Color Editor – Selecting the right color range
May 26, 2011 2 Comments
In the Color Editor in Capture One Pro 6 under the Advanced Tab, it is possible to do selective color adjustments.
With the Color Picker, you can pick a color in the image to select the color range you want to work on.
Use the “View selected color range” check box to check that you have actually selected the color range you expected.
Adjust the color range to match exactly the color you want to work on or try to do a new color pick.
On the image to the right, the “View selected color range” check box has been turned on to verify that I have selected all the greens. Once I am satisfied with the selected color range, I turn of the check mark and make my color corrections.
Adjusting the color range for the selected color:
Before starting to adjust a color in the Advanced Color Editor, it is highly advisable to make sure that you have actually selected the right colors.
With the check box “View selected color range” turned on, I use the Color Picker to pick the green stalk of the strawberry in order to select the green colors.
Immediately, I see that I indeed got the color of the stalk but not the color of the leaves. The color of the stalk is too bluish green, compared to the color of the leaves to be included in the color range of the pick.
Now, I can adjust the color range by dragging on the round handles around the selected color.
In this case, I dragged the handle on the color circle’s periphery. This handle allows me to change the hue of the color range. Here, I made the color selection more yellowish green to include the green hue of the leaves.
I also adjusted the Smoothness slider a bit to allow a wider color selection. The Smoothness slider determines how far into the adjacent colors, the color selections reach.
Be careful when using very low values of smoothness in combination with dramatic color changes as this may lead to sudden unnatural color shifts.
Once satisfied with the color range, turn off the “view selected color range” and do the color corrections.