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September, 2012

Welcome to my share page. Each month I'll try to bring you an enlightening thought, quote or tip. Questions or feedback is always welcome at: roger@imageinations.com

PHOTOSHOP TIP OF THE MONTH

USING THE COLOR SWATCH PALETTE

The COLOR SWATCH palette is good for more than just picking out a color. If you don't have the palette open go to WINDOWS>SWATCHES. You have a lot of color choices including several shades of grey. If you click on any color that becomes your FOREGROUND color which you can use to paint, fill, or type with. If you want to save a color that you have carefully created or sampled (use the EYEDROPPED tool to sample any color in an open image) you can add that color to your SWATCHES palette. There are two ways of doing that: 1) To add your FOREGROUND color to the palette click on any open area at the end of the swatches. This will open the color swatch name dialog window and you can name your color. Let your cursor hover over any color and you will see the name. 2) You can click on the New Swatch icon (looks like a page with the corner folded up) to do the same thing.

color swatch palette

Drag any color to the trash can to delete it. If you CONTROL-click (CMD-click) on a swatch that then becomes your BACKGROUND color. Hold down the ALT (Option) key and click on a color to delete it.

You can also click on the drop down menu in the upper right corner of the palette to give you options for other sets of colors to be used for certain printing or web applications.

 

QUOTE OF THE MONTH

The purpose of art is to raise people to a higher level of awareness than they would otherwise attain on their own. - Brassai

BrassaiThe precise instant of creation is when you choose the subject. (meaning that the essential thing occurs at the moment when he, the photographer, meets the reality he wishes to capture. - Brassai

Do you know what Picasso said when he looked at my drawings in 1939? “You’re crazy, Brassai. You have a gold mine and you spend your time exploiting a salt mine!” The salt mine was – naturally – photography! - Brassai , Dialogue With Photography by Paul Hill , ISBN: 0948797665 , Page: 39
This book is available from Amazon.com

Click here to see more Brassai images

PHOTO THOUGHT OF THE MONTH

A lot of people seem to be confused about QUALITY settings when taking pictures. You lower the quality settings one notch and suddenly you can get 2000 images on your 8 gig card. Why not?

My answer is that you might just get a great image that you want to keep, print, and hang on the wall. It might as well be the best quality you can get. Memory is cheap. When I got my first digital camera I got a 1 gig card for $125!

So set your camera on the best quality and the largest image size that you can. But what about RAW? RAW is described as almost like "being there." You can adjust the exposure by more than two stops in either direction; you can change the white balance; you can sharpen, crop, monotone, vignette: all without ever touching the original information. You need special software to open and adjust a RAW image and it uses about twice as much information as the highest quality jpeg file, but well worth it.

For more on RAW click here.

For information on studio or home lighting consider my book on lighting, signing up for the seminar, or checking on-line tutorials.

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