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Color Techniques For Retouching

Lesson 23 of 30

Match Color Image Adjustments


Color Techniques For Retouching

Lesson 23 of 30

Match Color Image Adjustments


Lesson Info

Match Color Image Adjustments

So now we're gonna talk about manipulating some colors and different ways of doing it. These are more like real-world job issues, and I do wanna stress that for many of you this might not be the way you, the road you would take and I'm just trying to offer you some different ways of looking at doing color correction. And perhaps if we have time we can talk about different ways as we go along. So let's say for example you have this product and you need to change the color. And I find hue saturation is an excellent way of changing color. Only I wanna do it a little specialized. What I was originally doing with this job is I was changing the hue of the file, and I was masking it out. This is one of those jobs where you might consider, let's say you have a Pantone color. Let's just say this is the color. And you wanna put it on color mode, and that works for you. Maybe it's a little saturated so I'm gonna take it down. Cool, that's exactly the product. I've got a callout, I'm really happy ...

with it. And now, I'm gonna take some time, and I'm gonna mask this in, either paint it in, path it in, do whatever. Just doing a path real quick. Oh my path doesn't wanna show. Okay whatever you get the point. But rather than do that, because I'm a lazy lazy girl and I no longer want to, to path this out. I really wanna get that path off there. When all else fails, just reopen the image. (laughing) My work around. All right so rather than do that, what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna try this new technique. So I'm gonna hue saturation. And I'm gonna make sure I'm on my little icon for the hue saturation, and I'm gonna go click on the, I'm zooming in by the way. I do this a lot and I apologize if I'm not yelling out my quick keys, but I'm holding the Command and the space bar just to zoom in. And I'm gonna say hey what color is that mint green item? So I just clicked. If you looked down you missed it. I clicked on the green item, and what that green item did or what Photoshop did it said, hey lady you're in the greens. This is a green. And I can say cool, can I change that green? I will tell you when I discovered this, I was like holy mother of pearl. Well there's your other machine. How long you figure that took? 10 seconds? Do you know how long it took me to mask out those damn machines? I was masking out those machines for ages until I figured this out. So may you all profit from the pain of my masking out machines for hours and hours and hours. Look at that. I know somewhere out there in internet land someone is saying whoo because they don't have to mask out machines anymore. Now that's a very handy technique for product work, very handy, works for red shirts, t-shirts, team logos, Seattle Seahawks, you have to change the color on something, they get a new logo. You can do this. It will affect colors that are in the same color sphere. So if you have mint green curtains on here, they're gonna shift as well. But I will tell you a little trick about product photography, if they have the same color in the environment and they wanna change the product out, they probably wanna change the same color in the background out as well. And there are a few other controls, and there's a few pitfalls here I want you to watch out for. And what that is is when you go off the code and you go back to the code, you think you're in the green and you start moving, you are not ladies and gentlemen in the green. You are on the master. It defaults back to the master section of hue saturation. So please I beg of you, make sure you pay attention to where you are when you're in this function. Another thing that it will affect is these, do you remember earlier I said you can slide these sliders around? What these sliders do is say okay affect a little bit more of the area or less of the area. And this is where if the green is verging into cyan, and you need to get it to switch color as well, you can pull these out to include a bit more color or pull 'em in to decrease how much color's getting affected. Cool? So hue saturation, you could use it the old fashioned way, mask it in, but why would you? This is not gonna work for every job. This absolutely will not work for every job. It'll work for certain colors, certain values. Do you remember earlier I said try a bunch of different things? Like have four different attempts to make a color? If I were to do this job, and in fact this is how this job quite literally happened is I did the callout, I had a Pantone callout. So I did my ubiquitous square. And I went to the usual Pantone callout because they called out a Pantone. And just for giggles I will make this pinkish. And I went well okay that's one way. God there's that hue saturation thingy. Why don't I try that hue saturation thingy? Wow christ that worked. And again I have a different color here but I think you get the idea. And then normally I would try another attempt, but it worked so well I just went ah, end of conversation, I'm done. But you're able to do it so fast. You just do three or four methods really quickly, and then decide and then finish your job.

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.