Most advanced users skip the Auto command. And I admit, in the past, Auto wasn't nearly as useful. But hidden within Auto are multiple methods for automatically analyzing and solving problems. One of those problems is color cast. And an adjustment layer with Auto curves has the ability to fix all sorts of color cast issues automatically for you instantly and accurately. Now, this image is a little bit of a color cast. It's not bad, but it's a tad green and it just doesn't have the richness that I'd like. Removing color cast with Auto Curves … [Read more...] about Removing color cast with auto curves in Photoshop
Most people think of a curves adjustment layer as being used for contrast. And built-in, are several recipes that you can try out, both presets and auto methods that are worth looking at. Let me show you. Now, the same process you learned for fixing color contrast issues also works for general contrast issue. Just go to adjustment, and click on the curve adjustment. Now hold on the option or alt key, and click on the word auto. This is gonna bring up a new dialogue, and you'll see some great choices here. One of the ones that I like is the … [Read more...] about Improving contrast with auto curves in Photoshop
Find Curves a little confusing? Try this simple tip. Most users will either use Curves a lot or they won’t use it at all. The Curves interface is more complex than Levels, which scares away many users. A Curves adjustment allows for up to 16 control points. This can significantly open up more options when adjusting color and exposure. But where do you click? Step 1: Add a Curves Adjustment Layer. Step 2: Click the icon that looks like a pointing finger. Step 3: Now just click and drag in the image to modify the curve. The control … [Read more...] about Quick Tip: Photoshop Curves Made Drop Dead Easy
Curves layers are one of the most misunderstood, yet more powerful adjustments you can make. Our images are all made up of pixels, which each have values for color and luminosity. With Curves adjustments, we can remap the pixels' values for these, changing them to be brighter or darker, or changing their color. In Skylum Software's Luminar you can add multiple curves filters, and make each layer target very specific parts of your image. This will give your images more depth, dimension, and beautiful color. Add Luminosity and Color … [Read more...] about How to Make Your Photos Look Great with Curves Layers in Luminar
The only constant thing in Apple is change, and thankfully-- one of the biggest changes to macOS includes an update to the Photos app! There's a lot more for us to play with now, but the biggest changes include a more logical organization, more tools to use while editing, and the ability to jump back forth to Photoshop. Organization The sidebar gets a great little makeover that makes a huge difference in terms of what you're seeing at first glance! The first thing that drew my attention is the little folder, called Media Types, that now … [Read more...] about Apple updates the Photos App in macOS High Sierra!
Editor's Note: This is an advanced tutorial. For a detailed explanation of these techniques, Lee is sharing see his post on LAB Masking. Everyone would agree that a great photo starts with a great capture—good composition, good light, good exposure, and a certain ineffable quality of magic that comes together at the moment the shutter is released. However, a great photo is not really finished at the moment of capture. That capture, however great it is, exists as pure potential until it is rendered viewable to an audience. Many times the full … [Read more...] about Adventure in Color and Tone – Lightroom vs Photoshop
Note: If the video doesn’t show up at first, please reload the page. How do I fix a photo that lacks contrast? from Lightroom: Tips and Quick Fixes by Richard Harrington How do I fix a photo that lacks contrast? A common complaint is that a photo often lacks contrast. It just doesn't seem to have that richness or depth that a good, strong image has. This could be really common if you're shooting under harsh lighting or low lighting levels. Let me show you some different strategies for quick fixes. Let's use our next image here and I'll go … [Read more...] about How do I fix a photo that lacks contrast in Lightroom?
What seems to be a misused phrase in the photography community is being made increasingly more confusing by those who don't understand what they're saying. In a conversation I had with an aspiring photographer about his editing process on a particular image, he shared some usual color correction tips and then said that he "crushed the blacks." Shortly afterward at work, I had a conversation with another photographer who ranted and raved about another local photographer because of how he "crushed the blacks" in all his images. He then … [Read more...] about The term “Crushed Blacks” has got people confused!
Editor's NOTE: Photofocus is proud to welcome master photo educator Lee Varis to our roster of authors! Subtle Adjustments Make all the Difference Every photo needs some amount of adjustment to enhance its presentation, even really good photos can benefit with the right adjustment. However, if you ask 5 different people what needs to be done, you'll get 5 different answers, or worse, no answers, simply, "it looks fine!" Things become really difficult when there is no obvious problem. There are simple things to check for, like making … [Read more...] about Color Correction for the Best Skin Tone
Most users will either use Curves a lot or they won't use it at all. The Curves interface is more complex than Levels, which scares away many users. While Levels gives you three control points (highlights, midtones, and shadows), the Curves adjustment allows for up to 16 control points. This can significantly open up more options when adjusting color and exposure. Lets try the Curves command on a practice image: Step 1. Open the file Curves_Practice.jpg. Step 2. Add a Curves adjustment layer by clicking the Curves button in the Adjustments … [Read more...] about Understanding the Curves Command in Photoshop
Shooting in the full midday sun can present creative challenges to any photographer. The high position and brightness of the sun projects an even downward cast, leaving an exposure void of the depth and dynamic range we're accustomed to in the long shadows of the morning and evening (golden) hours. While it may not always be convenient to schedule work at these ideal hours of the day, there are some ways to make the most of shooting in the broad spectrum of midday sun. http://youtu.be/FDuTPhGSp_I If you have any questions, please feel … [Read more...] about Fearless Full Sun Shooting