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Color Balance Midi

Nov 30, 2012, 03:57
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Color Balance Midi
I've thought about this a lot ever since I visited a photo lab that was running the Kodak DP2 system, a high-end content management system designed to be used with everything from scanners to minilab printers, to color correcting, etc.

long story short-- the DP2 system can integrate with a hardware controller to do color balancing, a little box with 4 vertical wheels (like those on a scrolling mouse, but bigger) one each for controlling Red, Green, Blue, and Density levels. Ever since I saw this I thought of how great it would be to be able to control color balance in Photoshop (or GIMP, etc.) with such a system. When I found out that GIMP supported MIDI controllers I was thinking that maybe implementing such a thing using a bunch of faders or knobs should be fairly simple, but in attempting to do so I'm realizing that maybe GIMP doesn't support editing values within a tool such as color balance?

Ideally I'd want to set up a system where I had 9 controls, 3 each for RGB in shadows, mids, and highlights which would all be tweakable at once--

In my work I do a lot of color correcting of scans and digital images alike, and such a tool would make it so much faster to get really precise color corrections--

I can't believe how little interest there seems to be in something such as this! Film colorists have been using systems such as this forever, a three ball three wheel system to do basically the exact same thing-- and I figured that if there's any piece of software that would be open to accomplishing something along these lines it would have to be GIMP--

anybody?
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Nov 30, 2012, 08:14
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RE: Color Balance Midi
In Gimp, "Colors/Color balance" gives you 3 controls (Cyan<->Red, Magenta-Green, Yellow-Blue) that you can apply to Shadow/Midtones/Hilights (I assume that PS has a very similar dialog somewhere). The color sliders react to the mouse wheel if your mouse is over them. How much more efficient would you be with specific hardware buttons?

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Dec 1, 2012, 02:18
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RE: Color Balance Midi
my ultimate goal is to be able to tweak more than one of these at a time, for example, taking blue out of the shadows while adding red to the highlights--

much of the time when you are doing in depth color correction the movement of one control decently far in one direction will require you to compensate with another control being moved the opposite direction, also not having to cycle through highlights, midtones, and shadows in itself would save time-- being able to adjust a highlight color and shadow color at the same time would be super intuitive if you are able to evaluate the color issues of the image as a whole--

therefore my ideal situation would be to have 9 knobs controlling each of these parameters that can be manipulated simultaneously--
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Dec 24, 2012, 20:25
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RE: Color Balance Midi
anybody know if this would be possible? Or if it's possible to add assignability for individual parameters within a specific tool?
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