Don't Fear the Lab Mode
dekePod Episode 003: dekePod has been known to get a little crass at times. And, of course, I'm very proud of that. But this episode, I lift my mind from the gutter and send it merrily floating down a stream, a very real stream filled with imaginary colors that cuts through the backyard of a little world called Lab. Sound enchanting? Damn straight, it's enchanting! Here's the official marketing description:
Color models like RGB and CMYK are frightening enough on their own. But the fact that there's one called CIEL*a*b* D50 (or just Lab), and Photoshop actually encourages you to use it, is terrifying. But Deke says not to worry. RGB and CMYK are for machines. The Lab mode is for you.
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You can also check out the page at my book publisher O'Reilly Media.
And if you're interested in exploring this technique for real -- not in six minutes, but in more than an hour of opulent, immersive, luxuriant detail -- check out my video series Photoshop CS3 Mastering Lab Color, available from lynda.com.