Tag: 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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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