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!