Reading a Histogram in Photoshop

by Allisa Carter on October 12, 2012

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The His­togram in Photoshop is your friend. I think of it as one of those super-​​smart friends who you don’t always under­stand, but is the first per­son you call on when you’re try­ing to accom­plish some­thing technical.

I’ve gen­er­ally used the His­togram to eval­u­ate expo­sure in my images, but Tim Grey’s new course Mas­ter­ing Color Cor­rec­tion in Photoshop has opened up a whole new world of pos­si­bil­i­ties in my mind. In this free les­son, Tim shows you how to use the His­togram to your advan­tage by read­ing the indi­vid­ual chan­nels as you eval­u­ate and cor­rect the col­ors in your images.

Don’t stop with this les­son, though — this course is full of great infor­ma­tion for Photoshop users. Not only will you learn some basic color con­cepts, you’ll get tips for shift­ing the color range and bal­ance in an image, ton­ing down prob­lem col­ors, improv­ing skin tones, and more. I really got a lot out of this one, and I think you will too.

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