Dan Margulis

Applied Color Theory classes in 2017

by Dan Margulis January 4, 2017

For those wishing to take color skills to the ultimate level, here are the two dates for Applied Color Theory classes in 2017. • ATLANTA, Wednesday, March 22 through Saturday, March 25, 2017. • SAN DIEGO, Wednesday, August 9, through Saturday, August 12, 2017. These classes—four long days, limited to eight persons—have changed the lives […]

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The Presentation of Data: When Red and Blue Are Opponent Colors

by Dan Margulis June 3, 2016

The U.S. presidential campaign offers an interesting insight on opponent colors, and on how best to present data. The conventional way of doing it leaves much to be desired. Residents of other countries have difficulty understanding of the American system, where in effect the election is always decided by voters in a small minority of […]

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Applied Color Theory Classes in 2016

by Dan Margulis January 30, 2016

In September 1994, I took three days off from my day job in New York, and spent them teaching color correction to six people in Atlanta. We were using Photoshop 3, with no adjustment layers, no multiple undo, no actions, and computers with 16 mb RAM. Sterling Ledet gave the name “Applied Color Theory” to […]

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Photoshop 修色圣典

by Dan Margulis December 25, 2015

Chinese readers will be interested to know that the translation of Modern Photoshop Color Workflow is on press now, and should be available within a few days, from the same publisher who offers Photoshop LAB Color (and is working on the second edition) and of Professional Photoshop. The Chinese market apparently has a lot of […]

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Averaging and the Complementary Background

by Dan Margulis November 26, 2015

A recent post on the appliedcolortheory list, discussing my suggested procedure for making gross changes in the color of a product, noted that it used Filter: Blur>Average, which the poster said he never used under any other circumstances. I will now show a related use of it that can really help out certain product shots. […]

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PPW: Blending Strategy in a Flower Image

by Dan Margulis November 11, 2015

Most people who try out the PPW eventually come to the conclusion that it is better to do two or more quick versions than one slow one—even if each quick version has to be somewhat sloppier than it would be if we were more careful. The principle can go further: if we are making versions […]

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A New Beta Version, and an LAB Post

by Dan Margulis August 31, 2015

Two quick updates. First, in connection with the publication of the second edition of Photoshop LAB Color, Peachpit Press asked me to do a promotional article. It’s called “When Too Much Is Just Right: A Decade of Changes in LAB Color Technique,” showing several examples of why it pays to adopt a policy of producing […]

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Photoshop LAB Color, Tenth Anniversary Edition

by Dan Margulis July 6, 2015

The tenth-anniversary edition of Photoshop LAB Color: The Canyon Conundrum and Other Adventures in the Most Powerful Colorspace is now available for pre-order here; the supposed publication date is 25 July. I attended the pressrun in late June, which came out well. It’s now just a matter of when the bound copies get to the […]

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Russian Translation Released

by Dan Margulis May 20, 2015

The Russian edition of Modern Photoshop Color Workflow is now available here (site is in Russian language only), in limited quantities at first with more in a few months. I received my copy last week (note in the lower right corner of the cover, that this is my “personal” copy!) and the printing looks good. […]

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Beauty, the iPhone, the Hammers, and Change

by Dan Margulis November 26, 2014

This post is nominally about a certain application of the Picture Postcard Workflow, but really it is about change for the better, change for the worse, resistance to change, and willingness to change. It features the old, the new, and even the hackneyed. The most iconic image in the Canadian Rockies, taken from in front […]

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