On Thu, Mar 11, 2021 at 02:52 PM, Dan Margulis wrote:
Thanks a lot for this excellent and very instructive analysis. May I try to summarize your points in my own words:
- When doing color correction, a retoucher can choose a certain strategy (a golden look, strong contrast, whatever)
- One strategy is not necessarily better than another, let alone that one is correct and another is not
- When blending two versions that follow different strategies, a beneficial result is not guaranteed, even when blending with a version that is "better" overall
- A "golden look" should not be yellow. As a Dutchman, I prefer to call the addition of red/magenta "more orange"
I followed your suggested steps in the other post, resulting in entry 637. Very instructive again. For anyone wishing to do the same, I think step 9) should add "in Overlay mode".
Now I realize that I urgently need to refresh my knowledge about blending with LAB's A and B channels (chapter 17 in your latest LAB book). When I want my image to look more red, less blue, etc., I routinely add a Curves layer. Using the LAB color channels can be more effective in certain cases.