Color Calibration; Using Black And White To Correct Color; A Simple But Effective Tool Page 2

Step 6--Now save the custom curve you've just created (#9 and #10).



Step 7--Close your reference image and open the subject image you shot under the same lighting conditions (#11).


Step 8--Open the Curves dialog and load the custom curve you just created (#12). You should see the results immediately (#13).



Before and After (#14 a&b)



This is a fairly easy technique to master and if used properly will consistently produce accurate results. By creating an Action in Photoshop to apply the curve, entire folders of images can be batch color corrected, saving countless hours of tedious work.

It's possible to use other reference targets but beware of papers that have optical brighteners in them. Often the papers that look the whitest actually fluoresce in UV, making your reference shot inaccurate. You can safely use standards such as the Macbeth ColorChecker or photographic Gray Cards, but using a tool like the Digital Calibration Target is quick and easy. Additionally, Ed Pierce includes a DVD that details a technique to ensure accurate exposure by tweaking the in camera histogram.

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Digital Calibration Targets are available in three sizes and can be ordered from They are reversible and can be used as conventional reflectors also.

The Macbeth ColorChecker is available from


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