“How To” Series: Photoshop’s Color Tools and Systems

Photoshop Screen Capture with Color Picker. Click to see a larger version.

Photoshop Screen Capture with Color Picker. Click to see a larger version.

To work with colors in Photoshop it is helpful to understand how Photoshop deals with colors and the relationship between the RGB, HSB, and other color systems. This series is a basic introduction to Photoshop and color.

Series Links

“How To” Series: Photoshop’s Color Tools and Systems – An Overview (this article)

Learning Photoshop Colors – A Color Picker Tutorial

A Handy Online Color Picker

Tutorial: Using Photoshop’s Color Selection Tools

How to Create Your Own Photoshop Color Wheel

Article Links

The Best Digital Photography Books

The Best Introductions to Elements, Photoshop, and Lightroom

Lightroom & Photoshop: The Essential Books

The Best Books: The “Mastering Photoshop” Series

Book Purchase Links

If you want to master color in Photoshop, these are the books to get. Click on a title link to buy the book from Amazon.com via my photography store.

Professional Photoshop: The Classic Guide to Color Correction (5th Edition) by Dan Margulis.

Dan Margulis is the best of the best. He is one of the first three persons to be named as a member of the Photoshop Hall of Fame. What Margulis teaches you to do with color is amazing. The before and after images will make your jaw drop.

Scott Kelby, President of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, says “Dan Margulis is the world’s leading expert on Photoshop Color. Professional Photoshop is considered to be the bible on color correction and prepress.”

David Biedney, author of Photoshop Channel Chops, says “Dan Margulis is simply the best writer in the computer graphics field today, and his staggering knowledge of working with imagery in Photoshop and getting the results onto paper is unmatched by any self proclaimed ‘Photoshop Guru.’ He has an amazing sense of humor, arrives to the point in the most entertaining and comprehensive ways, yet never wavers from the task of teaching you how to think better.”

This wonderful book is out of print but you can still get it from Amazon. Just click on the link to the book title and then use the Buy at Amazon button.

Photoshop LAB Color: The Canyon Conundrum and Other Adventures in the Most Powerful Colorspace (2nd Edition) by Dan Margulis

Why get this book?

David Biedny, author of Photoshop Channel Chops, called Photoshop LAB Color “probably the most important Photoshop book ever written.”

Scott Kelby, President of the national Association of Photoshop Professionals, wrote “This book will radically change how we do color correction . . . it’s that revolutionary.”

This is the second edition. You can also get the first edition on the used market from Amazon.

Adobe Photoshop Master Class (2nd Edition) by John Paul Caponigro. John Paul Caponigro is a master at both photography and Photoshop and one of the best authors when it comes to color and Photoshop artistry. He has an excellent monthly column in Digital Photo Pro magazine. If you want to learn how to adjust colors to turn your photographs into works of art, this is the book to get..

This is one of many wonderful out of print books that you can get from Amazon’s third party sellers. Just click on the book link and choose the Buy at Amazon button.

These books and a lot more are all available in the Mastering Photoshop and Lightroom section of my Amazon.com powered photography store. You get the same great Amazon prices, fast delivery, excellent service, and guarantee. And you help support my photography sites. Thanks.