I've got two different color balance problems.
the first is where I have two photos that I want to match the lighting in each.
The second is where I have a 'control' and I want another photo or print to 'match' it.
Currently I'm having the second problem. A customer brought in an original painting for us to scan and make holiday cards from. But they also brought in a photo print from a local chain and they have asked me to match the color representation from that print.
It is duller, the blues are purple and it is over all darker. Personally, I think the photo is a horrible representation of the painting. BUT IT IS WHAT THE CUSTOMER WANTS. GRRRR.
I've scanned in both the photo and the original drawing. If I print the photo it matches the color of the scan. (but is the wrong crop size and can't be used for the card.) How do I draw color out of that and get my original to 'match' other than just using my eyes? (which is about impossible for me today) I normally use 'sample/target balance' in corel PhotoPaint, but you can't do that between two layers OR between two files. This would be a great change to make in x7 or an update.
Phil1923 said:1. I accept that it's not going to be perfect -- unless you want to spend a
few hundred hours on it.
2. I prefer to use Curves in the Lab color mode. I also prefer the
Straight style but most likely the RGB color mode in Curves style will work
as well. I also like to have both images on the same layer.
3. For each Curve (L, a, b), click on the source image. A marker appears
on the Curve. Now click on the same spot on the target image. Again a
marker appears on the curve. Now drag the target marker to the same height
as the source marker. Use Delete to remove the source marker.
4. Believe it or not, that's usually enough to satisfy the members of my
Senior Citizen club.
5. However, you can keep repeating this procedure for other spots on the
That produced some interesting results... I can see that being very useful. (Still it would be nice to work it on TWO documents at once instead of having to bring one document into the other.)
Mike Ver Duin said:The second is where I have a 'control' and I want another photo or print to 'match' it.
Try this free plugin. The examples on the page are not the best.
Jeff Harrison said:Try this free plugin. The examples on the page are not the best.
OH MY GOD.
That worked 100% the first time. WHY IS THAT FREE?!?
On another note, this is going to make photo manipulations that much easier.