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.
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.
New iCorrect Portrait Tutorial-How to Create a Good Facebook Profile Photo
In a previous post I described the process of creating my new Facebook profile photo using Photoshop Elements and iCorrect Portrait Plug-in. I also created a video tutorial describing the process.
iCorrect Portrait is June’s Featured Product
This month we are featuring iCorrect Portrait with it’s unique “point and click” approach to color correction and award winning Skin Tone Technology. Go to http://www.pictocolor.com/email/portrait_offer01.htm to learn more about why iCorrect Portrait is called the Best Shortcut to Perfect Color. And, you can save $20 if you purchase iCorrect Portrait during June.
After posting the description about using iCorrect Portrait to color correct my new Facebook profile photo yesterday I decided to see how Photoshop Elements Auto Fix and PictoColor’s iCorrect OneClick compared with the iCorrect Portrait’s skin tone technology. “Was it really better?” Well, you be the judge. Click on the photo to get a larger view of the comparison image. The original photo (actually a cropped portion of a snapshot taken at my birthday party) is on the left. It is a bit dull and lifeless.
Photoshop Elements Auto Fix
The second image is the Photoshop elements Auto Fix (click on the Enhance and select AutoFix from the pull down menu). The result is certainly better but still is somewhat dull and has a yellowish color cast.
PictoColor’s iCorrect OneClick Plug-in
The next image is the result of using iCorrect OneClick plug-in. I selected OneClick from the Filters pull down menu and simply clicked on the white door frame. OneClick automatically analyzes brightness, contrast, and saturation and makes a best guess correction. The result is really much better, but still has a slight magenta tint and bit too much saturation. I think most people would be quite happy with the result from OneClick and it certainly is quick and, I think, more pleasing that the PSE Autofix. BTW, for a limited time you can get a free copy of the 32 bit version of iCorrect OneClick Plug-in.
PictoColor’s iCorrect Portrait Plug-in
The final photo is the result using iCorrect Portrait 2.0 plug-in. I selected iCorrect Portrait from the Filters pull down menu. Then check the Auto White and Auto Black boxes, click on the same white area on the door frame (the color balance tool is automatically activated). Finally, click on the Face icon to activate the skin tone memory color feature then click on an are of skin, such as my neck and chin. Yes, it took a couple more clicks, but the result is better skin tone, which is the real strength of iCorrect Portrait.
Our experience and the experience of our customers suggests that both iCorrect OneClick and iCorrect Portrait can improve the color of people photos much better than Photoshop’s Auto Fix and (if you know how to do it) much faster than using other PS tools. I typically use OneClick technology on most of my photos since I usually use CorrectPhoto instead of PS or PSE because it is easier and faster and includes OneClick. But, when I really want to make the skin look real (like in my Facebook profile) I use iCorrect Portrait.
Today is my birthday and I decided it was time to update my Facebook photo. Yesterday, at the Memorial Day and Birthday celebration my grandaughter took a photo that doesn’t make be look too old. So, using Elements I cropped the photo and used iCorrect Portrait plug-in to fix the color. The skin tone feature in Portrait made me look real (as if that is possible).
After selecting iCorrect Portrait from the Filters menu I checked the Auto White and Black boxes, clicked on the white frame around the door behind me and then activated the Skin Tone button by clicking on it and then click on a couple of spots on my neck and I was finished.
In my last post, iCorrect Portrait-Not just for people, I mentioned that many photographers use it on photos that did not include people. That is certainly true, however, Portrait’s real strength and uniqueness is the fixing skin tones, a very difficult task in Photoshop. The Skin Tone technology really does work and give people the color of life. It certainly worked great on my new Facebook profile photo. Maybe you should update your profile picture. Take a new one and give yourself the color of life with iCorrect Portrait.
Freshair Software, a development and marketing affiliate of PictoColor’s, just released a new version of their popular Crop-N-Frame iPhone App, an easy way give your iPhone photos a professional finish before uploading to Facebook.
Give your iPhone photos a professional finish. Now with captions and metallic colors for frames, mats and type.
It’s so easy to use Crop’n’Frame to quickly take a photo, crop it to zoom into the best part of the photo, enhance it with a frame and caption, and then save it or share it via email or Facebook.
Crop-N-Frame is a great way to enhance your photos before uploading them to Facebook or e-mailing them to your family and friends. Or take it along to the frame shop and use it to visualize how your artwork will look with different sizes and colors of frames and mats.
Crop-N-Frame is available in the App Store. For more information go to http://www.freshairsoftware.com/iPhoneApplications/Crop_n_Frame/index.html
After reading about the $1B Facebook paid for Instagram I had to see what the phone app did. I downloaded the app to my Droid phone, signed up and proceeded to apply the Instagram “filters” to adjust the color to a photo in my phone gallery. I have to say I was not impressed. Admittedly, I am a bit sensitive about color and really don’t like “special effects” for the photos I share, but I simply could not get what I consider good color from any of the filters. And, to top it off when I tried to delete the edited photo (I did not want to share it on Facebook) I ended up deleting all the photos in my gallery. Probably my fault, but……. Fortunately, I had transferred the photos to my computer so all is not lost. I am sure the sharing and other features of Instagram are worthwhile and I am not questioning the wisdom of Facebook’s acquisition, but comparing the color correction/adjustment features to iCorrect OneClick I found that OneClick was a faster and easier way to Make the Color Right.
iCorrect OneClick color correction plug-in and iPhone APP Here is the photo I took with my Droid (left) that I corrected with iCorrect OneClick (right) by simply clicking on the white area on my granddaughter’s sweatshirt.
If you have an iPhone you are in luck–iCorrect OneClick Color iPhone App is available at the App Store
I used iCorrect OneClick Photoshop plug-in correct the photo since iCorrect OneClick App is only available for the iPhone and not the Droid (I guess we should develop a OneClick app for Google and the Android). Here is a video which describes how iCorrect OneClick iPhone App will help you take and upload better photos to Facebook. You can buy iCorrect OneClick App in the App Store.
Maybe I just didn’t pick the right Instagram filter to get good color, but I did try most of them. And, maybe the pupose of the filters are to create special effects and not to Make the Color Right. In any event, I did find it easier and faster to correct the color using OneClick.