Graphics Programs Reference
The primary purpose of
Photoshop is to act as a digital
darkroom where images can
be corrected, enhanced, and
refined. How do you know an
image needs touch-up? You
can pretty much assume every
image can look a little (or even
a lot) better than how the cam-
era captured it. Whether it's
adjusting the exposure, increas-
ing contrast, or boosting satura-
tion, Photoshop is the place to
improve an image.
Learning how to spot problems
and then choosing the right cor-
rection technique is an essential
part of mastering Photoshop.
Several different tools are available, some more useful than others.
By analyzing the most important tools and determining in which
situations they might help you, you can achieve a more thorough
understanding of color correction.
The left image is as shot by the camera. The right image has been refined using
the Camera Raw plugin. You can open the Ch10_Major_Fix.NEF file to experiment.
New users often have a difficult time when color correcting or
enhancing images. They generally lose sight of the goal: making the
image look better while still being believable. Many users go “too
far” in their quest to fix images. If the image starts to look fake or
too altered, it will be distracting. Although getting it “right” requires
some practice, here's some general advice to get you started: