When Photoshop's Sliders Won't Do the Job, Try the Three Picker Compensation Method

Each new version of Photoshop brings better sliders to the software for adjusting the colors of your photographs. Sliders are great for quick editing and have become a staple of my post-processing. However, sometimes, the sliders are just not enough for getting that exact color you want, and more control is needed. PiXimperfect has an excellent video for taking extreme control over the color correction process.

PiXimperfect is back with another well thought-out video that uses the three eyedroppers in the curves panel. The technique doesn’t stop with the black, gray, and white eye-droppers; it includes extensive use of the curves panel. Don’t let this scare you away from using the video’s technique. The video walks you through the use of the curves panel at an easy-to-follow pace.

As mentioned earlier, Photoshop continues to increase the number of less complicated methods for achieving the same results that only a few versions earlier required multiple and complicated steps to produce. Also, while most users appreciate this, sometimes, the simplified tools do not provide enough control. Knowing and understanding some of the controls like the curves and saturation panels that were so commonly used can still be useful today.  Knowing these tools is especially helpful when extreme adjustments are needed.

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William Howell's picture

I’ve been a Photoshop user, going all the way back to 1998, I believe my program was Elements, one of the first versions. And I did not know that the opposite of RGB is CMY, until just a few minutes ago!
I watch these tutorials, even though I know quite a bit about curves, one can always glean new information.

I had Elements, too -- used it on my Kodak DC210 P&S shots, which were an incredible *million* pixels!! $1,070.00 plus $110.00 extra for a 10 Mb (yup, with an M) memory card. Thanks for the memory.