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Photoshop: Creative Lab Color

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Explore the tools, techniques, and creative possibilities of Lab Color in Photoshop. Learn how to enhance and transform images with Lab adjustments and Photoshop blending modes.

Explore the tools, techniques, and creative possibilities of Lab Color in Adobe Photoshop. Lab opens new opportunities for photo enhancement and creative image making, enabling you to apply contrast, sharpening, inversion, and equalization adjustments to individual LAB channels. If you want more exciting images, it's time to explore Lab Color. In this course, Harold Davis explains how Lab compares to other color spaces and how it is implemented in Photoshop. He walks through his own professional post-production workflow for enhancing and transforming images with Lab Color. Then learn how to use Lab for more creative fun and image-making prowess with Harold's custom Photoshop Lab action, color channels, and blending modes. Plus, learn how to leverage images in Lab for pattern making and surface design.


  • The creative power of Lab
  • Color spaces and gamuts
  • The properties of Lab in Photoshop
  • Converting to Lab
  • Exercise files and software download
1. Fine-Tuning an Image with LAB and Curves
  • Using a Lab all-channel equalization
  • Applying a curve to the L-channel
  • Applying a curve to the A and B channels
  • Selective application of a curve
  • Selective sharpening with the L-channel
2. Using the Inversion Adjustment
  • Lab inversions and L-channel inversions
  • Inverting the A channel
  • Inverting the B channel and AB-channels
  • Adjusting contrast with a curve
  • Working with the exclusion blending mode
3. Working with Equalizations
  • Per-channel equalizations
  • The power of opacity
  • Selective equalizations
  • Clouds in landscapes and seascapes
  • Faces: Eyes and lips
4. A Palette of Lab Possibilities
  • Installing Harold's Lab action
  • Using Harold's Lab action
  • Lab meets Andy Warhol
  • Lab adjustments and blending modes
  • Making Lab patterns
  • Creative Lab in your workflow

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Harold Davis

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