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TUTORIAL AUGUST 28 , 2001

Photoshop Tips: The Digital Darkroom Target Workflow
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Set the black and white point
Select Layer > New > Adjustment Layer. In the New Adjustment Layer dialog box, for Type, select Levels and click OK. In the layers dialog box, slide the highlight and shadow triangles in the input area under the first pixel data in the histogram. If there is an area in the image that is neutral gray, use the gray balance eyedropper (the one in the middle)and click in the neutral area in the image. Click OK.

Adjust the midtones
Select Layer > New > Adjustment Layer. In the New Adjustment Layer dialog box, for Type, select Curves and click OK. In the curves dialog box, set points on the curve and raise and lower the points to adjust the quarter tones, midtones and three quarter tones of the image. You can place up to 16 points on this curve Note: to make more grid lines appear in the curve dialog box, option click in the grid area.

Adjust the color
If there are color casts in the image, select Layer > New > Adjustment Layer. In the New Adjustment Layer dialog box, for Type, select color balance and click OK. In the Color Balance dialog box, drag the sliders to adjust the colors subjectively. Note: you can also use the color samplers to sample up to 4 areas in the image and adjust the color numerically by looking at he info palette readout.

Make local tonal and color corrections
To make local tonal and color corrections, select the area that you want to effect. Then, select Layer > New > Adjustment Layer. In the New Adjustment Layer dialog box, for Type, select the adjustment that you want to make. (We made a selection of the window and used the Hue/Saturation Adjustment layer to change the color. )Note: adding the adjustment layer automatically turned the selection into a mask.

Remove imperfections in the image
Select Layer > New Layer. In the New Layer dialog box, name the layer stamp and click OK. On the tool palette, double click the Rubber Stamp. In the Rubber Stamp Options palette, check the Use All Layers button. Holding down the option key, click in the area to sample from. Then, release the option key and paint over the imperfections in the image. If needed, use the move tool to reposition the new layer.

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Julieanne Kost is graphic arts evangelist for Adobe Systems Inc. For more information on Adobe, please visit http://www.adobe.com.