Posts Tagged "photoshop"

What is LAB Color Space?

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What is LAB Color Space?

  LAB color space is the engine that powers color management Video transcript: The LAB color model is a three axis color system and LAB colors are absolute, meaning that the color is exact. It’s what’s known as device independent; meaning that the LAB color space is the only way to communicate different colors across different devices. An object’s color is measured in LAB color with a spectrophotometer. 00:23 It is a three axis system. The first axis, the L-channel or Lightness, goes up and down the 3D color model and it consists of white to black – and all of your gray colors will be exactly right down the center. All neutral colors will be relatively in the center of this axis. 00:43 The A axis, goes from cyan color across to magenta/red color. And the B axis goes from blue to yellow. So within this area we’re going to plot visual or reproducible colors based on the gamut or the profile of the device we have. 01:05 So we’re going to turn on the sRGB color profile. Most monitors will display in sRGB and sRGB is preferred for any type of internet or web application. We’ll get this thing spinning here and you can see the volume of the colors that you can reproduce from this additive color model. Obviously since dealing with projecting light, they’re very bright colors and they’re very saturated. When to use LAB color space – Matching paint colors to printed media – Matching fabric colors in a catalog or website – Communicating your favorite Pantone color to another media form – LAB color space is the back-bone of all color management between devices in the color workflow   What questions do you have regarding LAB color mode? Please leave your comments below… (24 votes, average: 4.75 out of 5) Loading...  ...

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Make Your Images Hi-Def: Free Photoshop Action Script

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Make Your Images Hi-Def: Free Photoshop Action Script

Needless to say, I love sports and ESPN. I am a big fan of ESPN.com and visit it almost everyday. I have always been fascinated by their photography and it got me thinking- hmmm Photoshop action script – about how they process images for the website. The photos jump off the screen and far exceed the color quality of rival sites. My subconscious always directs me back… So it got me thinking and you’re going to like what i have to share with you! I went ahead and scripted a Photoshop action script that will turn your good photos to great photos. I combined some of my favorite adjustments for you in one simple action in Photoshop. All you need to do is press ‘play’ and it’s all done automatically. Always process copies of your images in case you are not completely happy with the results and make another effort with compensations. Installing the Photoshop action script is easy. From inside Photoshop, go to Window/Actions to open the Actions window. In the upper right corner, pull down the drop-down menu and select Load Actions and select the HiDef3 color Photoshop action script. Click the Play button and presto, you’re image is done and ready for placement. The resulting image is in Adobe RGB and ready to be imported into Adobe InDesign. Yes, the image is in RGB, however you do not need to convert your images to CMYK. Watch this RGB to CMYK tutorial and automatically convert all your images to CMYK upon exporting press-ready PDF. A remarkable workflow that will save you a tremendous amount of time and improve your color quality on press. Drop me a note HERE and I will personally send you the HiDefColor Action Script. Or, if you’re in the market for printing, drop me a note and I will help you get the CMYK color you want in your next print project! Please post your feedback below in comments… Transcript of Video Hi. This is Rick Rys from HiDefColor.com Today’s tutorial is going be a quick instructional video on using the new Hi Def 3 action scripts within Photoshop to automate your image processing. 00:17 Inside Photoshop CS go under the window and select actions. In the actions window you want to select load actions and navigate to where you downloaded your Hi Def 3 Photoshop action script file. 00:35 Mine here is on the desktop, select the file, click open, and now the actions are ready to be used. So from here we’re going to open a couple of files. 01:02 Now with this action script, this action script will automatically assign Adobe 98 RGB color profile to your images. The Adobe RGB color profile is a much larger color gamut so your colors will be much more vibrant. I do not recommend using this for portrait photography. Use the sRGB color profile...

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Installing Printer Profiles (MAC): Where Do These Files Go?

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Installing Printer Profiles (MAC): Where Do These Files Go?

Today’s VIDEO will explain installing printer profiles so they will load correctly into Adobe Photoshop. Take the first step in discovering how to soft-proof your CMYK images in your display or get the best CMYK conversions. BTW, this all starts with a calibrated monitor. You’re on your way to a color managed workflow! Is soft proofing a useful process for you? Please leave your comments below… Transcript of Video Hi. This is Rick Rys from HiDefColor.com. 00:05 Today we’re going to demonstrate installing printer profiles into Adobe Photoshop. Now, I have already downloaded a zip file containing the three color printer profiles – ICC printer profiles – and we’re going to unzip and open up the folder. Inside the folder, you will see the three color printer profiles, the GRACoL and SWOP coated printer profiles. 00:28 And from here we’re going to open a new window into the finder and go into the Macintosh hard drive. We’re simply going to follow a path from Macintosh hard drive, to Library, to ColorSync, to Profiles, and importantly, the Recommended folder of profiles 00:49 which will make any ICC aware compliant program will recognize the profile. From here, we’re going to select our three printer profiles and we’re going to drag them into the Recommended folder. 01:03 From here we can simply close are windows and boot up Adobe Photoshop. And once were booting up from scratch, Photoshop will recognize the printer profiles files and load them accordingly. 01:18 So we’re going to go ahead and open an image, use our embedded profile, and just simply go under the proof set up under custom, and then we pull down the window and now we can see our individual profiles are now inside Photoshop and we can do our soft proofing. 01:35 Look for upcoming tutorial on soft proofing in Adobe Photoshop. 01:40 Until next time, take care and have a good day...

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Free Color Correction Will Make You Hungry

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Free Color Correction Will Make You Hungry

As an introduction to HiDefColor.com, I am offering free color correction services to trigger emotional responses to your print/web marketing production. Drop me a note to take advantage of this free color service and improve your marketing effectiveness. For a visual comparison: Which dish would you...

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Expand your Creative Options with Digital Dimensional Printing

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Expand your Creative Options with Digital Dimensional Printing

How many times have you sat in those marketing meetings trying to think of a clever, unique way of creating marketing pieces? A new innovative and inexpensive printing method is digital dimensional printing. Digital dimensional printing is a raised, high gloss, spot coating that creates an additional sensory feel to your marketing pieces. This raised or 3-D effect helps your communications stand out in a crowded marketplace. Images and photographs that look like they have a textural feel are perfect images to start with since the reader will already have a mental thought of what the image will feel like. Images that are highly detailed are also a great selection to use digital dimensional printing One particular case study is from a residential commercial roofing company. Their marketing challenge was two-fold: one, how to produce marketing samples that accurately reproduce the many different colors of their roofing shingles and two, create the sensory effect of a shingle. The solution? Digital dimensional printing. The individual colored shingles were scanned, not photographed, and brought into Adobe Photoshop for color correction. The colors were accurately matched using a spectrophotometer and cross-referenced with LAB values on screen and readings from the actual shingle. Once the LAB color corrected images were approved, the images were converted to our GRACoL CMYK color profile for printing on Nexpress. The selection for the texture was made by cross-referencing the various color channels and manipulating curves to create a high contrast selection of individual pebbles in the shingle. The marketing campaign results were incredible and great ROI. Digital dimensional printing is a great alternative to raised UV coating and less expensive. It is completely recyclable and does not require any special de-inking process and uses no VOCs (volatile organic compounds) to the environment. What are your thoughts on creative ways to use digital dimensional printing?...

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