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.
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.
At PictoColor we tend to focus on Making the Color Right, which is certainly an important ingredient in a beautiful portrait, particularly getting the skin tones right. But, color isn’t necessarily the only parameter to consider when creating a beautiful portrait for a client. Smoothing skin, removing blemishes, reducing hot spots, making teeth whiter, and other cosmetic corrections can certainly enhance a portrait. Another plug-in that is a great companion to iCorrect Portrait is Arcsoft’s Portrait+ Auto Retoucher for Portraits. The following photo compares the original (left) with Portrait+ without iCorrect Portrait correction (center) and iCorrect Portrait & Portrait+ (right). The corrections made with each plug-in are described below. I used Photoshop Elements 8 with the two plug-ins, but they work with newer versions of Photoshop and Elements.
First, I used iCorrect Portrait plug-in to correct the color. After opening the photo in Elements I selected the iCorrect Portrait from the Filter pull down menu. Next I set the tonal range by setting the Auto White and Black points and then clicked on several neutral areas (white on shirt and head band) to remove the color cast. Then I clicked on Face icon to activate the Skin Tone correction and clicked on a couple of areas of skin and I was finished. I also activated the Sharpen feature so that sharpening would be applied automatically and then clicked OK.
Next I selected Portrait+ from the Filter pull down menu. Using the Clean Up menu I soften the skin, reduced the shine on Emily’s forehead, and whitened the teeth. The process was really quick and I was satisfied with the new portrait. There is much more that can be done in Portrait+ and you can find out more at Arcsoft’s website and download the demo version (which I used for this post).
While I am impressed with what Portrait+ plug-in can do to make help make beautiful portraits, the color must be right before you use it. That is why I recommend using iCorrect Portrait plug-in first to Make the Color Right and then Portrait+.
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
New iCorrect Portrait Video Tutorial–Productivity Features
PictoColor’s iCorrect Portrait Photoshop Plug-in is, according to many wedding, sports, school and portrait photographers, the Best Shortcut to Perfect Color because of its proprietary skin tone technology and point and click approach to color correction. In addition to making it easy to get the color right iCorrect Portrait’s time saving workflow options, custom settings, memory colors, and integrated sharpening and noise removal will dramatically shorten the time you will have to sit in front of the computer color correcting photos. This tutorial will show you how to use the Start with and Custom Settings features of iCorrect Portrait to speed up your imaging workflow.
As an iCorrect Portrait user recently said. “Getting the color balance right was a huge challenge until I discovered iCorrect Portrait. I went from guessing and testing to picture perfect in a click. I can’t tell you how important to my process this tool is, and how many hours of tedium you have saved me.” For more information on iCorrect Portrait and to try it for yourself go to www.pictocolor.com/portrait.htm.
How to Transfer iCorrect Portrait and iCorrect EditLab Pro Plug-ins from CS5 to CS6
iCorrect Plug-ins and Photoshop CS6
Adobe Photoshop CS6 for Windows is available in both 32 and 64 bit versions. The Mac version is only available in 64 bit. iCorrect Portrait 2.0 and iCorrect EditLab Pro 6.0, are compatible with and may be installed in both the 32 and 64 bit Windows versions of CS6. iCorrect Portrait 2.0 and iCorrect EditLab Pro 6.0 Mac 64 bit versions are compatible with and may be installed in the Mac version of CS6. iCorrect OneClick 2.0 Windows 32/64 bit versions may be installed in the Windows versions of CS6. iCorrect OneClick 1.5 Mac version is not compatible with Mac versions of CS5 or CS6. Previous versions of iCorrect Portrait (1.0 & 1.5) and iCorrect EditLab Pro (4.5, 5.0, 5.5 and earlier) are not compatible with CS5 or CS6 64 bit version.
Transferring iCorrect Plug-ins from CS5 to CS6 Tutorial
A new tutorial leads you through the process of transferring iCorrect Plug-ins currently installed in CS5 to the new installation of CS6.
iCorrect Portrait 2.0 and iCorrect EditLab Pro 6.0 Upgrades
If you haven’t purchaed the upgrade to iCorrect Portrait 2.0 (Win and Mac) or iCorrect EditLab Pro 6.0 (Win and Mac) now would be the perfect time to do it. Just go to http://www.pictocolor.com/upgrade_registration.htm.
Uwe Steinmueller of Digital Outback Photo magazine website posted a new article, iCorrect Editlab Pro for your Photoshop Workflow, describing how he uses iCorrect Editlab Pro to set white balance in Photoshop.
“Normally we correct the white balance (WB) in the raw converter. Because we don’t care much about any absolute correct WB we often want to tune the WB later too. There is no real one-click WB correction tool available directly in Photoshop. For many years now we use iCorrect Editlab Pro in these cases. Here is our standard workflow.” Click to read complete article.
We recommend reading Digital Outback Photo postings on a regular basis. His magazine is an independent magazine fully dedicated to photography using professional digital cameras (often SLRs). For all content of his magazine the quality of the photo is a main criteria. This includes composition, message, colors, stories and technique.
For more information on iCorrect EditLab Pro Photoshop Plug-in go to www.pictocolor.com/editlabpro.htm.
I just published a new video tutorial on iCorrect Portrait Photoshop Plug-in. The introductory tutorial shows the basics on how to use iCorrect Portait with PictoColor’s skin tone technology to simplify and speed up the process of fixing the color of portraits and other people photos.
For more information on iCorrect Portrait and to try the Free Demo go to www.pictocolor.com/portrait.htm.
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