If you read the previous post about image size and resolution you are now familiar with the first step in the image evaluation process.
The next consideration is the color and tonal quality of the image. If you are planning on building a color palette from a particular photograph it is imperative to begin with a photograph that is color-balanced and properly exposed. If the photo is dark, lacks contrast, or suffers from a color-cast, you will be led down the wrong path when selecting colors from the image.
What Should You Do First?
The solution is simple—and key to achieving the results you are after. Adjust the steps in the workflow. Move color correction and retouching tasks to the beginning of the design process rather than the end.
Color Variations Revealed
In this example, if you chose to work from the uncorrected version, the beautiful colors “hidden” in the image would have been missed. The “After” version provides the color resources to create a pleasing palette.
How to Find the Perfect Color
To learn more about finding the hidden color palette in a photograph, download the free article How To Find the Perfect Color from Before & After magazine.
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© Martha DiMeo 2012Tags: color correction, page design, retouching