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Taz Tally presents a great training program for learning the art of professional color correction.

Video Training Review: Photoshop CS3 Color Correction From Lynda.com.

One of the hardest things for most people to get a handle on when they are trying to get a good image is the color. This video will help you evaluate and correct your color images. The instructor's goal is to not only show you how to get color correct, but how to do it quickly and easily so you can get back out to what you would rather be doing; shooting more pictures. Photoshop CS3 Color Correction runs 7.25 hours and is divided  into 10 lessons.

Lesson 1, "Setting Up Photoshop for Color Correction" begins by talking about color workflow preferences and some of the things that you can do to streamline your color management efforts. You will assign your color settings, learn about the color tools, customize your workspace, and learn how to use shortcuts on your keyboard.

2, "Managing Images with Bridge" explains navigation and management within the Bridge environment. You will learn to sort, label, and insert copyrights into your images.

3, "Color Image Fundamentals" is where the core learning begins. Here you get your hands dirty with pixel dust. The instructor feels that you need to understand what is going on under the hood, to understand why do a particular technique so when it doesn't work on another image, you will be able to figure out why. You learn about grayscale, channels, bit depth and its relation to grayscale and color as well as learning about how the histogram displays color. You will learn about Info pallet measurements in RGB, and CMYK, as well as learning about Lab color is.

4, "The Evaluation Process: Physical, Visual, Graphical, Numeric" explores four methods of evaluation of your images and asks the question "Should you correct or adjust?" One is where the color is just wrong, and you need to get it right; correction. And one is where the color is good, but you just may want to bring it out more, or change it entirely; adjustment.

5, "Evaluating and Fixing Physical Characteristics" shows you what to do with the physical properties of your image. That is, what size should it be, how do you straighten and crop the image, as well as finding, and fixing noise from within your image.

6, "Evaluating and Correcting Your Color" explains how to use master channel histograms, as well as individual channel histograms, to evaluate the distribution of data within your image. You will work with highlights and color sampler. You will see how to identify and correct for shadows, find and use potential neutrals correction, as well as correcting for skin tone.

7, "Special Topics" cover things like removing noise and screens; a screen pattern in the background, sharpen noisy images, and how to retouch. Also covered is RGB sharpening, and working in Lab Color for better results and control of the sharpening of your images.

8, "Putting It All Together" takes you through the workflow paces by physical changes, setting up the info tool, evaluating the image, setting color sampler points, making corrections, fine tuning, tweaking, proofing and sharpening.

9, "Target-Based Corrections" introduces you to target-based corrections, two-step target based corrections and multi-step target based corrections.

10, "Color Correction Projects" allows you to work through specific images to really learn the art of color correction. You will be working with histograms, the combination of histogram, color sampler and Info, working with highlights, neutrals, skin tones as well as creating image adjustments.

Taz Tally has a remarkably down to earth teaching method that makes the user feel at ease, and makes this a good learning experience. He is clear, and concise, and is not one to just tell; he explains, so that you feel that you really understand what you are learning.

You can get Photoshop CS3 Color Correction two ways. One is as a DVD training package Photoshop Lightroom Essential Training and the other is part of the online training experience at Lynda.com. The DVD Training Package is $99 USD and contains everything you need.

The online training Photoshop CS3 Color Correction comes in three flavors. Monthly at $25 USD/month gets you all of the videos that are available online (approximately 21,811 videos on 318 topics at this time). Annually at $250 USD per year or Premium at $375 USD per year which get all the videos as well as all of the exercise files. Take note that the exercise files are not included with the monthly or annual subscriptions. They are included on the DVD and Premium subscriptions.

You can use Photoshop CS3 Color Correction as a training program for the individual student, as well as the college or vocational teacher looking to supplement their educational materials. It is of benefit to anyone who needs help understanding the color correction. You can also try out the part of the first lesson for free at Lynda.com.

Photoshop CS3 Color Correction Lesson Listing:

Introduction
Setting Up Photoshop for Color Correction
Managing Images with Bridge
Color Image Fundamentals
The Evaluation Process: Physical, Visual, Graphical, Numeric
Evaluating and Fixing Physical Characteristics
Evaluating and Correcting Your Color
Special Topics
Putting It All Together
Target-Based Corrections
Color Correction Projects
Conclusion

About T. Michael Testi

Photographer, writer, software engineer, educator, and maker of fine images.

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