Picture Postcard Workflow, Part 3 By Dan Margulis

2 hr 18 min

This series concludes with the third portion of Dan’s Picture Postcard Workflow

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Dan introduces the third part of his Picture Postcard series, recommended for almost all Photoshop users. This is a color contrast workflow that relies heavily on LAB in order to get bright, vivid colors
In this lesson we'll be going over some of the reasons for taking your images into LAB
Before starting there are three questions to ask about every image to determine what needs to be done in color correction
Keep in mind that cameras and the human eye do not see color the same way
There are instances when using multiply blend mode will do a better job of bringing out the color
Restrict the tonal adjustments by editing the layer mask
This method uses a LAB color adjustment to drive light colors apart and create contrast
Using the LAB color method with a portrait shot
Some images are going to be too difficult to adjust with the LAB multiply method
In a situation when the foreground objects are too dark to use multiplication, this workaround can save you
We have to be able to limit the color we introduce
Between the false profile and multiplication, this step will draw down everything that is not a bright color
It's time to apply these techniques to a series of images to show off this new workflow
Explore the use of layer masks to control contrast
Isolate the adjustment of certain colors in your image to bring out variation between the colors
You have to be able to recognize which method to use in different situations
Create more contrast using curves by forcing up the bottom half of the mask
It works well in certain cases and not so well in others, but keep experimenting and discovering what works for you
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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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