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Color Techniques For Retouching

Lesson 26 of 30

Adobe Capture: Color


Color Techniques For Retouching

Lesson 26 of 30

Adobe Capture: Color


Lesson Info

Adobe Capture: Color

We are gonna show you some color things. More color, 'cause we love color. I have been working on a book cover project. On the book cover projects there has been-- It's a romance book cover project, so there's very romantic, jewely colors, and there was a lot of conversation between me and the author about what colors she liked, and what she wanted. We happened to be at a restaurant and she said, "I'd like it to be like this room." This, you know, this is basically the-- We were in a restaurant that looked a little Victorian for her. She wanted those colors, and I said, "Oh, really? "That's good," and I pulled out my camera, and I took a picture of the room. This is not the room I took a picture of. This happens to be the wall over here at Create Live. I took this over in the lunchroom. I used a Creative Cloud program called Adobe Capture. It comes with the Cloud, you probably have it. You just haven't downloaded the phone app. It's fantastic. She can tell you, it's fantastic. When you...

take a picture of the room, or a wall, or a person, or whatnot, Adobe Capture is gonna say, "Hey, you like these colors?" If you notice here, it's picking some colors. You can move these dots as you like. You move around the room. It'll pick different colors, and actually it can get a little tricky how much stuff you can change and do with it. Then you say, "Okay, I'm thinking that was a good capture. "I like that," and then you're in the edit color. What you guys are looking at right here is the screen in my phone. That's just right there, it's what the app looks like. In this one you can see, each one of those has the hue dial. I can change the hue of the colors that it has picked to whatever I want, if I wanna further manipulate it. And then you say okay. You want this, you wanna save it? Where are we gonna save it? We're gonna save it on my library. You know I like to label everything, so this is called, Wall at Creative Live, and it's a color theme. This is the application on the website. This is Adobe Color CC, and it's You can also do this kind of function in Adobe Color. Again, it's all part of the Cloud. You can look up already made color fields, mono-chromatic. I know this might be a little hard to see. Triad, complimentary, compound, shades, and custom. You can do a similar thing with this online, not by taking a picture, but actually just going online. Then, look at all these, I've got all these colors. It's so exciting. These are saved colors. You can save them as whatever you like, whatever you name them. You save them on the Cloud wherever you want. Let me see if I have the final. This is another one in the color. You can slide this around, while you're in that same color field. This one interface, you see the wider interface. This is online, this is not on my phone. This is now on the web. You can do it on either one. This one has a little more tricks you can do. You can swing the color wheel around and get your color. Then, you go back to your Adobe library and then there's your color space, your colors. There's a small hitch to this, that I don't particularly enjoy. What that is, is that it doesn't go into gradient map. Bummer. You actually can't drag it over. You could save them as swatches. I find swatches to be a little problematic for my workflow, so I'm about to show you a total Lisa Carney hack. This is a total hack thing to do. I wanna be honest that this is a hack. What I do is I take a screen capture of the color. This is such a hack a thing to do, but it works for me, and I get paid and that makes me happy. I then drag that into my Photoshop document. I then go to-- I put it above my gradient map. I go to my color house and I go, okay I want that one. Oh, give me my house. She's just being a wee bit difficult today. I don't know why. There we go. You hold the Option key and sometimes she'll give it to you and sometimes she won't. In fact, I just realized I did these out of order. I did the lighter one first. I'm gonna go back to that original color house. I just clicked on it. Now I'm gonna click on color and I'm gonna pick the darker one. I'm gonna say okay. I'm gonna go to the light one and pick the lighter color here. I'm gonna then, come on baby. I need to buy it some more cookies or something. I'm gonna go to the middle one here and pick the darker color. That brown now is kind of a choice. What are we gonna do with the brown? I think what I'm gonna do is slide this dark red color house here, go to the last color house, pick the brown. There's a little bit of jump. There's gonna be some play in here. This is where gradient map on normal probably isn't gonna cut it. What about on color? Gets me a little closer. More than likely, what about on soft light? Yeah, soft light's absolutely it, and I'm gonna go to my levels underneath. We're stacking again now. I'm gonna lighten it up a little bit. All right, so let's review. What the hell just happened? Coolness happened, 'cause this is actually really cool. What has happened, my friends is you have taken your camera and you've gone out into nature, and been so inspired, or had dinner somewhere, and found what you found. You pick the colors you want. You adjust the colors if you want, or take another picture. Nature will do this for you. I don't know how many discerners have told me that nature will show you what colors you should put together. It really will, and why not use it? And then make sure you save it, save what it is. Save it what it's for. You could do this on the web if you don't wanna do it on the phone. You can save as many as you want to. I get little, I'm gonna be honest. I get a little overwhelmed when it's like this. I will do purging, because I can't-- Ah, it's to much. You can make different color fields. Again, this is all on the web. You can create it from a color, from an image. Oh, let me say that. You don't have to do this on your phone. You could go to stock imagery, load a stock image into Adobe Color, and it will tell you what the color palette is. You can also make it themes, like monochromatic. I can't even read this, my eyes are going. A triad, complimentary, custom, blah, blah, blah. And then you apply it to your image. We'll do that one next. If the library scares you or, I think we do have some viewers who are on older Photoshop. Older, you older folks who are on, or young folks who are on older versions of Photoshop, if you are on Photoshop that is not on the Creative Cloud, you can save out files as you see here. You can save them tiny. It's mathematical code. You can save them like little four pixel four pixel. It doesn't matter, you just want the code. However, the codes changed. I wanna say, and I hope I'm not lying here, Photoshop 5.5, and I would think even Photoshop 6 to 7, they changed the coding. If you have a curve that you've used in Photoshop 5.5, it's not gonna work the same in 7. Sorry, but if you're on an older version, you can save it. Again, saving libraries, this is a secondary way of saving libraries. It's actually saving it on a hard drive somewhere. I'm gonna make a suggestion, and that would be name them, name what they do, because honest to God, I have a file that's got 102 or 115 color corrections and they're called one, two, three, four. I don't know what they are. I should know, number 15, it's my favorite, no I should just call it what it is. I would also like to make a suggestion. Find an image with a lot of colors in it and put stripes in it and just save out a file like this, because in a blink of an eye you can see what it is and load it up. Cool? Libraries are your friends. I have lots of them.

Class Description

There are countless options for manipulating, changing and correcting color your photographs. Clear up the confusion by joining professional finisher, Lisa Carney in her exclusive class focusing just on color. In this course, Lisa will identify and clarify different adjustment layers, walk through a professional’s workflow for color correction, and dive into working with curves.

You’ll learn:

  • How to work with gradient fills and gradient maps
  • Working with Hue and Saturation
  • Setting up a Color workflow system
  • Using Gradient Maps for Color Correction
  • How to use curves for matching color and tone

Handle color like a pro by learning from one of the best retouchers in Hollywood. Join Lisa for this extensive and in-depth look on working with color in Photoshop®.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2017



Another awesome course by Lisa Carney, packed full of information This course is really a comprehensive look at colors ... I learned so much, and even stuff I thought I knew pretty well, I found some pretty eye opening new information. I find Lisa Carney to be a wonderful teacher. When she has an important point to make she'll say her point, pause and then repeat what she just said, just to lock it into your memory. Fantastic. Side note: I signed up for the CreativeLive creative pass as soon as I realized how great all of Lisa Carney's classes are. I'd started to buy them one by one and quickly realized they are all wonderful. You can watch this class from beginning to end and get great information ... but to get the most bang for the buck you'll want to pause, hit rewind, get a cup of coffee, open Photoshop and try out her tips while you watch. There are sections I rewound and watched about 5 times, to be sure I understood all the subtle points. Lisa Carney is pretty amazing - she works really hard to thoroughly explain the process she uses to solve problems, and she never glosses over anything important. To cover a particular point, she'll start with a finished file with all the layers - and instead of simply explaining each layer like a mortal would do, she'll literally delete all the adjustment layers and start from scratch to show the process. This is incredibly empowering since it gives you an understanding of just how easy the process can be once you get the hang of it


This is an EXCELLENT class for Photoshop users! Lisa is very professional, knowledgeable and, also, a delight to watch and listen to! Not only that she explains the concepts but she also shares her own experience and her practical ways of using those concepts! Great, great class! Thank you, Lisa and CreativeLive!

a Creativelive Student

This course has an abundance of useful information along with professional tips based on actual field experience. This course is definitely one I will come back to from time to time to reiterate the information. For this reason the way it is organised is perfect to find information about a specific technique or adjustment layer. It is well composed with some humour and advanced information. Loved it and highly recommend it for people who want to deal with the little details and get things exactly the way they want. Not suitable for lazy or sloppy people who just want to get the job good enough for sharing but don't care about getting it perfect for print.