PS or PSE11 - 8 bit colour

Started Sep 29, 2013 | Discussions thread
Ron AKA Veteran Member • Posts: 4,875
Re: PS or PSE11 - 8 bit colour

Here are some things to consider. First your camera is likely 10 or 12 bit color, not 16. The human eye can only see about 10 million different colors, and 8 bit color can represent 17 million. On line electronic images are displayed in 8 bit color.

The issue with working in 8 bit color is not lack of colors to display, but how they can be distorted if you do major shifts in the color with the software. If you compress the range for example and then expand it, irreversible changes are made that produce visible artifacts. The main one is posterization. So the trick in working in 8 big color space is to make all your color correction changes in the full original image color depth, which is likely 10 or 12, and what Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw uses. Then make your pixel level edits in 8 bit color space last. This will not produce visible artifacts.

So if Elements 11 has what you need for tools, you should have no fear in using it. Just do not do your color correction and shifting in the 8 bit editor portion. Nothing wrong with using the ACR plug in though for that, or Lightroom of course.

The spot healing brush in Elements is now Content Aware (radio button), so it is helpful in easily making the kind of edits you want to do.

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