Tag: photoshop elements
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
PictoColor Announces New iCorrect Plug-ins for Photoshop Elements
All the great color tools and technology of our professional iCorrect products are now available for Photoshop Elements and users, too! The 32-bit versions of our iCorrect plug-ins are specially priced for home users and photo enthusiasts looking for fast and easy ways to Make the Color Right.
iCorrect Pse for Photoshop Elements
The new plug-ins are 32 bit and are available for Windows and Mac versions of Photoshop Elements (6.0–11.0) and are affordaby priced. For more information on iCorrect Pse plug-ins and PictoColor’s complete product line of color correction and editing software go to www.pictocolor.com.
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.