Chapter 4. Correcting Images

THIS THE PART WHERE YOU GET TO PLAY DOCTOR. The image is your patient, of course, and the first thing you do is look over the image and take a few notes on areas that need improvement. Shadows that aren’t black enough, an overall purple cast, some dust specks picked up during the scan or a pimple that showed up on the raw camera file, and so on. Once you’ve got an inventory of ailments to address, you can plan your procedures and the order in which you’ll perform them.

Once you complete your diagnosis, you can place your patient on the operating table, surround it with all kinds of monitoring equipment (such as the Info palette and the Histogram), and whip out your precision tools—like the Smart Sharpen filter and the ...

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