I take a lot of photos of our gardens throughout the seasons and all need a bit of editing. I usually use Photoshop Elements for cropping and iCorrect EditLab Pro Plug-in from PictoColor for fixing the color. It is easy and quick to make the color pop with EditLab. Here is a brief tutorial on how I fixed the color of a photo of the waterfall in our back garden.
After installing iCorrect EditLab Pro plug-in in the Elements Filters folder go to Filters/PictoColor/iCorrect EditLab Pro 6.0 to launch EditLab.
EditLab has 4 correct Tabs and it is best to work from Tab 1 through Tab 4, although not absolutely necessary. EditLab’s technology is such that a correction made in subsequent Tabs will not affect the correction made in the previous Tab, thus avoiding the “chase your tail” characteristic of Photoshop corrections.
Tab 2–Set White, Black and Midpoints
In Tab 2 we can set the black, white, and mid-points manually by adjusting the sliders or click on the SmartColor button and let EditLab select the points, which was done in this example. After SmartColor selects the points they can be individually adjusted if necessary or desired.
Tab 3–Brightness, Contrast, and Saturation
Adjust Brightness (Global, Shadows, Highlights), Contrast and Saturation in Tab 3.
Tab 4 HueSelect Control Point Technology
EditLab’s HueSelect Control Point Technology, unique to EditLab, facilitates the hue, brightness, and saturation with in an image without affecting the other hues. In this example, I selected the green hue of the leaves and boosted the saturation.
Next, I selected the red hue of the flower pot and increased the saturation.
The whole process took less than a minute. If noise removal and/or sharpening is necessary just check the boxes and these functions are applied automatically in the proper order as the corrected image is saved in Elements.
Here is the before and after comparison.
You can find out more information on PictoColor’s iCorrect EditLab Pro Plug-in and www.pictocolor.com/editlabpro.html. BTW, PictoColor’s plug-ins are compatible with Photoshop, Elements, and Corel’s PaintShop Pro.
If you are going on a summer trip you will most likely take a lot of scenic photos. And, when you look at them you will undoubtedly be disappointed in the color. Since you probably didn’t take the time to white balance your camera the photos will most likely be dull and lifeless. But, it is easy and quick to Make the Color Right using iCorrect EditLab Pro plug-in (Photoshop, Elements or PaintShop Pro) or iCorrect EditLab ProApp Stand Alone App.
Here is a before/after photo I took in the Black Hills of South Dakota last year.
And, here is a video to show you how it is done.
You can find more info on PictoColor’s iCorrect EditLab Pro Plug-in or EditLab ProApp stand alone app at www.pictocolor.com.
In addition to making color corrections quickly and easily, iCorrect EditLab Pro can also be used to create many different artistic effects.
In this post we will show how easy it is to add warming or cooling effects, subtle sepia toning, and dramatic black and white conversions.
Let’s start with a brilliant, well-balanced photo of the famed Gothic Bridge #28 in Central Park.
One of the easiest ways to add your own unique vision, especially to seasonal shots, is to manually adjust the color balance to make the image warmer or cooler. With iCorrect EditLab Pro, this is accomplished with Slider Controls in the Color Balance tool. After switching the Color Balance tool from the default Eye Dropper mode to the 3-Slider mode, simply move the first Slider toward (R)ed, the second Slider toward (M)agenta, and the third Slider toward (Y)ellow, to make the image warmer.
Another interesting effect, known as sepia toning, can be a great way to add more visual interest to a black and white photo. Let’s begin by converting our full color image into a custom black and white photo, and then add back our desired color with the Toning tool. iCorrect EditLab Pro conveniently has as part of its HueSelect ControlPoint Technology, found in Tool Tab 4, an Auto Black and White Conversion feature: If you click the B/W button, it will quickly set every hue to minimum saturation. It also features and Auto Sepia Tone tool: If you click the Sepia button, it will set every hue to minimum saturation, and set the toning color to a standard sepia tone. These buttons are shortcuts that set multiple controls for you. You can then fine tune any of the settings as well as create your own custom Sepia Tone definitions.
Finally, even though iCorrect EditLab Pro offers an Auto Black and White Conversion feature, you may want to create a more dramatic expression by modifying other aspects of the image, especially the relative brightness of the highlights and shadows as well as the overall contrast. This is accomplished in Tool Tab 3.
So, you can see that it’s very easy to create three very different images with varying effects from the same photo using the straight-forward tools found in iCorrect EditLab Pro.
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Here is an unusual photo of Mt. Rushmore of only one of the four Presidents. This was taken from the pathway that runs below the Presidents.
The photo was enhanced using Elements for cropping and sizing and iCorrect EditLab Pro Plug-in to enhance the color. The photo was cropped to fit PictoColor’s Facebook Page Cover Photo. Below is the original photo before color enhancement. Notice how dull it looks.
iCorrect EditLab Pro has four Tabs that work independently of each other. When you move from Tab 1 to Tab 2 you do not effect the adjustment made in Tab 1, and so on, thus avoiding the “chase your tail” characteristic of Photoshops color tools.
In Tab 1 we remove any color cast by clicking on a couple of neutral (white, black, or grey) areas in the image.
Tab 2 sets the white, black and mid points. I usually click on SmartColor and let EditLab set the three points. You can make further adjustments if necessary, but usually SmartColor is all you need.
Tab 3 is where you can make adjustments to Brightness, including highlights and shadows, contrast and overall saturation.
Tab 4 is PictoColor’s HueSelect Control Point technology where we can tweak the colors independently. In this photo I used the built in Memory color for blue sky to correct the color of the sky. I then selected the green foliage hue from the image and increased the brightness and saturation of the green, while not effecting the color of the sky or the monument.
Using iCorrect EditLab Pro plug-in the whole color enhancement process took less than a minute or so.
Learn more about iCorrect EditLab Pro with SmartColor and HueSelect Control Point technologies at http://www.pictocolor.com/icorrect-editlab-pro.html.
Last week we received a note from one of our long time users of iCorrect EditLab Pro. Here is what he said:
“I have been using one version or another of iCorrect EditLab since January 2005. As a wedding photographer, I found iCorrect invaluable for rapid, accurate color/exposure correction of large numbers of wedding photos. What would have taken me days to correct took only hours. But that is not why I’m writing you today.
Award Winning Scanner Software Didn’t Work
A little over a year ago, I purchased a scanner for the express purpose of scanning all my personal slides and negatives (500+ rolls). The award winning software provided with the scanner (which also provides automatic color cast removal and manual color/exposure corrections) is inconsistent and difficult to use.
iCorrect EditLab To the Rescue!
The award should really go to ICorrect Edit Lab. After discarding the scanner software in frustration, I turned to my tried and true standby iCorrect. Once again with a few clicks here and there, a whole roll of film is corrected in under 10 minutes with amazing results. I have even
created custom correction preferences based on the film being scanned.
Not only that, but I’ve also found instances where my lab incorrectly color corrected the image when they printed it. I’ll continue to use iCorrect as a standard part of my scanning project workflow!
Magical Moments Photography
Here is a video I created to show how to use iCorrect EditLab Pro to restore old photos prints that I scanned on a desktop scanner.
I took this photo a couple of days ago. As you can see from the before/after comparison below the original was dull and lifeless–it was a cloudy day. I used Photoshop Elements to crop the photo and iCorrect EditLab Pro Plug-in to enhance the color.
Here is the screenshot of iCorrect EditLab Pro.
The color correction process with EditLab is to start with Tab 1 and remove color cast by clicking on a neutral area (white, black or grey). Tab 2 sets the white/black/and midtone points. In Tab 3 adjustments for brightness (overall, highlights, & shadows), contrast and overall saturation are made, if necessary or desired. In Tab 4 the HueSelect technology allows you to tweak the hue, brightness, and saturation of specific color hues really make the photo come alive.
For more information and helpful tutorials on iCorrect EditLab Pro go to www.pictocolor.com/editlabpro.htm.
PictoColor’s iCorrect Portrait Ps plug-in (for Photoshop, Elements, and PaintShop Pro) is known for it’s “Point and Click” approach to color correction and PictoColor’s proprietary Skin Tone Technology which makes color correcting people photos a breeze. What we don’t often talk about are the time saving workflow features built into iCorrect Portrait that really streamlines portrait color correction. This video tutorial shows explains these features and how any portrait, wedding, school or sports photographer can save hours color correcting photos.
For more information on iCorrect Portrait plug-in just go to www.pictocolor.com/portrait.htm.
Are you happy with your Facebook profile photo? Is it a little dull and lifeless. If so, iCorrect Portrait Plug-in for Photoshop, Elements, or PaintShop Pro can help you look a lot better. Here is a video tutorial that shows you how to easily create a good looking profile photo.
iCorrect Portrait with PictoColor’s Skin Tone Technology is an easy to use plug-in that will give all your photos of people the Color of Life.
There Must Be An Easy Way to Get Perfect Skin Color
Getting the correct Skin Color Can be difficult when editing people photos in Photoshop, Elements, or PaintShop Pro. The many tutorials and videos describing how to get the skin tone right suggests how difficult and time consuming it can be. But, there is an easy way. Here is a video tutorial that shows how PictoColor’s iCorrect Portrait Plug-in’s (Photoshop, Elements, or PaintShop Pro) “point and click” approach to color correction and PictoColor’s Skin Tone Technology can simplify the process.
While this video was made for PaintShop Pro users it is applicable when using iCorrect Portrait in Photoshop or Elements. For more information go to www.pictocolor.com/portrait.htm.