gamut correction in Adobe Photoshop CS2 v. 9.0

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gamut correction in Adobe Photoshop CS2 v. 9.0

So, I made a paper and a had to correct the gamut. I adjusted the brightness and saturation and I wasn't thrilled with the new color, but even worse, I can't seem to get rid of a few individual pixels that are still out of gamut.

I was wondering if there is a method and if someone could tell me exactly how to clean up all the all of gamut pixels? Or perhaps there is a really good script that would run in the Photoshop version I'm using?

Thank you!

I'm not an expert on this, i even just recently (today!) discovered that there is something out there that's called being 'out of gamut' smiley

My guess is that the change you want to make is not applying to all pixels because they don't have the exact same color to begin with. I don't think adjusting brightness or saturation will do the trick if you only apply it to the whole if you make a selection by color (i.e. with the magic wand tool).
Maybe you can try using the magic wand tool and raise the tolerance a bit and than apply the desired changes?

Are you familiar with the tutorial by Karen Diamond ( She explains not only how to find out the colors you are using are out of gamut but also how to choose a new one that isn't.

Anyway, that are my two cents. Maybe someone with more experience on this subject can give you more advice, since i'm only very slightly familiar on this.
Good luck!

Thanks Katherine, I hadn't seen those particular tutorials.

The best way to stay in gamut is to start with colors that are already in gamut. In your color picker window you can see a traingular warning sign next to your color - this warns you the color you picked is out of gamut and will not print correctly. After choosing colors that are in gamut, you can still end up with an end product that is out of gamut - some blending techniques or styles may have altered your starting color. You can check if your color is out of gamut (in Photoshop) by choosing 'View > Gamut Warning' in the top menu. Out of gamut colors should now become gray (don't panic, once you have unmarked the Gamut warning, all will be normal again).

The easiest way to fix out of gamut object is by converting them to CMYK and then back to RGB. Go to Edit > convert to CMYK and after that Edit > convert to RGB. If your element or paper is waaaaaay out of gamut, this can alter your colors massively. That is why you should always starts out with in gamut colors and use this fix only for parts that have gone out of gamut after playing around with it...

The ladies above already summed it all up, but I had to ad just two cents: Usually, a few small pixels out of gamut will pass QC in papers, because JPG compression sometimes drops things out...

Thank you all! It's nice to know that you all understand the problem exactly, lol. I tried your suggestions and it's much better now. Back to the drawing board.

Melo, I really wish that Elements had the colour conversion option! A while ago, I asked Rita from The Coffee Shop Blog if she could create an action to do this, and she tried to do one, but eventually had to give up as it just wasn't working. smiley