Dan Margulis: the father of modern Professional Photoshop, was the first to apply traditional, by-the-numbers curve methods to color correction in Photoshop, . Dan Margulis is one of the most respected names in the Photoshop industry. He offers training in the US exclusively through Ledet. Dan Margulis is internationally regarded as the leading authority on color correction. He is the author of Professional Photoshop, which, since its first edition in.
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Dan Margulis is internationally regarded as the most distinguished voice in the color correction and enhancement field.
Dan Margulis – Wikipedia
He is a best-selling author of books on color correction. His professional career until was spent in prepress, first conventional and then digital when, in the s, it became possible to manipulate color electronically. He was running a prepress facility in Manhattan inwhen on a plant visit, Frank Romano, editor of Electronic Publishing magazine, saw a piece of documentation that Margulis had written for photosgop, on how to trap page files properly.
Romano asked permission to reprint it in the magazine. Tom McMillan, editor of Computer Artist magazine, saw the article and proposed that Margulis write a column on desktop production for every issue, and suggested the title Makeready.
But get off the ground it did, and it became the most influential column in graphic arts history, running worldwide, including in two magazines simultaneously in the United States, between mxrgulis We have a summary of the 77 columns, and links to PDFs of many of themhere. Ninety percent of color correction could be handled by monkeys…The rules for this ninety percent of color are so simple that they can be state in one sentence: InPhotoshop was just introducing layers, and had just begun to require that users have more than 8 megabytes of RAM.
Dan celebrated the release of Photosjop 3 with his first book, Professional Photoshop. Earlier that year, Dan opened his partnership with Ledet Training to offer a three-day, small-group color correction course, all hands-on, in Atlanta. The collaboration has continued over the years and the course, Applied Color Theoryhas been offered hundreds of times.
The audience has changed over the years as one industry after another has moved into this type of work. Dan is a popular speaker in Russia. After a large Moscow session infans gave him this traditional matryoshka nested doll. Margulis and his publisher brought out a new edition of Professional Photoshop, with the color materials tripled in size and everything else deleted. The publication came at the same time as the release of Photoshop 5, which had many new color capabilities as well.
In a fateful decision that Margulis later described as one of the worst blunders of his career, the new book was titled Professional Photoshop 5.
Shortly after its publication, he and Ledet Training established an appliedcolortheory discussion list that continues to this day. A title like that requires a new edition with each new Photoshop release.
But in each installment of the Professional Photoshop series, Margulis has rewritten well over half of the content to accommodate new techniques.
Professional Photoshop 6 came out inat the same da that Adobe announced that henceforward new versions of Photoshop would be released on a speedier schedule, every eighteen months. Author-publisher relations broke down over this development. The author was not interested in continuing to write on that schedule; he agreed that the existing title required a new edition was needed as soon as Photoshop 6 was no longer current, but he demanded that the new edition be called Professional Photoshop Fourth Edition rather than Professional Photoshop 7.
The publisher strongly opposed this and relations deteriorated thereafter, with the two sides parting bitterly after the publication.
Bert Monroy and Dan Margulis prep for their forthcoming Italian tour, Meanwhile, inMargulis received a signal honor. The three charter members chosen were Photoshop architect Thomas Knoll, digital artist Diane Fenster, and Dan Margulis, representing educators.
Meanwhile, Margulis had begun to teach Applied Color Theory in other countries. Previously, LAB had been the exclusive property of top retouchers; the new book made it accessible to everyone. Professional Photoshop Fifth Edition, which Margulis identified in the Introduction as being the final installment in the series, appeared in Shortly thereafter, he announced that the Makeready column, which was then appearing in two U.
At about this time, Margulis began to consider a radical new workflow based on complete separation of color and contrast; traditional practice is to manage them together. He unveiled it in Aprilat a presentation to MIT graduate students and faculty. An Italian class in gave this sketch to Dan. The red stain on the floor refers to the sessions where Dan compares the results that each student has gotten on a certain image; this session is known in English as the evaluation.
The basic principles of the workflow stayed the same over the years but many changes and refinements were introduced. InMargulis recorded more than six hours of videos, describing the workflow for Kelby Training, where they are still available.
At about the same time, the Applied Color Theory course was revamped to emphasize the new workflow. And, in a development that would prove to be of significance, one of the first places he taught it was Italy, where the students included several of his current collaborators. The PPW is amenable to automation, as many of its steps repeat from image to image.
Margulis used a set of Photoshop actions in his classes his appliedcolortheory list inupdating them when needed. A team of his Italian friends decided to invest substantial time in adding scripting features to it to allow more user options, and introduced many other improvements.
They spend most of their time traveling, although Dan still teaches the occasional Applied Color Theory course.
The first Makeready column, August