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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Two New Actions

by Dan Margulis February 14, 2014

You are cordially invited to share in the development of two new actions that are likely to be included in a forthcoming release of the PPW panel. These should be considered beta actions, but the Applied Color Theory list has already tested them and certain problems have been corrected. The reaction to these actions has […]

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Merging Two Quick Versions: A Practical Example

by Dan Margulis December 16, 2013

The basic PPW concept is to separate color and contrast moves almost completely. That concept works no matter how much time you have allotted to work on the image. As a rule, however, it’s faster than previous methods, and it can be made much faster. The text’s emphasis on speed has been controversial with some […]

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A Change in Noise Reduction Recommendations

by Dan Margulis November 28, 2013

My books present state-of-the-art information, but state-of-the-art changes with time. In the years after each publication, certain ideas are proven better or worse than previously supposed. Each of my books, therefore, contains certain information that I now believe to be mistaken, or at least I wish I stated it differently. When this change of heart […]

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Design Tools Monthly, 1992-2013

by Dan Margulis October 22, 2013

Two days ago a not unexpected, but saddening nonetheless, message arrived. Design Tools Monthly, a pioneering publication, is no more, after an astonishing life span of 21 years. In 1992, when Jay Nelson founded DTM, getting reliable information about what was going on in a rapidly changing industry was unimaginably difficult by today’s standards. We […]

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A Million Miles and Counting

by Dan Margulis October 9, 2013

This post is from Dublin, where I landed on Sunday morning. During the flight, somewhere over Nova Scotia on Saturday night, came the moment that I passed one million paid miles flown on United Airlines and its predecessors. That’s a lot of flying, and much of it had to do with color, so it’s appropriate […]

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