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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PPW Tools Panel, Version 4 Beta

by Dan Margulis October 17, 2014

We announce a public beta of panel version 4, with several new features, two new actions, and support for Photoshop CC2014. The first beta was posted in October 2014; version 4.0.5 went up on December 11, 2014, and was declared the official version, replacing version 3.3, on January 1, 2015. Click here to download it […]

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Darken/Lighten v. Darker Color/Lighter Color

by Dan Margulis August 24, 2014

It’s always hard to find distinctions between procedures that yield the same results most of the time. The blending modes Darken and Darker Color (and their cousins, Lighten and Lighter Color) often are indistinguishable. In view of the importance of blending separate versions in the PPW, I’ll show a case where they differ. The theoretical […]

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Color Distribution, Printable and Otherwise

by Dan Margulis July 26, 2014

My friend and fellow author Russ Brown sent me an image of an Amazon milk frog, which he grabbed from the web somewhere. The interior of the mouth is a very unusual cyan. Whether this image portrays it accurately is unknown to either of us, as we have never seen this particular amphibian in person. […]

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Applied Color Theory in September

by Dan Margulis April 30, 2014

Update 25 July 2014: The class described below is sold out. The sponsor will waitlist on request. 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, […]

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A New LAB Description/Calibration Tool

by Dan Margulis March 22, 2014

For those interested in how LAB works, and also in gamut issues, I’ve posted a downloadable LAB grid for experimentation. It looks, more or less, like this: The vertical axis, from top to bottom, goes from positive to negative in the A channel, that is, from magenta to teal. The horizontal axis, from left to […]

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