Doing More Complex Color Makeovers: Neutrals and Skin Tones

When you are faced with an image that has both neutrals and memory colors, you will really want to adjust the neutrals first to color correct the entire image. Then you can address the memory colors to see if they need more work. Often, performing a neutralization will take care of any memory color problems as well . . . but not always.

1 Open the Woman_with_ Wine.tif image.

Note that the shirt in this image (available for download from the Web site associated with this book) is a neutral — or at least should be: The RGB values should all be equal. If there is a color cast in this image, it will show up as unequal RGB values in neutral areas such as this shirt. Also, the lightest portion of the shirt — which includes the collar and sleeve facing the light source — represents a diffuse highlight, which should be set at approximately 5% (242 in RGB values). In addition, we have skin tones in this image — critical memory colors that we want to be correct.

2 Choose ImageoDuplicate to make a duplicate copy.

Always, always work on a copy.

3 Configure the Info palette and Eyedropper as in the "Performing a Basic Color Makeover" section at the beginning of this chapter.

Same approach: Set the Info palette to measure RGB values and set the size of the Eyedropper tool to 3 by 3 Average.

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