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Waterfall in the Spring–Making the Color Pop

by on May.12, 2016, under Color Correction, iCorrect EditLab Pro, PaintShop Pro, PaintShop Pro Plug-ins, Photoshop Color Correction, Photoshop Elements, Photoshop plug-ins

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.

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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 1–Remove Color Cast
waterfall_icetab1I clicked on a couple of grey rocks to remove color cast. Make sure the areas you click are really neutral (black, white, or grey).

Tab 2–Set White, Black and Midpoints

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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

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Adjust Brightness (Global, Shadows, Highlights), Contrast and Saturation in Tab 3.

Tab 4 HueSelect Control Point Technology

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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.

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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.

waterfall_ice_before-after 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.

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How to fix your scenic photos.

by on May.04, 2016, under Color Correction, iCorrect EditLab Pro, PaintShop Pro, PaintShop Pro Plug-ins, Photoshop Color Correction, Photoshop Elements, Photoshop plug-ins, Tutorials

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.

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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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Ever See a Photo of Just One Mt. Rushmore President? EditLab Made it Better.

by on Apr.14, 2016, under Color Correction, Facebook photos, iCorrect EditLab Pro, PaintShop Pro Plug-ins, Photoshop Color Correction, Photoshop Elements

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.

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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.

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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.

Tab 1

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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

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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

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Tab 3 is where you can make adjustments to Brightness, including highlights and shadows, contrast and overall saturation.

Tab 4

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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.

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The Turkey Trot: Using Pse with iCorrect EditLab Pro to Fix Color

by on Mar.24, 2015, under Color Correction, iCorrect EditLab Pro, Photoshop Color Correction, Photoshop Elements

 

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.

The Turkey Trot: Look at me, girls----please.

The Turkey Trot: Look at me, girls—-please!

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Before/After comparison: Pse for cropping and iCorrect EditLab Pro to enhance the color.

Here is the screenshot of iCorrect EditLab Pro.

iCorrect EditLab Pro Screen Shot (Tab 4)

iCorrect EditLab Pro Screen Shot (Tab 4)

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.

Wayne

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Streamline Photoshop Portrait Color Correction

by on Mar.19, 2015, under Color Correction, iCorrect Portrait, PaintShop Pro Plug-ins, Photoshop Color Correction, Photoshop Elements, Photoshop plug-ins

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.

Wayne

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How to Create a Good Looking Facebook Profile Photo

by on Mar.16, 2015, under Color Correction, Facebook photos, PaintShop Pro Plug-ins, Photoshop Color Correction, Photoshop Elements, Photoshop plug-ins

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.

How to Create a Facebook Profile Photo Title-300For more information of iCorrect Portrait go to www.pictocolor.com/portrait.htm.

Wayne

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Best Shortcut to Perfect Skin Tones in Photoshop, Elements, PaintShop Pro

by on Mar.05, 2015, under Color Correction, iCorrect Portrait, PaintShop Pro Plug-ins, Photoshop Color Correction, Photoshop Elements, Photoshop plug-ins

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.

 

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Snow Is Not Blue: Photoshop Tutorial; Color Editing

by on Feb.25, 2015, under iCorrect EditLab Pro, Photoshop Color Correction, Photoshop Elements, Photoshop plug-ins, Tutorials

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.

 

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Photoshop Elements Tutorial: Fix Facebook Photos Fast-Remove Red Eye and Fix Color

by on May.15, 2013, under Color Correction, iCorrect OneClick, Photoshop Elements

Most Facebook photos are dull and lifeless and many people have red eyes. This video tutorial shows how to use Photoshop Elements to quickly fix red eyes and correct the color in seconds.

iCorrect OneClick pse Photoshop Elements plug-in is only $19.95 at www.pictocolor.com/oneclick-pse.htm. Both Windows and Mac versions are available.

Wayne www.pictcolor.com

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Memory Colors For Consistent Color

by on May.01, 2013, under Color Correction, iCorrect Portrait, PaintShop Pro Plug-ins, Photoshop Elements, Photoshop plug-ins

iCorrect Portrait’s Memory Color Technology For Consistent Color From Image to Image
If you ever have specific colors that you would like to correct consistently from image to image or from job to job you will appreciate the Memory Color technology in PictoColor’s iCorrect Portrait. A very useful feature of iCorrect Portrait is its ability to create custom memory color definitions that help provide that consistency. Some good examples might be the creation of memory color definitions for your backdrops, a team uniform color, or for sky or foliage.

iCorrect Portrait's Memory Color Technology

iCorrect Portrait’s Memory Color Technology

Create Your Own Memory Colors in iCorrect Portrait

A new tutorial article shows how to easily create Custom Memory Colors.

Create Custom Memory Colors to Match Templates to Sport Team Colors
iCorrect Portrait’s Memory Color Technology can also help sports photographers match template colors to team colors. Here is a link to a tutorial article that illustrates how to use Custom Memory Colors for creating matching color templates. http://www.pictocolor.com/matching-templates-to-team-colors-for-sports-photography.html

Match template color to sport teams colors

Match template color to sport teams colors

iCorrect Portrait’s Memory Color Technology simplifies the task of matching colors. For more information on iCorrect Portrait go to www.pictocolor.com. iCorrect Portrait plug-ins are available for Photoshop, Elements, and PaintShop Pro.
Wayne www.pictocolor.com

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