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CS3'S INFO TAB
Flo on the Info Tab: I have PS CS3, so what I am saying applies to that software - don't know about the different versions of PS.
When your image is loaded into PS CS3 (not ACR or Bridge) - look to the right sidebar at the top. You'll see 3 tabs: Navigator, Histogram and Info.
Click on Info. Now you'll see two columns. Place your cursor on a color in the image. The left column will show you the RGB values; the right column will show the CMYK values.
Below the left RGB is a Plus sign with the XY coordinates within the image for that color you just picked. Click on the Plus sign to get a choice of measuring scales - pixels, inches, etc.
Below the CMYK is a WH - which I assume means width and height. But I can't make that do anything!
So after you've picked the colors you want, then you can click on the Histogram or Navigator tabs, if you want to return to those folders.
Colorsuckr requires a url of the image from a host server, but with what I explained above, you don't need to place your image on the host server first.
Using this Info feature in PS CS3 is handy if you want to frame the image with harmonizing colors or do some drawing or other graphics work, like text on a greeting card, that will harmonize or complement the colors in the image.
More Definition for Soft Images
Bill Birtch's Workflow for More Definition for Very Soft Originals:
My workflow usually goes something like the following:
1. Duplicate image.
2. Convert to B&W (cycle thru presets & then make manual adjustments for best contrast)
4. Find edges
5. Adjust brightness with a curves layer (optional)
7. Select all, copy
8. Paste to original
9. Cycle through blending modes - every image is different - while playing with opacity.
Here's an example where I used the technique to give more definition to an otherwise very soft original. The effect may be a tad overdone on the building, but demonstrates the results at least. I also made other adjustments to enhance colour and so on.
Correcting WB in JPEGS
Flo Deems' Workflow:
After finally getting to watch Craig's 4 Foundations videos, I got inspired to correct the WB of a jpeg using Camera Raw in CS3.
The image is of a paper map of the Grounds for Sculpture. I laid the map out on the floor where the cloudy daylight was coming in from two windows. The WB setting in the camera was for "daylight." Just as Craig said it would, the white part of the map turned out bluish. So I took the image to the version of Camera Raw that I have in PS CS3.
First I selected "Auto" from the WB menu. This changed the blue to light gray. Not enough. In the Camera Raw version I have, the "Custom" WB setting doesn't have any choices at all (daylight, shade, incandescent, etc), as it does in more recent versions.
So, still in Camera Raw, I clicked on the Curves icon. The histogram's lightest indication wasn't very close to the right edge. So I moved the "Highlights" slider until the light grays turned to almost white. Also the greens and blues brightened up.
Hints pg 1, shooting ~ pg 2, post processing
pg 3, gear ~ pg 4, on locations
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