Step By Step Guide

 

Color Correcting Photos

The Quick Approach

1. Click on the Reset button to undo all previous changes.

2. Click on each of the Auto buttons at the top to get an impression of the color cast present in the image.

3. Click again on the Auto button whose result you like best.

4. Click on OK (or Save As) to apply the correction.


The Effective Approach

1. Click on the Reset button to Undo all previous changes.

2. Click and drag on the preview to select a relatively large area that was white or neutral gray in the original scene. If you don't know what to select, activate the Neutral check box on the Info tab sheet. Then select one of the areas that is still checkered out and deactivate the Neutral check box again. If your computer is too slow or old, you can also activate Instant Preview check box to get immediate feedback about the correction.

3. If the created sample area isn't placed perfectly, hold down the CTRL key and drag it. If there is no suitable sample area available in the image, please use the quick approach above or manual approach below.


The Manual Approach

This approach isn't very easy and needs quite some time. Please use the quick and effective approach before continuing with this one.

1. Click on the Reset button to undo all previous changes.

2. Click on the preview and drag to select an area that was white or neutral gray in the original scene. If there isn't such an area or if you want to enhance the color of a certain object (e.g. grass, sky, leaves), please create a sample area over that object.



3. Switch to the Color tab sheet. The Source color box is automatically selected now. So if you want to adjust the sampled color, please use the three sliders below the two color boxes. Select the HSL item from the Color Model combo box for adjusting hue, saturation and lightness.

4. If you didn't select a gray or white area on the review, but a certain color that you want to change, please select the Target color box by clicking on it. You can click again on it for displaying a color dialog, you can use the three sliders below or click on the color picker icon to adjust the target color. Select the HSL item from the Color Model combo box if you want to adjust hue, saturation and lightness. If you don't want to change the brightness or lightness of the image, please make sure that the Balance button, which is located between the two color boxes, is activated.

5. Adjust the Source and/or Target color boxes until you are satisfied with the result.

 

Correcting Contrast and Exposure

1. If you don't want to keep the current color correction, click on the Reset button. Otherwise don't click on it.

2. Set the Auto Contrast to Normal and the Exposure Fix combo boxes to Autodetect if they aren't already set to it.

3. If you don't like the result, try the other options from the Auto Contrast and Exposure Fix combo boxes. Please note that the Exposure Fix result depends on the Auto Contrast setting. So the same Exposure Fix setting may produce a different effect when the Auto Contrast setting is changed.

4. If your preferred effect is somewhere in-between the options of the Auto Contrast or Exposure Fix combo box, please use the slider below the appropriate combo box to adjust the effect.

5. Additionally you can use the Highlights and Shadows sliders from the Extras tab sheet if you are not satisfied. If there are too bright areas in the image, please decrease the value of the Highlights slider. If there are too many shadows that you would like to see more detailed, please increase the value of the Shadows slider. You can additionally adjust with the H-Contrast and S-Contrast sliders.

6. Try the Sat Fix check box (and maybe also the Boost check box) and see if they produce better results.

 

Correcting the Exposure Visually

1. If you don't want to keep the current color correction, click on the Reset button. Otherwise don't click on it.

2. Select Exposure Stripes from the Split View combo box below the preview.

3. You will now see six areas to which a different exposure is applied. The exposure values of these split view stripes range from -1.00 to +1.50.

4. If you want to see the effect of one of the exposure areas on a different part of the image, move the mouse cursor over that area, hold down the ALT key and drag it to the area of the image where you would like to see it applied. As a result the stripes will be shifted. To move the exposure area interactively, activate the Instant Preview check box. To see the same image content in all six stripes, please activate the Multiple check box.

5. After you decided which exposure stripe looks best, hold down the Shift key and click on it. As a result the exposure stripes will vanish, the Exposure slider will be set to the selected value and the preview will be updated with the newly selected exposure.

 

Correcting A Color Cast and Producing Color Effects at the Same Time

1. Click on the Reset button to undo all previous changes.

2. Click and drag on the preview to select a relatively large area that was white or neutral gray in the original scene. If you don't know what to select, activate the Neutral check box on the Info tab sheet. Then select one of the areas that is still checkered out and deactivate the Neutral check box again. If your computer is too slow or old, you can also activate Instant Preview check box to get immediate feedback about the correction.

3. If the created sample area isn't placed perfectly, hold down the CTRL key and drag it. If there is no suitable sample area available in the image, please try one of the Auto buttons at the top.

4. The sampled color is automatically placed in the Source color box when creating a sample area or when using an Auto button. Switch to the Color tab sheet to see it.

5. To create a color effect click on the Target color box to select it. You can click again on it for displaying a color dialog, you can use the three sliders below or click on the color picker icon to adjust the target color. Select the HSL item from the Color Model combo box if you want to adjust hue, saturation and lightness. If you don't want to change the brightness or lightness of the image, please make sure that the Balance button, which is located between the two color boxes, is activated.

6. Adjust the Target color box until you are satisfied with the result.

 

Producing Artistic Color Effects

The Quick Approach

1. Click on the Reset button to undo all previous changes.

2. Select Hue Stripes or Hue Grid from the Split View combo box below the preview. You will now see stripes or boxes to which a different color is applied.

3. If you want to see the effect of one of the areas on a different part of the image, move the mouse cursor over that area, hold down the ALT key and drag it to the area of the image where you would like to see it applied. As a result the stripes or boxes will be shifted. To move the areas interactively, activate the Instant Preview check box. To see the same image content in all areas, please activate the Multiple check box.

4. After you decided which area looks best to you, hold down the Shift key and click on it. As a result the Split View will be deactivated and the preview will be updated with the newly color effect.


The Manual Approach

1. Click on the Reset button to undo all previous changes.

2. Switch to the Color tab sheet and click on the Target color box to select it.

3. Click again on it for selecting a color from a color dialog. You can also use the three sliders below to change the colors. Select a different item (e.g. HSL) from the Color Model combo box if the RGB sliders aren't sufficient. If you don't want to change the brightness or lightness of the image, please make sure that the Balance button, which is located between the two color boxes, is activated.

4. Adjust the Target color box until you are satisfied with the color effect.

 

Producing B/W effects

The Quick Approach

1. Click on the Reset button to undo all previous changes.

2. Switch to the Extras tab sheet and move the saturation slider to the outer left position.

3. Choose one of the items from the Sat. Method combo box to produce a special B/W variation.

4. Use the Contrast, Exposure and HS features to adjust the image as you like.


The Effective Approach

1. Click on the Reset button to undo all previous changes.

2. If you already opened a black & white or grayscaled image in ColorWasher, please continue with step 5.

2. Activate the B/W checkbox on the Info tab sheet.

3. Switch to the Color tab sheet and use the two color boxes, the Color Model combo box and the three sliders to determine how much dominance each color component gets in the grayscaled image.

4. If you like it really complex, you can apply an additional B/W filter. However, this additional filter can easily introduce artifacts, so be careful. To do it anyway please switch to the Extras tab sheet, choose one of the items from the Sat. Method combo box and move the saturation slider to a preferred value.

5. Use the Contrast, Exposure and HS features to adjust the image as you like.

 

Colorizing B/W images

1. Click on the Reset button to undo all previous changes.

2. Switch to the Color tab sheet and click on the Target color box to select it.

3. Click again on it for selecting a color from a color dialog. You can also use the three sliders below to change the colors. Select the a different item (e.g. HSL) from the Color Model combo box if the RGB slider aren't sufficient. If you don't want to change the brightness or lightness of the image, please make sure that the Balance button, which is located between the two color boxes, is activated.