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Tuesday’s Tips and Tricks – Basic Color Correction

I haven’t done a step-by-step process in awhile… let’s see if this works. 🙂  Today I’m going to show you the basic starting steps on how to color-correct an image.  Exciting right!?!? There are MANY ways to do things in photoshop… this is just one way.

Ok… so first, you open an image in Photoshop. This is a picture of my cute nephew.

Next, with your layers panel open… go to the bottom of the panel and click on the half black/half white circle (create a new fill or adjustment layer).

This will open a pop-up menu.

Click on Curves in that pop-up menu.

After clicking on Curves, the below pop-up window will appear.

In that box… in the top left corner, you will see an option that says: CHANNEL [RGB].  click on RGB and select the Red Channel.

This will bring up a red chart.  Ok.  Now look under the red chart.  See the bar that is black and fades to white?  It says input under it.

Under that bar you will find a black little triangle.  You are going to click on that triangle and drag it to the right until it moves the red dot to where the graff starts to spike or turn red. (each image is different… so if your graff is already spread out to the ends… no need to color correct.)

Next do the same thing with the little white triangle.  Move it to the left until it is where the red starts to appear.

Now go back up to the Channel option and click on GREEN.

Move the triangles.

and then go to the BLUE channel.

Move the triangles.

Then click OK.

Once again… this doesn’t work with every image… but it’s a good starting point to color correct your images.

After this, you can still go back into Curves and fine-tune the color.

So Here is the BEFORE image…

And Here is the AFTER image…

Below is after fine-tuning the curve a little more.  I look at the image and if it looks a little yellow… I add a little more blue.  If it looks a little green I add a little more magenta.  And if it looks a little red I add a little more cyan.  And visa versa.

(“add a little more” meaning when you look at the… for example RED channel…  there is a diagonal line that goes across the graff.  If you click on that line and drag it up the image will appear more red and if you drag it down the image will appear more cyan.)

Small adjustments go a long way!  Don’t over do it.

Thanks for reading our Tuesday’s Tips & Tricks!  Come back for more!

2 responses to “Tuesday’s Tips and Tricks – Basic Color Correction

  1. Shelli March 6, 2010 at 10:52 am

    This is so cool, Jenni! Thanks for these tips … WAY helpful.

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