The Diner, by Rodger Kingston
The “photographer of the ordinary”, Rodger Kingston, takes an ordinary scene and turns it into a photo essay of life. Take some time to visit his Smugmug page, http://rpkphoto.smugmug.com/, for an extraordinary experience of the ordinary. Rodger has been using iCorrect Portrait to make the color right even though most of his photos do not include people.
Here is the before and after comparison.
Even though iCorrect Portrait was developed primarily to make it easy to fix the color of people, hence the name “portrait”, it is a great tool to quickly correct any photo. With a simple “point and click” interface you can quickly set the white and black points, remove color cast, adjust brightness and contrast, and fix skin tones and memory colors. Learn more about Memory Color technology at http://www.icorrectcolor.com/2013/05/01/memory-colors-explained/. For more information on iCorrect Portrait Photoshop plug-in go to http:www/pictocolor.com/portrait.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.
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.
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.
Create Your Own Memory Colors in iCorrect Portrait
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
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.
Celebrating 12 years as the Best Shortcut to Perfect Color
PictoColor’s iCorrect Portrait Photoshop Color Correction plug-in (originally Pictographics iCorrect Professional) was first introduced to the public April 27th, 2001. The latest issue of PictoScript Newsletter talks about the history of the plug-in.
David Ziser coined the phrase “Best Shortcut to Perfect Color” to describe iCorrect Portrait. The “point and click” approach to color correction and the unique skin tone technology developed by Pictographics International replaces the complex “chase your tail” Photoshop color correction process.
Joe Farace, the renown portrait photographer, said, “My favorite tool for correcting skin tones is PictoColor’s iCorrect Portrait Photoshop compatible plug-in….It does a great job in correction color”.
Photo compliments of Joe Farace
You can learn more about the history of iCorrect Portrait and how it can help you Make the Color Right in the PictoScript Newsletter and at www.pictocolor.com/portrait.htm. iCorrect Portrait is available as a Photoshop Plug-in, Elements Plug-in, and PaintShop Pro plug-in.
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+.
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
This tutorial shows how to use PictoColor’s iCorrect Protrait PSP plug-in to color correct images of people. iCorrect Portrait’s unique skin tone technology works well on any color skin and reduces the task of making the color right to a few clicks. Click here to watch the video on YouTube.
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