Color Tools Comparison In Photoshop

There's an old saying that says "There's more than one way to skin a cat". Now I don't condone the actual act of skinning anything, but the sentiment holds true especially when it comes to Photoshop. I see SO many different styles of retouching and color correction and the fact is that they're all correct- if they achieve the desired result. Some photographers and retouchers prefer using Curves to color correct and others enjoy the ease of Color Balance and Selective Color. In this Case Study I've taken a simple approach to demonstrating the strengths and weaknesses of each tool so that you can determine for yourself whether or not you're using the best tool for the job. Color Correction with Curves Using a grayscale gradient I make a simple Curves color move on a section of the image and then try and replicate that move as close as I can using the other 2 color correction tools(Color Balance, Selective Color) on a different part of the image- side by side- so you can see how each tool works. Since Curves is my tool of choice and can handle most any color problem, I used it as the reference. So […]