Color Correction

Top  Previous  Next


This frame allows to adjust and finetune the color appearance of the picture. You can also achieve very surprising or proffessional effects with a combination of the following 5 tabs:


Auto Colors


The auto tab applies 3 automatic adjustments in a single step. The automatic corrections applied are:


Stretch: an automatic histogram stretch for each channel of the histogram
Color Balance: automatically detects color casts and balances the colors accordingly
Saturation: adjusts the level of saturation of the colors


You can regulate the amount of  Auto Colors to be applied on the picture by using the slider.


Example of Auto-colors


fs_11        fs_12        







In this tab you can specify for each of the Ranges Gamma, Shadows, Midtones, Hilights and All the balance between complementary colors, that are: Red-Cyan, Green-Magenta, Blue-Yellow. The tool lets you precisely change the color of your pictures, without loosing their original appearance and details.


You can visualize the correction curves applied by looking at the Histogram Display. Press the Suggest Button for balancing colors automatically.


Example of Color Balance


fs_13        fs_14        





Color Cast


To remove a color cast:


1)Select the color picker tool
2)Click on a point in the picture that you know should be of neutral color (for example white or gray)
3)The color cast in the whole photograph will be removed assuming that the selected source color must be neutralized
4)You can regulate the amount of  Cast Removal to be applied on the picture by using the slider


If you are unsure which source color to choose, try the Suggest Button.


Example of  Color Cast removal


In this example, the neutral point was chosen in the background. As you see in the result, the blue color stain was removed in the whole image, including the face of the boy.


fs_15        fs_16        





Hue, Saturation & Lightness (HSL)


The Hue is a gradient change of color. In the color spectrum, you can distinguish between Reds, Yellows, Greens, Cyans, Blues and Magentas gradations.


The Saturation refers to the vividness of a color. A fully saturated color is very pure and deep; as you reduce the saturation, the colors become progressively more washed out until - at zero saturation - they are just shades of gray.


The Lightness is the amount of white of the colors.


1)First select the color range you want to adjust, by using the color bar or the color range menu. You can also select a color range through the color picker tool and by clicking on the picture.


2)Change the hue shift slider to adjust the color gradation, the saturation slider to adjust the vividness and the lightness slider to add or subtract white to the colors.


Example of HSL


In this example, a dramatic effect was achieved by applying a hue shift of yellow to red.


fs_17        fs_18        





Levels Tab


See the Histogram & Curves topic for more information.





Remember, that correction tools permanently change the appearance of a photograph, and that some of the original information of the picture may be lost. While algorithms in CodedColor are not as aggressive as in many competing programs, always make sure that it's not your monitor that is causing the apparent flaw. That way, you would actually ruin an image because of a badly adjusted monitor. If in doubt, it's a good habit to keep your original pictures in  a backup folder.


When selecting parts of the image using the selection tools, all brushes and correction dialogs only apply to these selections. Selections can also have a feather, reducing the effect of the brush or correction close to the selection borders.





CodedColor PhotoStudio © 2023 1STEIN GmbH

CodedColor PhotoStudio by 1STEIN is an award-winning Windows photo viewer and editor to organize, edit, resize, reformat, correct, compare, sort, watermark, annotate and print digital images, and to edit EXIF and IPTC data in digital photos. You can rename multiple images, remove scratches, stich panoramas, convert RAW photos (from Canon, Nikon, Olympus, etc. cameras), burn digital watermarks, correct colors, batch convert and correct images and generate a web album in HTML5. The software is easier to use than Photoshop, but more versatile than ACDSee, Picasa, Irfanview or Gimp. Many magazines consider it to be the Swiss Knife of Image Editing. Have a look at our Before / After tutorials to get an idea of the powerful capabilities. The software comes with a detailed handbook and a fast database to store EXIF/IPTC data and color information. CodedColor PhotoStudio is the ideal image editing tool for every-day and professional digital camera users. The user friendly interface combines features like expert photo editing & printing, layer editing, web album galleries, slide shows, photo management & cataloging, custom sorting, IPTC & EXIF editor, GPS tagging, perspective correction, barrel distortion, effects, thumbnail generation, resize & resample images, batch conversion, database keyword searching, red eye removal, color/sharpness/brightness & contrast correction, artifact removal, clone brush, scanner & TWAIN import, screen capture, lossless JPEG rotation, transparency (alpha channel) and layers, gamma correction, screen shows with many transition effects, watermark text, image annotations, panorama stitch & animation, video capture, PDF album export, photo layouts, collages, frames, shadows, histograms, automatic white balance, photo sharing, etc. Opens and converts all common image formats: BMP, WMF, GIF, JPEG, JPEG2000, TIFF, PCX, PNG, PSP, PSD, PCD, HEIC, HEIF, AVIF and all current RAW formats. The installation includes our the CodedColor Publisher, a versatile photo layout and DTP tool to create individual and rich photo books.