Photoshop CS6: Top 5 Features for Photographers
5 Photoshop CS6: Top 5 Features for Photographers
Color Lookup adjustments
Photoshop has never lacked for ways to manipulate colors. But the new Color Lookup image adjustments in CS6 provide an interesting approach, one based on the use of look up tables (LUTs). These have long been used in the film industry as a way to standardize color between different applications. Not just to achieve consistent correct color, but also to apply special effects. For example, a lot movies these days make use of color grading to achieve a distinctive color look, which might be applied to all the footage in a film, or may be applied selectively, to create a sepia vintage feel, or add a deep blue color to night time scenes.
In Photoshop CS6 you can add a Color Lookup adjustment layer and in the Properties panel select effects from one of three different menu options: 3DLUT File, Abstract or Device Link. These coloring effects are achieved by remapping every color in the image to a different one using a lookup table. It is interesting to click on each of the menus to explore the results that can be achieved when selecting different effects.
|This shows the Properties panel view when a Color Lookup adjustment layer has been added to an image.|
I suppose you can look upon these as being like Photoshop action recipes. However, one huge advantage of using these LUTs is that unlike Photoshop actions, you are not limited by the need to maintain the same RGB color space in both the created action and the image to be processed. The Color Lookup effects are consistent regardless of the RGB space you use.
|The effects (from left to right) are Normal, Candlelight CUBE, 2Strip, TealOrangePlusContrast|
|TensionGreen, GoldCrimson, FuturisticBLEAK, and ColorNegative.|
If the features I've just highlighted make Photoshop CS6 a compelling upgrade for you, there are a few purchase options you'll want to consider. Photoshop CS6 is available in both a standard and extended version (the features I've shown are common to both).
If you rely on other Adobe CS products like Illustrator or Dreamweaver for example, you can also purchase Photoshop as part of a broader CS6 Creative Suite package, with four different configurations - at different prices - from which to choose.
In addition, there is now the option to subscribe to Adobe's Creative Cloud service for a monthly fee. While this monthly service includes online storage space you must take into account whether upgrading by subscription is cost effective compared to an outright purchase. In the past, Adobe has upgraded their range of Creative Suite programs roughly every two years. With Creative Cloud priced at £46.88 per month here in the UK, that is equivalent to spending over £1,000 over a two-year period. For me then, the more sensible option was to buy a CS6 Design Suite upgrade. Your mileage of course may vary.
- Extreme Contrast Edits in Lightroom 4 and ACR 7
- Photoshop CS6 Blur Gallery Tutorial
- The 15-minute Makeover: Photoshop Beauty Retouching
- Filters after the fact: Digital split ND filters versus HDR
Martin Evening is an award winning advertising and fashion photographer based in London, England. He is also a best-selling author of instructional titles such as The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Book and Adobe Photoshop CS6 for Photographers.
Jun 16, 2015
Apr 22, 2015
Jun 20, 2015
Jun 16, 2015
The winners of the 10th annual iPhone Photography Awards have been announced, and they're striking.
If you were disappointed by reports that the Sony a9 struggles with adapted Canon glass, you might be able to take some comfort from Metabones' latest update.
Blackmagic Design has dropped the prices of its Video Assist external monitor/recorders for a limited time. Prices of the SD card-based recorders will be reduced in all markets, while supplies last.
Instagram has started testing a new feature called 'favorites' that enables users to share photos with only certain people. Only a small number of users have access to the feature at this time, though it may roll out to everyone in the future.
Lensbaby has announced the Velvet 85 F1.8 for interchangeable lens cameras. The lens is available in Canon, Nikon, Sony E, Sony A, Pentax K, Samsung NX, Fuji X and Micro 4/3 mounts.
It's the end of an era. Parent company Micron has announced that they are discontinuing the Lexar retail brand. This includes 'memory cards, USB flash drives, readers, and storage drives.'
Youthful trainspotter turned adult photographer, John Sanderson has traveled across the United States, documenting the country's railroads. But you won't find any trains in his pictures.
Sony's new CMOS sensor is backside-illuminated and offers an all-pixel global reset function which should drastically reduce rolling shutter effect when panning.
Shoulderpod has converted its offerings into a lego-like modular system by offering all individual parts of existing products separately, allowing users to build exactly the rig they need for a specific project or simply replace a damaged part.
Photographer Felix AAA has spent the past ten years touring the world with a variety of musicians, capturing behind the scenes shots and portraits. He talks about some of his favorite images on the FujiFilm Blog.
A roll of film discovered in an Argus C2 from an Oregon Goodwill turned out to contain some incredible images – and has been re-united with the original owner's family.
Nikon's 28mm F1.4E ED appears to roundly complete the company's updated lineup of fast, professional prime lenses. We've already seen some initial images from a Nikon ambassador, but we've worked through a gallery of our own, with a lens of our own over the past week. Take a look.
Google is holding a competition that could see your Pixel photos gracing millions of screens.
Nikon's 100th birthday party continues worldwide as a distributor in Italy organized a one-of-a-kind feat: assembling the world's largest 'human camera' from over a thousand volunteers.
Ricoh has dropped the price of its Theta SC 360 spherical camera by to $199, a reduction of roughly $50. The camera features two 12MP sensors and can record Full HD video in addition to stills.
Photojournalist Pete Souza served as the presidential photographer for both Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. In an interview with fellow photographer Marcia Nighswander, he discusses several of his most noteworthy images.
Photographer Michael Wolf has been documenting the crowded conditions of Tokyo's subway trains since the 1990s. The photos have gone viral regularly in the years since he started the project, and he just published the final edition in the series.
The just-launched OnePlus 5 is getting a minor update that should improve camera function.
A Belgian camera shop is showing off an extremely rare, limited 'Rex Edition' Nikon D500. The cosmetic alterations were provided by a customer's German Shepherd Rex, who got ahold of the camera within a day of its purchase.
Adobe says that many of its users have been relying on SkyBox for VR editing and it therefore made sense to make the plug-ins available to all subscribers through Creative Cloud.
The Pictar grip provides a number of customizable physical controls for your iPhone camera, but at its price point we would like to see better materials and build quality.
Peak Design's 'consider every detail' approach shines in the Everyday Backpack. While expensive, it's one of the best options out there for a photographer who needs to pack a lot of stuff in addition to gear.
If you're thinking of using Canon's sports glass on the Sony a9, think again. The ultra-fast camera slows way down when you attach off-brand glass.
The Polish town of Katowice is not famed as an area of beauty, but as all photographers know, that doesn't mean that beauty can't be found if you look in the right places. Mariusz Pietranek used a drone to look down on the colorful sedimentation tanks at an ironworks.
New York Times video journalist Ben Solomon spent a harrowing three weeks accompanying Iraqi Major Sajjad al-Hour as he and his men fought to retake Mosul from I.S. forces.
The 3D VR camera launched through a crowdfunding campaign in 2015 goes on sale beginning June 26.
Noctilucent clouds, a crescent moon and Venus were visible in the pre-dawn sky over Budapest yesterday. Photographer György Soponyai captured NASA's astronomy picture of the day.
Squirming pets won't sit still for photos? A Kickstarter campaign is looking to help.
Find out how Chris Burkard shifted from editorial photography to his true passions: landscapes, conservation and, of course, surfing.
The updated EyeEm app scans your camera roll and picks images that are composed particularly well, have the best quality, or highest chance of selling on EyeEm Market.