There Are No Bad Originals, Part 2 By Dan Margulis

2 hr 25 min

In the second part of this series, Dan Margulis works through a new set of images while demonstrating his methods for color correction. Dan moves images into and out of the LAB color space, he uses his Man from Mars method, employs channels as layer masks, and makes sharpening adjustments using filters. Throughout the course, Dan urges viewers to question what constitutes a bad image and which version of an image is truly the original. Find out how to improve the color quality of your digital images by following along with this course.

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Dan discusses what he will be covering in the course.
Getting rid of a blue color cast
Boost the colors in this grey picture using LAB color space adjustments
Dan would much prefer to have an image that is too colorful as opposed to working with one that does not have enough color.
It is important when doing color correction to not take colors to the extreme
In this lesson, Dan adjusts the color on a very dark photo that was taken without much ambient light.
Working with a photo of a ballet dancer under blue lights
Using curves to get rid of a big color cast and then applying a layer mask.
Getting rid of red spots from the skin on the knees, legs and feet
Using the Man from Mars method to correct some images of a flower.
This complex correction involves isolating a variety of colors found in this studio shot.
This ocean image shows strong highlight detail which needs contrast.
Bringing contrast to the clouds in the sky, while still maintaining balance with the trees, and the building in the foreground.
This intense color has blocked out all of the detail in the shot.
Comparing the Raw version with the JPEG version.
Is the RAW file the real original?
Trying to bring back the detail in petro glyphs that have been bleached out.
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Dan Margulis


Dan Margulis is internationally regarded as the leading authority on color correction. He is the author of Professional Photoshop, which, since its first edition in 1994, has become the unofficial bible of the prepress and printing industries. His column, "Makeready," which focuses on practical production issues, appears in both Photoshop...

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  1. Profile photo of Ron Brickey Ron Brickey

    how do you know what blend modes to use. What determins a good channel to blend or not to blend.

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