Dan Margulis: the father of modern
color correction in Adobe Photoshop

 
  Dan Margulis

Dan Margulis

Dan was one of the first to make the transition from traditional high-end pre-press to the age of desktop publishing.

His book, Professional Photoshop, was the first to apply traditional, by-the-numbers curve methods to color correction in Photoshop, and is considered by many to be the bible of Photoshop color correction. Subsequent editions, and his “Makeready” column in Electronic Publishing magazine, introduced many techniques that are now standard practice in high-end retouching, such as the use of LAB, targeted sharpening, and channel blending to improve contrast.

Even today, when Photoshoppers are confronted with digital files of exceedingly questionable quality, Dan’s mantra is, there are no bad originals, only bad Photoshop operators. He preaches that all color spaces are one–that every image is CMYK, RGB, and LAB all at once, a ten-channeled opponent that the creative operator can exploit.

Dan's ability to reduce complicated concepts to words that users can understand and his insistence on dealing with real-world relevance have made him today's most influential voice in professional color reproduction. That's why we honor him, and his many contributions to the field of Photoshop education, with his induction into the Photoshop Hall of Fame.

You can find out more about Dan, see his Wikipedia page.

 
  The three original Photoshop Hall of Famers: (L to R) Dianne Fenster, Dan Margulis (far right) Thomas Knoll

The three original Photoshop Hall of Famers: (L to R) Dianne Fenster, Dan Margulis (far right) Thomas Knoll