iCorrect EditLab Pro
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.
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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.
Snow is not blue!
Unless you take the time to white balance your camera before taking a photo with snow chances are the snow will have a blue cast and the overall color will be dull. Since I live in Minnesota I end up taking a lot of winter photos and invariably my photos will suffer from the blue cast phenomenon. But, I don’t let it bother me because I have a easy way to make my snow photos look great. I use PictoColor’s iCorrect EditLab Pro Plug-in in either Photoshop or Elements to make the color right. Here is a video tutorial that shows how EditLab Pro works.
For more information on iCorrect EditLab Pro Plug-in go to http://www.pictocolor.com/editlabpro.htm.
Create Stylized Impressions for Wedding and Portrait Photos Tutorial
Many software programs have a standard black and white conversion feature which works well enough in certain cases. But a lot of times, we’re trying to achieve a certain look or create a more stylized impression. In these instances, it’s better to use a specialized application that offers additional creative tools. One of the best programs for this is PictoColor Software’s iCorrect EditLab Pro, a robust color correction and enhancement plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and Corel PaintShop Pro.
New Article describes how to use iCorrect EditLab Pro to match template color to team colors.
One of the more challenging tasks facing any sports or team photographer is finding templates that match exactly the colors of the teams they are shooting. Granted, many teams are either red, blue, green, yellow or orange, but, as we know all too well, there can be many subtle differences among them. So, when it comes to finding a template with just the right shade of blue, for example, it can be rather frustrating.
For most image editing challenges, there are many ways to accomplish the same thing. Some are easier than others. One product that really simplifies this task is PictoColor Software’s iCorrect EditLab Pro with HueSelect Control Point Technology. With just a few clicks, iCorrect EditLab Pro lets you select the color you want to change, define the new color, and then automatically makes the change for you. Read the Article
For more articles and tutorials on PictoColor Software go to www.pictocolor.com/learning.htm
More and more digital cameras now include modes and features that produce all types of effects that in the past could have been done only on the computer. Among these is the ability to shoot in different types of filters including black and white and sepia tone.
So, the question of the day is: “Should I shoot in black and white or convert later on the computer?”
The general consensus among most digital photo experts seems to be: “Shoot in full color and convert on the computer”.
The main reason for this is that when you shoot in these modes, you are making all of your creative decisions when you take the shot. In most cases this means you are limiting your options down the road when compared to starting with a full colored shot.
That said, many software programs have a standard black and white conversion feature which works well enough in certain cases. But a lot of times, we’re trying to acheive a certain look or create a more dramatic expression. In these instances, it’s better to use a specialized application that offers additional creative tools. One of the best programs for this is PictoColor Software’s iCorrect EditLab Pro, a robust color correction and enhancement plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and Corel PaintShop Pro.
In addition to simply reducing the Saturation globally to -100 to convert to black and white, iCorrect EditLab Pro offers specialized tools that make it easy to create more dramatic effects. After doing a basic black and white conversion to see whether a particular photo is a good candidate for conversion, you will want to switch to the fourth adjustment tab of the control panel identified by the hue wheel. This is where the HueSelect Control Point Technology is utilized. Read the complete Tutorial
The complete tutorial is available at PictoColor’s website at http://www.pictocolor.com/Black_and_White_Conversion_and_Sepia_Tone_Conversion_Tutorial_Saxaphone.htm
Information on PictoColor’s iCorrect Color Correction Plug-ins can be found at