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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 some baseline color corrections to our image. Our goal is to neutralize the skin tones and control the color gamut in order to make the photo closely resemble the real life image that we saw when we took the photo, and so we're still within the exposure drop down menu. Let's head down to the saturation slider towards the bottom. This allows you to increase or decrease the saturation of your image and it is a global adjustment, meaning that it will affect everything in your image and so we're going to increase the slider. Ever so slightly, just to bring back in some of the saturation of the original scene, and we'll leave it at a value of about 13. Now, beneath the saturation slider, you have tone curve 1 and tone curve 2. These allow you to create your own tonal curves to be applied to the image, and with each tonal curve, you have a drop down that gives you a host of options. For the purposes of this course, we'll leave those alone. Next, let's head over to the color tab at the very top, which is the third button in, and we'll head all the way down to the color management drop down menu. Let's take a look at the working profile menu, which is towards the bottom. This is where you can set the working profile of your image. For the purposes of this course we'll leave it on pro photo. As you can see they have other options available such as SRGB, Adobe RGB and a number of others. And beneath that you have the output profile, which sets the color space when the image is outputted and metadata is embedded. You will see a handful of already made profiles created by Raw Therapy. It's recommended that we leave it on RT_SRGB, which is the starting profile, and now we'll go ahead and close the color management drop-down and head up to the white balance options. This is where you can change the white balance of your image. It will be currently set on the camera setting, which means that it will maintain the white balance option that you had when you took the photo in camera. With the spot white balance button, you can set your own color balance temperature if you want to. You would click the button, and then select an area of white or grey within the image to set the white balance, and you can also change the brush's size. Beneath that you have your temperature slider, which allows you to make your image cooler when you move your slider to the left, just to demonstrate, and you can make your image warmer when you take that slider to the right. We'll go ahead and reset that slider to it's default temperature of 4750. Beneath the temperature slider you have the tint slider, which when you take it to the left, increases the purple in your image, and when you take it to the right, increases the green. We'll reset that setting as well, and beneath that you have the blue and red equalizer, which controls the blue and red balance in your photo. And so taking it to the left increases the blue balance, and taking it to the right increases the red balance. We'll go ahead and reset that as well and for this image we'll actually leave the white balance on its default settings, and we'll go ahead and close that drop down and we'll move down to the vibrance options. We'll click it once. Make sure you select the Power button next to the word Vibrance in order to enable these settings. Now these options allow you adjust the vibrance of your image. It's a specific way of saturating your image that's in tune with the sensitivity of the human eye, and so first you have your saturated tone slider, which increases or decreases the saturated tones in your image. Beneath that you have the pastel tone slider which controls the pastel tones within your image. And if we go ahead and adjust the pastel tone slider, you'll see that it's moving the saturated tone slider. Simply because we have the check box checked link pastel and saturated tones. In you wanted to control those separately you would uncheck the check box and then you would have separate control over each one. You also have your pastel saturated tones threshold options, which adjust the area of influence of the saturation sliders for both the pastel and saturated tones. And here you have the protect skin tones check box. If you select this box, colors that are similar to natural skin tones in your image will not be affected when you make adjustments to your image's vibrance. And beneath that you have the avoid color shift check box, which helps avoid hue shifting so that colors don't change into a different color as you're making your saturation adjustments. And, at the very bottom you have the skin tones HH box. This box allows you to change the hue or color of your skin tones. For this particular image we're going to make a very slight adjustment to the saturation. We'll take the pastel tone slider ever so slightly to the right, and we'll bring it up to a value of about eight, and that brings us to the end of this lesson. In this lesson we slightly adjusted and neutralized the colors in our image by increasing the saturation. In our next lesson, we'll explore the noise reduction and pre-sharpening tools within Raw Therapy.

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