Great color begins in the camera with great lighting and proper exposure, as seen in the above professional snapshot of young Native American dance students performing on a live theater stage, the color is very good.
But what most people may not realize is how Photoshop® is used to balance, enhance true and artistic color, and convert it for various printing and viewing applications during the work flow. This process is based squarely on the skills and talents of the person working in Photoshop, but even the best color is very easy for someone to screw up if they don't know what they are doing when they open or print it....
HOW TO GET GREAT COLOR IN PHOTOSHOP
Above Photoshop image was shot with a Nikon D300 digital camera in NEF RAW format. It was then opened in Photoshop CS4 using Adobe Camera RAW (ACR) Plug-In using 16-bit wide-gamut ProPhoto RGB color space and a professional Adjustment-Layer image editing workflow.
Lastly, it was flattened in Photoshop, cropped and scaled then using Photoshop default Save For Web settings the color was Converted to 8-bit sRGB and Un-Tagged (I actually prefer the untagged color on my monitors because it gives me a slight saturation boost).
EMBEDDED ICC PROFILE NOTE:
I also created and placed a Tagged version in a rollover (just CLICK ON the large Photoshop color image above to see its color-managed true color with its embedded ICC profile). You will need a color-managed Web browser to see the color change effect.
EXAMPLES OF FANTASTIC PROFESSIONAL COLOR
Professional color photography by G. Ballard, San Diego, for www.SCAIR.org.
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