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Apple Color: October 2009 Archives

3dscopes-1.pngIn addition to the usual waveforms and vectorscopes, Color offers a 3D scope which scatters the pixels of your image through a 3D graph of the gamut of your selected color space.  It's great for "client wow factor," but I've still not found a student who can think of a really good practical use for the view.  Sure, you can roughly assess the distribution of pixels as you attempt to balance and guarantee consistency across shots -- but the freely-manipulable 3D perspective strikes me as too imprecise to use for much more than you could do with more normal scopes already.

The 3D scopes do offer one feature that almost all of my students agree is useful: if you click any of the three swatches at the bottom of the scope, you can pinpoint the values associated with one specific point in your image (by clicking and dragging on the Preview scope).  In the 3D scope, beside the swatch you have selected, you'll see text indicating the specific color values associated with that point in the color space you're viewing.  Even cooler (but probably less useful), the 3D scope will use bold lines to "triangulate" the selected point inside the mass of points in the 3D field.

In the remainder of today's article, I'll post quick snaps of the different color spaces represented in 3D -- but in the meantime, do you have any killer practical uses for the 3D scope itself?  Leave them in the comments -- the commenter who convinces me that they're uniquely useful on the regular will get a prize.
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