Implementing color management first

Before diving into making overall corrections to your images, you'll need to make sure your color settings are made, and that you're proofing your image for the intended type of output. Working in the correct color space and proofing your images as you're making adjustments will ensure that what you're looking at on your computer monitor will be as close as possible to what you will print. (I cover color management in Chapter 3; here's where you put some of those color-management concepts into action.)

Selective color

The Selective Color adjustment (ImageO AdjustmentsOSelective Color) is supposed to be used for CMYK color processes, but you can still use it to adjust individual colors in a photo. Though it's not included in the typical overall-correction process, it's still useful for further tweaks when you want to enhance (or experiment with) your images.

I occasionally use Selective Color to adjust specific colors — enhance, lighten, darken, or change them, without affecting the other colors or tones in the image. I also use this adjustment to darken a blue sky when other methods might throw the sky color out of gamut.

Original image

With Selective Color

Original image

With Selective Color

Here are the steps toward an overall-corrections workflow in a color-managed environment:

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