Color Management

Video – Photoshop 101, Class 5: Color Management 101 PLUS Editing for Success

 

 

Howdy to all,

 

Class 5 is a “2-Fer”:

 

1) Color Management 101 (One Hour):

 

•  Proper Color Management allows you to accurately reproduce what you see on your monitor in printed form, whether it is to your photo inkjet printer or files you send to a custom lab. Being able to print with a great degree of consistency and accuracy saves you time, frustration, and money.

 

•  The old adage, “WYSIWYG” (What You See Is What You Get) readily applies when you are properly color-managed. John will show you the 3 steps to successful Color Management and how to implement these into your Photoshop workflow, in a style that even the most die-hard “non-techie” can enjoy and understand.

 

2) Editing for Success (1/2 Hour):

 

•  The second part of this Meetup will focus on the concepts of proper image editing –  or, how do I know which of my many images are ultimately deserving of a Master File?

 

•  So, you just got back from a photo shoot, and you’ve got all these hundreds (thousands?) of wonderful images – now what? How do you properly sift through all of your images, critically pick the absolute best ones, and then make the most out of them using Photoshop?

 

•  When it comes to a great final image, it’s important to be a tough “self-editor” of your images, and then knowing what you’re aiming for before you can properly use the tools in Photoshop.

 

Download the notes for this video:

https://main.wattsdigital.com/images/WattsDigital_CM101-Edit-Notes_06-20.pdf

 

This video was recorded live & online on 06/03/20,
via the San Diego Photoshop for Photographers Meetup group.

Total length: 1 hour & 20 minutes long

 

 

•  Jim Austin’s webpage:

https://www.jimages.com

 

•  David King link & his webpage:

http://www.ndavidking.com

https://www.wattsdigital.com/sdcfairfaq.html#Dave_King_Link

 

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•  Here’s more info about my free online Photoshop Meetups:

https://www.wattsdigital.com/San_Diego_Meetups.html

 

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•  By the way, all of this is part of my Photoshop book designed for photographers,
“Not just another Photoshop Book”,
available exclusively on Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HNLS1Q2

 

Questions? Please contact me – also,  feel free to comment and tell your photography friends!

 

Thx again, and cheers,

 

John Watts

john@wattsdigital.com

 

Need to Calibrate and Profile your Monitor? Here’s how to do it correctly – WITH VIDEO

 

There are 3 steps necessary to successful color management – Profiling your Monitor is “Step #1”.  But let’s face it:  the main reasons most people avoid profiling their monitor are because they’ve got to buy something, and/or they think it’s too complicated.

 

The truth is, it can be quite simple to get your monitor to match the output of your photo printer OR favorite custom print lab.  All you need are the right tools, the main one being a Monitor Profiling package, which consists of a piece of hardware called a colorimeter, and the software to go with it.

 

Here are the two best packages available:

 

1)  X-Rite i1 Display Pro – I love X Rite products, and this is the one I use.  It costs around $225 street price, and is available from Amazon, B&H Photo, etc.  Click here for more from X-rite.

2) Datacolor SpyderX Elite – Around $250 street price – Although the package does an excellent job, I personally don’t think the software is as user-friendly as the X-Rite product.  Click here for more from Datacolor.

 

The following 4 videos (split into 4 parts for ease of viewing) are specific to the X-Rite i1 Display Pro, but the procedure should be similar for the Datacolor Spyder.  Watch all four videos sequentially – these take about 15 minutes (or less) total to watch – Best viewed in HD – Enjoy!

 

 

By the way, here’s a link to my Photoshop YouTube Channel
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Here are some subjects mentioned in the Videos:

 

•  Calibration Starting Point: In the “Advanced Mode” of your software I would suggest setting a calibration “starting point” of:

 

•    5500°K (Kelvin)
•   2.2 Gamma
•   110 Lumens (CD/M2).

 

•  Here’s the procedure for “zero-ing” in your optimal monitor settings: you may need to “zero-in” your optimal monitor settings – but generally I’ve found that the above values are correct 90+% of the time.

 

If, after calibrating and profiling your monitor, you see a trend of your prints coming out consistently dark, then you need to recalibrate and re-profile and lower your lumens value to, say, 100 lumens.

 

Or, if your prints tend to be consistently warmer (reddish-yellowish) overall, change your color temperature to 5000°K.  Conversely if they are consistently  cooler (blue-ish, cyan-ish), change your color temperature to 6000°K.  A note of caution: Before you make these adjustments, all other aspects of your Color Management must be in order.

 

•  FYI, if you’re new to Color Management, here’s a link to my FREE PDF, “The 3 Steps to Successful Color Management” –   Click here

 

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•  By the way, all of this is part of my Photoshop book designed for photographers, “Not just another Photoshop Book”, available exclusively on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HNLS1Q2

 

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Questions? Please contact me – also, feel free to comment and tell your photography friends!

 

Thx again, and cheers,

 

John Watts 🙂

john@wattsdigital.com

 

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