Step 1: Open File

■ After installing the iCorrect Professional 3.0

plug-in, choose File ^ Open (Ctrl+O) to display the Open dialog box. Double-click the /36 folder to open it and then click the pelican-before. jpg file to select it. Click Open to open the file.

■ Choose Filter ^ Pictographics ^ iCorrect Professional to get the dialog box shown in Figure 36.3.

■ After loading iCorrect Professional 3.0, the initial settings are the settings used the last time the plug-in was used; they are not automatically selected settings for the current image. To adjust

the brightness and contrast of the pelican image, click in the box next to Auto Black Point as there is black in the image. Do the same for the Auto White Point, as the image has an almost pure white. This should improve the image.

■ As the image is too dark, click once on the More button under Brightness. Then click again to lighten the image even more. Each time you click the Less and More buttons, the Brightness increases or decreases by 10 levels. If you want to change the settings in single increments, press the Alt key while clicking the Less or More buttons. Try setting Brightness to + 20.

■ The Less and More buttons under Contrast work the same as the Brightness buttons. Click once on More to increase contrast to +10. Then press Alt and click Less three times to set Contrast to +7.As Contrast increases, so does posterization, so that less is good in this case.

■ After Brightness and Contrast have been adjusted, color correction can be done by using Memory Colors. Click in the Memory Colors box to get a pop-up menu showing: Neutrals, Foliage, Skin, and Sky; select Neutrals. These default settings are for correcting colors of specific parts of an image as suggested by their names. In this image, we only have neutral colors — the black and white tones. Click once in the white area on the pelican's head in the image shown inside the iCorrect Professional dialog box and you should see an instant color change — for the better. The California Brown Pelican now looks much browner as the yellow-green tint has left the image! Now click in the darkest black areas, too. If, when clicking, you get a strange color, you can undo the bad correction by clicking the Undo button and trying again.

If this image were to have some green plants or trees, and a blue sky, you could further correct the colors by selecting Foliage; then click in the green areas, and then click Sky and click in the sky to complete the color correction. But, because those colors do not exist in this image, corrections to this image have been completed.

Before applying the settings to the image, you should know about two other valuable features.

■ Click the Preferences button to get the iCorrect Professional Preferences dialog box shown in Figure 36.4. This dialog box allows you to set the initial Auto Strength of the Brightness and Contrast settings shown in the main dialog box. It also lets you define more memory settings. For example, I shoot lots of night college lacrosse games, so I have created memory settings for photos taken at night on a specific lacrosse field. After shooting photos of a game, I can use these settings to get the colors that I want every time with just a click or two of the mouse button.

■ Click Cancel to return to the main dialog box. You find the other valuable feature in this dialog box at the bottom of the dialog box, which is the Save ColorCircuit button. If you save specific settings using this feature, you can use an additional program that comes with iCorrect Professional 3.0 to batch process an entire folder of photos by using your pre-defined settings.

■ Click OK to apply the settings. After applying a small amount of sharpening, the image looks more like the original scene and similar to the one shown in Figure 36.5.

If you use iCorrect Professional 3.0 and you like it, but want even more control over you images, then you are in luck — as the Pictographics iCorrect Edit Lab 2.0 is a similar, but much more feature-rich, plug-in. Figure 36.6 shows the iCorrect Edit Lab 2.0 dialog box. Notice the four tabs for choosing four different sets of controls.

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