Synopses & Reviews
Here's your key to perfect color in digital images
Fine-tune brightness, contrast, and tone with Photoshop® Elements and these tips
Shooting great photos is only half the battle—tweaking the details in your digital darkroom makes the difference between so-so images and spectacular ones. This book is packed with examples to guide you through understanding color basics, correcting brightness and contrast, getting the exact tone and hue, and creating perfect prints—in full color, of course!
Discover how to
- Build a viewing booth
- Create and apply color profiles
- Use adjustment layers to correct contrast
- Achieve great-looking skin tones
- Save money with accurate soft proofs
What the book covers: the main features of color management including understanding light, matching what your camera captures to your displays and prints, setting your computer’ s color space, picking your printer’ s color space, color management tools, using color spaces, calibrating your printer, an more. Series features: Information presented in the straightforward but fun language that has defined the Dummies series for more than a dozen years.
- Shows digital photo enthusiasts how to ensure that the color in an image file is accurately represented and reproduced, from camera or scanner to monitor or printer
- Packed with color management solutions that will help novices create picture-perfect images
- Discusses the main components of color management including understanding light, matching digital images to displays and prints, working with color spaces, calibrating a printer, and using color management tools
- Familiarizes readers with the various color management tools that help calibrate consistent picture quality
About the Author
first began his interest in amateur photography as a Peace Corps volunteer in Venezuela. He toured five Latin American countries, collecting shoeboxes of slides he hopefully will one day sort out. Upon completion of his two-year Peace Corps tour, he attended the New York Institute of Photography in Manhattan when it was a resident school, earning a diploma in Commercial Photography.
In 2004, he retired from his Digital Imaging Service Bureau and Custom Photo Finishing Lab after 15 years of owning and operating three facilities. He has authored over 25 computer books on Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements, and Adobe Illustrator. Today, he spends his time writing and speaking nationally and internationally on Acrobat PDF and digital imaging.
Don Mason is a graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California. He has been a professional photographer for more than three decades and works in virtually every aspect of commercial photography. Don first started using a computer in 1999, when he didn’t believe that digital imaging would ever replace his wing lynch system used for processing all his E-6 film and his darkroom where he made his own C-prints. After 4 years of intensive work in Adobe Photoshop, he abandoned his analog film lab and went completely digital. Today, he divides his time shooting professional commercial photography and printing art prints for a wide range of clients on his two, oversized Epson inkjet printers.
Table of Contents
Part I: The Basics of Color Editing.
Chapter 1: Understanding Color.
Chapter 2: Controlling Lighting.
Chapter 3: Calibrating Your Monitor.
Chapter 4: Color Profiles and File Formats.
Part II: Image Brightness and Contrast Corrections.
Chapter 5: Making Tonal and Brightness Corrections.
Chapter 6: Correcting Contrast.
Chapter 7: Using Adjustment Layers.
Part III: Color Corrections.
Chapter 8: Identifying Color Problems.
Chapter 9: Color Correcting Skin Tones.
Chapter 10: Using Levels and Color Variations to Make Color Corrections.
Chapter 11: Advanced Color-Correction Methods.
Chapter 12: Camera Raw Color Correction.
Part IV: Finishing Work.
Chapter 13: Printing.
Chapter 14: Soft Proofing Color.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 15: Ten Tips for Better Tone and Color.
Chapter 16: Ten Reasons to Upgrade to Photoshop.