Color Correction 101: How to Do it Properly [Tips Included]

Color Correction

In this guide, Nesso photo retouching experts will help you better understand how to do color correction and the tips to produce high-quality, professional-grade images in popular industries such as fashion, model, and jewellery.

Let’s dig down further!

What is color correction?

Color correction involves adjusting the colors of an image to achieve a specific look or correcting color issues caused by lighting, environment, or other factors. Color correction plays a significant role in conveying an image’s mood, atmosphere, and overall aesthetic.

For example, a fashion image with inconsistent skin tones or color casts from clothing or lighting can look unprofessional and unappealing. In contrast, a well-corrected color image can evoke emotion, communicate a message, and even enhance the picture’s main object.

Therefore, understanding color correction techniques and tools is fundamental for producing high-quality, professional-grade images.

How to do color correction Photoshop?

Though there is a lot of photo editing software, a general thumb up is that Photoshop is the best tool to do advanced and meticulous color correction for your images.

Here are some basic steps to follow to do basic color correction using Photoshop:

  • Step 1: Open the image in Photoshop and create a duplicate layer. This step ensures that the original image is not affected during the color correction process.
  • Step 2: Use the Levels tool to adjust the overall brightness and contrast of the image. Move the sliders until the image looks well-exposed and with good contrast.
  • Step 3: Next, use the Curves tool to adjust the mid-tones, highlights, and shadows of the image. Make the necessary adjustments until the image looks natural and well-balanced.
  • Step 4: Use the Hue/Saturation tool to adjust the image’s saturation and hues of specific colors. This step is useful for removing color casts or changing specific color elements.
  • Step 5: Lastly, use the Color Balance adjustment tool to adjust the image’s color balance. This tool helps correct color casts and achieve the desired color temperature for your images.
  • Step 6: Once you’re satisfied, merge the layers, save the image, and export it in the desired format.

Where is color correction used?

Thanks to its huge benefits, color correction is leveraged in a wide range of industries, notably in fashion, model, and jewelry images.

Color Correction for Fashion Images

Fashion photography relies heavily on accurate and consistent colors to convey mood and atmosphere. Common color issues in fashion photography include skin tone inconsistencies, color casts from clothing or lighting, and overall color balance. 

Some tips for achieving a consistent color palette across a series of fashion images include:

  • Shooting in consistent lighting conditions.
  • Applying the same color correction adjustments to all images in a series.
  • Using color grading tools to create a unified look.
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A product images of two pieces of clothing before and after being color corrected by Nesso

Color Correction for Model Images

In model photography, a natural-looking skin tone is crucial for creating a polished and professional final image. However, there are several issues with the color of model images, such as uneven skin tones, white cast from makeup, bad lighting, etc. 

When correcting color of model images, it’s important to maintain a natural look. So you should avoid over-saturation and over-sharpening. Instead, use a selective color adjustment to target only skin tones and a soft brush to apply the correction. 

By following these tips, model photographers can produce high-quality images that enhance the natural beauty of their subjects.

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Color editing places an emphasis on the model and the outfit done by Nesso photo retouching experts

Color Correction for Jewelry Images

Color correction also plays a significant role in jewelery retouching process. Common color issues in jewelry photography include unwanted reflections, color casts from the environment or the jewelries themselves don’t appear as they do in a real-life setting. 

To correct lighting issues with jewelry images, use Levels adjustments to adjust the brightness and contrast of the image, and Curves to adjust the overall color balance. Then leverage Hue/Saturation to fine-tune the colors of specific elements in the image.

To achieve accurate and consistent color in jewelry images, it is important to use consistent lighting and color calibration tools such as a color checker. Shooting in a controlled environment with diffused lighting can help to minimize unwanted reflections and color casts. Monitoring the image on a color-calibrated monitor is also essential to ensure the colors are accurate.

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As you can see, before retouching, it’s very hard to differentiate the gold and rose gold colors on the ring

Wrapping up!

In conclusion, color correction is essential in producing images that stand out and meet the industry’s high standards in various fields. By understanding the common color issues and applying the appropriate color correction techniques, we hope you can retouch images that accurately represent the main object’s colors and details, conveying the desired mood and atmosphere. 


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