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Set Color Management p. 62

  • The Always Optimize Colors for Computer Screens choice makes the most sense when you’re creating onscreen slide shows, photos for emailing, posting on the Web, and even ordering prints online. If, however, you always create photos for your own local (desktop) printer then choose Always Optimize for Printing.

Adjust with Variations p. 65

  • It’s common to bounce between the Midtones and Saturation choices in the Color Variations dialog box.
  • If you have a faded print or slide try boosting the saturation in the Variations dialog box.

Fix Hue with Layer p. 67

  • You can readjust the hue/saturation any time by double-clicking the adjustment layer.
  • If you want more control, click in the number text window and use the uparrow.jpg or downarrow.jpg keys to change the number one digit at a time. Use shift_up.jpg or shift_down.jpg to move in 10-digit steps.

Fix Skin Tone p. 69

  • Feel free to try the new Enhance > Adjust Color > Adjust Color for Skin Tone feature on page 32. In this example, that feature fixed the skin tones—but skewed the color of the flowers.
  • With a mask, you can adjust the color and exposure. Depending on which layer you select, you can apply color/lighting changes to the Background or Background copy.
  • Depending on the photo, it may be quicker to create the layer mask using the Magic Selection Brush Tool (see page 54–55).

Remove Color Noise p. 74

  • The remove color noise feature also can be a lifesaver if you’re using a low-resolution camera phone. Faces in particular can wind up looking splotchy.

Warm or Cool Colors p. 76

  • While you could apply a warming or cooling filter to the photo’s Background layer, the adjustment layer preserves your original pixels.
  • Whether you’re warming or cooling a photo, feel free to readjust the Density slider from the standard 25 percent. For a realistic effect, keep it below 40 percent.
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