Color is a wild beast. One that you admire, exalt, and even brood over. But the second you think you have it figured out, it can change on you. It looks different in print, it transforms on the Web. Color cannot be caged and will not be tamed.
Even so, Photoshop tries. It knows you adore color. But it also knows the beast. Photoshop sees color for what is it, a 3D landscape of luminance levels, clawing at each other and competing for your attention.
There is RGB, the creature that is captured. And CMYK, the monster chained and offered to the world. And finally there is Lab, the beast itself.
RGB and CMYK are the wildest of varieties, perhaps because they are the least representative. Lab is you-on-color, terrifying at first until you discover that you are in possession of the whip. I’m not advocating that you actually whip your colors. (That would be . . . meaningless!) But I show you how to wield the whip so you can keep the beast at bay.
Out of several hundred guesses, we had three spot on and three very close. This week’s winner is NigelWorwood of Sarisbury Green, Hampshire, England, who guessed exactly, precisely “RGB CYMK and Lab.” Sarisbury Green is about 32 miles southeast of Stonehenge, which must be why Nigel is so familiar with mysterious creatures like color. Congratulations, Nigel!
Now it’s time to guess Feature #5. Hint: I have an entire lynda.com video series devoted to this topic. And it’s the only such topic that I haven’t touched on in a previous Photoshop Top 40. Keep an eye out for my newsletter in your email inbox.
This week’s beastly photograph is file #4511997 from Oleg Kozlov of the Fotolia image library. For an exclusive dekeOnline deal, click this link.
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Best of luck on Feature #5!