In previous live shows, we’ve looked at the fundamentals of post-production and retouching, but in this live show (the first of two-parts) Karl focusses on one particular, and very powerful element: colour.
Colour is an important part of photography, so knowing how to control and manipulate it in the post-production stages is a useful skill to have.
This live session, which builds on our Fundamentals of Post-Production and Live Photoshop Demonstration shows, goes into great detail about colour, how we can adjust, but also why and when we may want to adjust colour.
Throughout the show, Karl discusses four distinct points: Reasons to change colour; the importance of selections and masks when changing colour; colour reality; and ways to change colour.
To start, Karl goes into detail about some of the main reasons why we may want to change colour. These include:
- Colour correction
- Achieving a desired colour range (this could be client-driven)
- Minor colour corrections (often for skin retouching)
- Colour reduction
- Reduction in colour intensity
- Increase colour intensity
- Changes to the colours of a product
He then goes on to discuss the importance of selections and masks when changing colour, and why these skills are fundamental for accurate and realistic changes. Three particularly useful classes relating to this are our Master the Pen tool; Masking and using Masks; and The Selection tools tutorials.
Karl also discusses the concept of colour reality, namely colour temperature; visible light; colour interactions; mixed lighting sources; and measuring colour.
Finally, Karl also runs through the available Photoshop tools for adjusting colour, including:
- Camera RAW filter
- Adjustment layers: Levels, Curves, Vibrance, Hue/Saturation, Colour Balance, Photo Filter, Channel Mixer, Colour Lookup, Selective Colour; and Gradient Map
Of these different methods, Karl explains which of these he prefers to use and why and in part two of this show, you can see exactly how he uses his preferred tools to change and manipulate colour.
If you are unfamiliar with any of the techniques or concepts discussed in this show, please refer to the additional classes linked on this page. You’ll also find more information in many of the Photoshop classes in our post-production section.