanted color cast. [Adjust Color Sampling Tool FIRST as shown in Workshop]
Open image from Camera in Photoshop. Press ctrl+M for Curves. To set color reference for shadow areas, double-click on the black Eyedropper (First from the left) tool at lower right-hand side. A Color Picker will appear. Entering values and applied, it helps to remove color casts.
Enter values in R: 20, G: 20, and B: 20.
To set a preference making the highlight areas neutral, Double-click on the white Eyedropper, the Third Eye dropper.
Enter value: R: 244. G: 244, B: 244.
Set your mid-tone preference: Here Double-click on the mid-tone Eyedropper in the located in the middle of the three Eyedroppers.
Enter values: R: 133, G: 133, B: 133.
Note: We will be using these shortly.
Close the Curves dialog by clicking OK to exit. In the warning dialog, "Save the new target colors as defaults", Click ‘Yes’ to make this your New Default settings.
Marking Darkest & Lightest Points: Now in the Layers palette click on the half-white & half-black circle icon (at the bottom of the pallet) and choose Threshold.
In Threshold dialog, drag the Threshold Level slider all the way to the left. Now slowly drag the Threshold slider back to the right, until the first darkest part of your image appears.
To mark it, Click-and-hold on the Eyedropper tool in the Toolbox, and choose the Color Sampler tool. Click this Color Sampler ONCE on the area that is darkest and a target cursor will mark that spot. When you do this, the Info palette automatically appears onscreen. You don't need this palette right now, so you can close it. Go to the Layers palette and double-click on the adjustment layer thumbnail to bring up the Threshold dialog again, but this time drag the slider all the way to the right. Slowly drag the Threshold slider back toward the left; the first area that appears in white is the lightest part of your image. Click OK, and then click the Color Sampler tool ONCE on the brightest area to mark it as your highlight point.
Color Correction in Image:
In the Layers palette, click-and-drag the adjustment layer onto the Trash to delete it. Image looks normal, but now there are two target markers visible. Press ctrl+M to bring back Corves Dialog box again.
Select the shadow Eyedropper (the one half filled with black) from the bottom right. Taking it to the image, click once directly on the center of the No. 1 target. When you click on the No. 1 target, the shadow areas will be corrected. Note: If image looks nor right then undo and click again that the exact point.
While still in the Curves dialog, switch to the highlight Eyedropper (the one filled with white). Move your cursor over your photo and click once directly on the center of the No. 2 target to assign that as your highlight.
This will correct the highlight colors.

Click the mid-tone Eyedroppe (the middle of the three, half filled with gray) in the image that looks medium gray. This corrects the mid-tones, the difference may be very small, and some images may not have a medium gray. Go ahead and click it once at the spot that is medium gray (if you do have one).
Some Visual Corrections:  In the Curves grid, click on the center of the curve and drag it upward a bit to brighten the mid-tones of the image. It's up to you to determine how much to adjust. This concludes your process of correction to the highlights, mid-tones, and shadows, removing any color casts and brightening the
overall contrast.
Thank you for reading this. The WS reading id a Must before you do this.

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Hi Dave
Good to see this 'Film star ' again ..its a lot of reading(note ) and usefull WS. I made a copy of your note. Great idea! Thanks and a good weekend

Hi David, again very usefull recipe :-). Very good composition of the picture.TFS

Hello David :o)
Thanks for your so excellent notes ! You are the only one who gives such details. It's a great work you did, nice composition, congrat :o)
Good WE

Good evening David

Superb posting here, invaluable source of advice and information and your gallery is always an inspiration.

TFS regards Helen

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  • Tomek Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1264 W: 44 N: 3160] (18766)
  • [2007-06-29 23:12]

Hello David:)
Great lesson and great picture comparison. You did very good job here.
Portrait is lovely nice done.
TFS and best wishes - Tom

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2007-06-29 23:56]

Hi David,
Another informative step by step tutorial,were really lucky for your input,it takes time to write it all up& post
your most generous to do these for us amatuers & new Adobe users,much appreciated,thank you.


Great idea, great note!
Take care

Fantastic job, David, TFS! Just wished she'd had a smile is the only thing to say.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2007-06-30 2:11]

Thank you my Riverfriend - these tips look very, very handy - I have saved and printed them out, thank you.

She looks so much better now - thanks to you. You are a good teacher...


Hi David, great work, post edition, good colors and details

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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2007-06-30 17:49]

Hola David,
un sensacional trabajo,
una magnífica manera de hacer bellas cosas con las fotos, original idea,

Hi David
Very nice portrait and beautiful digital image.Well done.TFS.

  • janneman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 314 W: 7 N: 164] (1054)
  • [2007-07-01 11:05]

Wow Dave, I must say the result is indeed
" a bit " better ... :-)
I'll try your recipe !

TFS and the note !


Yet again some great PP work here, and most of all what's more valuable here is the note.


Hi David,

This is practical step by step editing image, with instant result. It's very useful note, it's simple instruction.
You are an excellent instructor and have big heart to share with us.


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1320 W: 31 N: 1634] (9994)
  • [2007-07-04 14:19]

Hi Dave

Some skillful PP work on correcting this shot. Great note. This will be so valuable for people starting out with photo editing



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  • eev Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 110 W: 53 N: 45] (1291)
  • [2007-07-05 23:34]

David.. you are very good and helpful.. best pp note I've seen to date.

Hi David
Nice composition and POV. The colors and light are very well. TFS.

WOW! Such details in this tutorial.
Wonderful realization with this process.

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 579 W: 70 N: 644] (4308)
  • [2007-07-11 18:01]

Hello David!
It's a good lesson on how we can use PS tools in order to enhance diffrent aspects of the capture. Thanks!

Hi David,
Thank You very much for giving advices and trying to help the amateurs like me with a complete lesson.

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