Tag: photoshop color correction
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.
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.
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.
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+.
What is OneClick Color Technology?
OneClick is a custom adaptation of PictoColor’s proprietary EditLab SmartColor technology designed to make the task of color correction as easy and fast as possible. With a single click on any neutral color (black, white or gray), you can instantly correct the white balance and the exposure of any digital photo. OneClick automatically removes any color cast, corrects the tonal range, adjusts the overall brightness, and makes any photo more vivid and life-like.
How You Can Get OneClick Color
OneClick Color is available in iCorrect OneClick pse Plug-in for Photoshop Elements (Win & Mac), CorrectPhoto Editor Windows App, iCorrect OneClick Color iPhone App and iCorrect OneClick Color iPad App. iCorrect OneClick technology may also be licensed for integration into digital imaging applications and online photo sharing and printing websites.
iCorrect OneClick pse Plug-in is a new specially priced 32 bit version of PictoColor’s popular iCorrect OneClick plug-in for Photoshop Elements. It is available at an introductory price of $19.95 (regular price: $24.95).
See for yourself how iCorrect OneClick takes the guess work out of color correction. You are just a click away from perfect color.
iCorrect OneClick pse plug-in for Elements is compatible with Elements version 8-11 and is available for both Win and Mac computers. I checked it out with the new pse 11 running under the new Windows 8 and it works great.
If you already have iCorrect OneClick send the link to this post to a friend.
I installed Windows 8 on my laptop yesterday, an upgrade from Win 7. The process went smoothly with no significant problems. I will write more about the process in an upcoming post. The main reason I upgraded was to make sure all of the Windows versions of PictoColor Software ran without a problem. The short answer is they do.
I first checked out the standalone apps, CorrectPhoto Editor and iCorrect EditLab ProApp 6.0, and they launched and functioned as expected. Next, using Photoshop CS5 (32 & 64 bit) I tested iCorrect OneClick 2.0 (only available at Amazon.com), iCorrect Portrait 2.0, and iCorrect EditLab Pro 6.0 plug-ins and they all worked as well.
Make sure you run the Windows 8-Upgrade Assistant application to check for any issues you may have before beginning the Win 8 installation. It is a good time to uninstall any applications that are not compatible or that you aren’t using anymore. Might as well do a little cleanup. The Win 8 installation process will preserve all of the compatible apps and files and move them to the new OS so you will be ready to go when the installation is complete. So far so good.
PictoColor’s iCorrect OneClick 2.0 Photoshop plug-in for Windows is now available at Amazon.com. This is the latest version of the OneClick color correction plug-in and is compatible with both 32 and 64 version of Photoshop running under Windows operating system. This latest version includes Temp and Tint controls and sharpening. The plug-in software is delivered on a CD in a jewel case and is licensed for two computers. The list price is $79.95 and, for a limited time it is available for $49.95.
iCorrect OneClick 2.0 Features:
- OneClick auto correction: remove color cast, adjust brightness, contrast, and saturation
- Enhancements: Tint and Temp controls, fine tune brightness, highlights, shadows, contrast and saturation
- Auto Sharpening
- 32/64 bit Photoshop running on Windows OS
- Photoshop CS6 64 bit compatible
Only on Amazon
iCorrect OneClick 2.0 32.64 bit Photoshop Plug-in is only available on a CD from Amazon.com. Special offer price is $49.95 plus S&H.
If you have iCorrect OneClick 1.5 for Windows and didn’t upgrade to 2.0 when it was available you now have an opportunity to get the latest version.