Colour Correction - Order of Operations

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  1. AJ Jewell

    AJ Jewell TPF Noob!

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    I have been reading a lot about adjusting RAW images in PS, and I understand what all of the adjustments do, but one thing I keep running into is where one adjustment will affect another. This results in going back and forth and battling with them. Is there a proper order to the adjustments?

    These are the adjustments that I am talking about:

    (in no particular order)
    -White Balance
    -Hue/Saturation
    -Brightness/Contrast
    -Removing colourcasts
    -tonal adjustments
    -sharpening

    Or, if someone has a nice workflow that they use, that would be great.
     
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    A lot of that can be done with adjustment layers, so each adjustment is independant and completely reversable. I always sharpen last, some say you should resize and then sharpen but I can't tell much of a difference.
     
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    yes, but, even when you have adj. layers, if you correct for a colourcast, and then adjust the brightness, you can get another colourcast (i think :) )
     
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    Garbz No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    There's ways to prevent this. Firstly in LAB colour mode adjusting the brightness will prevnent any colour casts from occuring, although this only works for minor changes otherwise the image looks washed out.

    I'm not sure what you mean with tonal adjustments and brightness and contrast. Are you using the levels tool? If you learn to use curves you can pretty much make all colour corrections, brightness and contrast, and other tonal adjustements in one swoop by adjusting a curve for each channel. It does take a lot of getting used to.
     
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    garbz: yes, I am trying to get used to the curves tool. I know that it is the swiss army knife of tools, but right now, I dont fully understand it, so I am starting with the individual tools on different layers.
     

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