Thursday, December 1, 2011

Who Needs PhotoShop!?

Go to The Challenge of Color Blog Hop HERE

Color Correcting Your Photos without PhotoShop

Who needs Adobe PhotoShop when you can do all you need to do in Picture Manager? I took Erin Prais-Hintz’ Challenge of Color Blog Hop and read quite a few participants’ complaints about their own photos. These complaints come in two forms: color and focus. Almost all digital cameras have a Macro setting which does the job perfectly, with a bit of practice. What I want to “focus” on, though, is the biggest problem: color.

As you can see, different light sources have different effects on colors. The above photograph is of the same length of cloth on a pure white background in fluorescent (light tube), incandescent (light bulb) and natural light, but even natural light needs a bit of help.

My secret is pure white paper. In the photo below, you can see a “split screen” with the raw digital data straight from the camera on the left and the corrected half of the photo on the right.

There’s an easy 8 step process whereby you can color-correct any photo if you have pure white in it. Here’s how:

#1 Open your photograph file in Picture Manager and select “Edit Photo” from the top tool bar.

#2 In the right hand panel, select Color from the “Edit Using These Tools”

#3 Click on Color and you will get a button above called “Enhance Color”

#4 Click the “Enhance Color” button and mover your cross-hairs/cursor over the photo to a section with the pure white paper.

#5 When you click the cursor over the white, the photo will be color corrected. Ta-Da!

#6 Then you can go back to “Edit Photo” (#1) and select Crop from the “Edit Using These Tools”.

#7 Move the Ts and the Corners to crop out anything that detracts from your gorgeous work – like dog hair or dust bunnies but especially little scraps of pure white paper - - -

And you are DONE (#8 Don’t’ forget to save!)

Give this a try next time you need to post some of your photos. I'd love hear what you think!


T... said...

Emanda, this is just perfect, thank you so much for taking the time to post this for people like's easy and it works!
have a wonderful day

My Life Under the Bus said...

Thanks for that! I never knew this I use different settings in my cameras program . Love having something new to try!

I LOVE color! said...

THANKS a Billion and that is with"B"
Be blessed to be a blessing