Picture Postcard Workflow, Part 3, with Dan Margulis

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

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

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction (Duration 06:56)

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

Lesson 2: Do You Really Want To Do This? (Duration 07:16)

In this lesson we'll be going over some of the reasons for taking your images into LAB

Lesson 3: Assessing Your Image (Duration 05:25)

Before starting there are three questions to ask about every image to determine what needs to be done in color correction

Lesson 4: Color Perception (Duration 08:51)

Keep in mind that cameras and the human eye do not see color the same way

Lesson 5: Sober Reflection (Duration 04:12)

Pre-Press Rules !

Lesson 6: Multiply (Duration 06:15)

There are instances when using multiply blend mode will do a better job of bringing out the color

Lesson 7: Edit the Mask (Duration 06:12)

Restrict the tonal adjustments by editing the layer mask

Lesson 8: Man From Mars Maneuver (Duration 13:47)

This method uses a LAB color adjustment to drive light colors apart and create contrast

Lesson 9: Working with Skin Tone (Duration 02:25)

Using the LAB color method with a portrait shot

Lesson 10: Problematic Images (Duration 05:02)

Some images are going to be too difficult to adjust with the LAB multiply method

Lesson 11: False Profiles (Duration 11:26)

In a situation when the foreground objects are too dark to use multiplication, this workaround can save you

Lesson 12: Variation (Duration 09:01)

We have to be able to limit the color we introduce

Lesson 13: Intermediate Step (Duration 06:59)

Between the false profile and multiplication, this step will draw down everything that is not a bright color

Lesson 14: Speeding Things Up (Duration 05:29)

It's time to apply these techniques to a series of images to show off this new workflow

Lesson 15: Knowing What Tool to Use and When (Duration 06:45)

Explore the use of layer masks to control contrast

Lesson 16: The CMYK Move (Duration 09:34)

Isolate the adjustment of certain colors in your image to bring out variation between the colors

Lesson 17: Avoid Using the Wrong Tool (Duration 06:32)

You have to be able to recognize which method to use in different situations

Lesson 18: U-Shaped Curve (Duration 05:11)

Create more contrast using curves by forcing up the bottom half of the mask

Lesson 19: Evaluating the Picture Postcard Workflow (Duration 11:38)

It works well in certain cases and not so well in others, but keep experimenting and discovering what works for you

Meet Your Instructor: 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…


  1. I really enjoyed the course. I am sure its going to change how I process photos. I am going to take it again and I think by then it will stick. Thanks for taking the time to produce this.

  2. Dan Margulis on his own as made my subscription completely worth every penny. My knowledge of Photoshop has increased exponentially after purchasing my subscription, and I just want to thank everyone at kelbytraining.com for putting this together. My only suggestion is have Dan show us is sharpening workflow! London, UK

  3. Dan Margulis is truly a magician; that is, he makes the result of such years of work and reflection appears magical. And if we study hard on his videos and his books, he makes us believe that we are more clever (another magical trick !!)

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