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Picture Postcard Workflow, Part 3
Dan Margulis
with Dan Margulis
Picture Postcard Workflow, Part 3
lessons: 19 Course Lessons
duration: 2hr, 18min
published: 2008
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Picture Postcard Workflow, Part 3
with Dan Margulis
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lesson 1: Introduction (free course preview)

Dan introduces the third part of his Picture Postcard series, recommended for almost all Photoshop users. This is a color contrast workflow that relies heavily on LAB in order to get bright, vivid colors

6min, 56sec
lesson 2: Do You Really Want To Do This?

In this lesson we'll be going over some of the reasons for taking your images into LAB

7min, 16sec
lesson 3: Assessing Your Image

Before starting there are three questions to ask about every image to determine what needs to be done in color correction

5min, 25sec
lesson 4: Color Perception

Keep in mind that cameras and the human eye do not see color the same way

8min, 51sec
lesson 5: Sober Reflection

Pre-Press Rules !

4min, 12sec
lesson 6: Multiply

There are instances when using multiply blend mode will do a better job of bringing out the color

6min, 15sec
lesson 7: Edit the Mask

Restrict the tonal adjustments by editing the layer mask

6min, 12sec
lesson 8: Man From Mars Maneuver

This method uses a LAB color adjustment to drive light colors apart and create contrast

13min, 47sec
lesson 9: Working with Skin Tone

Using the LAB color method with a portrait shot

2min, 25sec
lesson 10: Problematic Images

Some images are going to be too difficult to adjust with the LAB multiply method

5min, 2sec
lesson 11: False Profiles

In a situation when the foreground objects are too dark to use multiplication, this workaround can save you

11min, 26sec
lesson 12: Variation

We have to be able to limit the color we introduce

9min, 1sec
lesson 13: Intermediate Step

Between the false profile and multiplication, this step will draw down everything that is not a bright color

6min, 59sec
lesson 14: Speeding Things Up

It's time to apply these techniques to a series of images to show off this new workflow

5min, 29sec
lesson 15: Knowing What Tool to Use and When

Explore the use of layer masks to control contrast

6min, 45sec
lesson 16: The CMYK Move

Isolate the adjustment of certain colors in your image to bring out variation between the colors

9min, 34sec
lesson 17: Avoid Using the Wrong Tool

You have to be able to recognize which method to use in different situations

6min, 32sec
lesson 18: U-Shaped Curve

Create more contrast using curves by forcing up the bottom half of the mask

5min, 11sec
lesson 19: Evaluating the Picture Postcard Workflow

It works well in certain cases and not so well in others, but keep experimenting and discovering what works for you

11min, 38sec
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Dan is internationally regarded as the leading authority on color correction. He is the author of Professional Photoshop, the “unofficial bible” of the prepress and printing industries. Formerly a professional prepress manager with over 20 years experience, he now offers small-group, hands-on color correction classes around the world. In 2001, Dan was one of the first three people named to the Photoshop Hall of Fame.
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