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2.3 Baseline Color Correction

Continuing with our work towards a "not too anything" image, in this lesson you'll learn how to make adjustments to our photo in order to control the colors, neutralize skin tones, and control the color gamut.

2.3 Baseline Color Correction

In this lesson, we'll make adjustments to our photo, in order to control and neutralize the colors. Let's head over to the essential tools palette and we'll open up the white balance options. As you can see the setting is currently on As Shot, meaning that our white balance is left as we shot it with our camera. There are additional options within the dropdown menu, and so you have Daylight, Cloudy, and so on. And so just to demonstrate if you were to select the shade option, it adjusts our image quite drastically. We'll put it back on as shot, and another option that you have is to use the color picker. You can select the eye dropper and then you would select an area in your photo in order to neutralize its color. You would ideally look for a neutral grey area of the image. And so if we were to select a gray area of her dress where it falls in a slight bit of shadow, it adjusts the white balance according to that area. It will continue to adjust the white balance depending on the areas that you select in your image. For this photo we'll leave it on As Shot. And we'll deselect the pit color option. And we'll close the white balance settings. And let's head down to color accentuation. Here you see we have two sliders that control the vibrancy and the saturation of our image. The vibrancy slider increases or decreases the saturation of our image, but it preserves the detail in the skin areas and also brings out areas of blue such as the sky. And so, taking the vibrancy slider to the right increases the vibrancy of our image and taking it to the left decreases the vibrancy of our image. The saturation slider on the other hand increases or decreases a saturation of our entire image including the skin tones. And so the effect can appear a bit more severe. Taking the slider to the right increases the overall saturation and bringing it to the left decreases the saturation. For this image, we're going to increase the vibrance very minorly just to restore the vibrancy in the colors that was present in person when the image was taken. We'll leave it on a value of 12. And once again, we'll head up to our compare button and hold it down to look at our starting image, and then, we'll look at where we are now. And so the photo is being restored and corrected. We can close the color accentuation tools and we can actually close the essential tools for now. Let's head down to the color palette. And you'll notice that some of the tools, in this palette, are also present in the essential tools, in other various palettes. This is set up by default, by DXO, but you can customize each palette to your particular workflow. Again, by using these menus in the upper right hand corner, to select what tools you would like present in each palette. We're going to take a look at the hue saturation lightness tool set. And you'll see that we have a drop down menu where we can focus on all of the channels, or individual channels within our image. And we also have three sliders that correspond with the hue saturation and luminance of our image. The hue slider allows you to adjust the tint of the channel that you're working on. And so as we move this slider you see that it's essentially changing the colors in our image. We'll leave that on a value of 0. The saturation slider allows us to adjust the saturation in our image. And we'll leave that on a value of 0, as well. And the luminance slider makes our image lighter or darker. And so taking it to the right makes our image lighter and taking it to the left makes it darker. If there was a particular channel that you wanted to focus on, you could select that from the dropdown menu. And so, for example, if we select reds, then we're specifically working with the reds in our image, which in her case will be the flowers on her dress. It'll also include the reds in her skin tones, her hair, the hat, and the field behind her. And so, if you wanted to desaturate the red specifically, you'd use the saturation slider and drag it to the left, giving it a negative value. And you can change the hue of the reds in the image as well. And also the luminance. So if you wanted to make the red lighter or darker you would do so with this slider, and so on for the rest of the channels. Now for this image we're going to reduce the saturation of the red channel ever so slightly, just because it's coming out a little bit strong in areas. And so we will reduce the saturation of the red channel. And we'll take it down to a value of negative four. So a very slight adjustment. Now let's head over to the yellow channel and we're going to increase the saturation of the yellows in this image. And this will affect her skin, her hair, her hat, and again, the field behind her. And we're going to increase this to bring out the yellow tones that were present in the physical scene. And we'll take it to a value of positive 13. And let's check our compare button to look at the before and then the after of where we're at now, and our photo was looking pretty good right now. That brings us to the end of this lesson. In this lesson, we made some baseline color corrections using the white balance, color accentuation and hue saturation lightness tools. In our next lesson we are going to explore presharpening and noise reduction for our photo.

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