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Old 11-17-2005, 01:43 PM
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Exclamation How to match colour exactly - pls help

Hello

I have been given an image to retouch and a reference image that I need to match the colour to. I am trying to do it by the numbers using the eye-dropper tool and shift clicking to get two readings in the same place on each image - then use curves to match the colour. I just don't seem to be getting it correct.

I tried Image>Adjustments>Match Colour but that did not give the correct result either.

Please see images attached. (please note: these images do not belong to me they are the copyright of the photographer)

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Old 11-17-2005, 02:28 PM
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I'm not quite sure which is which. You posted two copies of a pair of images. The first copy has dark shadows. The second copy has brightened shadows. Are you trying to get the colors of the "straight-head" photo to match the colors of the "tilted-head" photo? Do you want to do this for the dark or light versions?

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Old 11-17-2005, 02:33 PM
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Are you in RGB(CMYK) mode or LAB?

Matching colour in RGB mode is very difficult. In LAB, tweaking just the AB curves should make things easy.

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Old 11-17-2005, 02:39 PM
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colour to match first image

The colour needs to match the first image (purple/cooler colour). I had named the jpgs but I didn't realise that you cannot see the file names.
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Old 11-17-2005, 02:58 PM
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image file names

Shellby, you can see the file names if you hold the mouse pointer over the image for a second.
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Old 11-17-2005, 03:07 PM
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colour

Ok then it is the one called MATCH_THIS_COLOUR.jpg
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Old 11-17-2005, 03:09 PM
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Rgb

Oh yes - sorry - It is in RGB mode
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Old 11-17-2005, 03:12 PM
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Shellby, you can see the file names if you hold the mouse pointer over the image for a second.
Only in IE - I switched to Firefix a couple of weeks back and don't get that anymore.
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Old 11-17-2005, 03:40 PM
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RGB colour matching

I have firefox on the Mac and it seems to work for me


Anyone have any ideas on matching colour in RGB?
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Old 11-17-2005, 05:48 PM
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I doubt I'm being helpful here so please forgive me. I'm not even sure if I'm understanding... You want the skin tone to match but not sure about the background. I tried matching the background just incase and then the skin but not the eyes or hair. When I checked the color I was 2 numbers off. Like instead of 233... 231. Is that close enough or no. What I did was use match color first to get it as close as I could, then I duped that layer, used the replace color function, added a mask to bring out the correct colors in the hair. This is what I got. Even though it was 2 numbers off though it is so hard to get the exact same spot every single time and on skin it's so variable. I think I had the most trouble because of the darkness in the other photo. Sorry it's not perfect but maybe it will give you an idea.
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