Photoshop Tip: Are your eyes deceiving you?

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: January 3, 2012

Category: General

Hi Folks,
Whilst I’m here working through some editing I thought I’d take a quick break and post up a quick Photoshop Tip…

Ok so by default when we’re working in Full Screen Mode in Photoshop, the surrounding background workspace colour is set to quite a light grey. Now because this grey is quite light it can cause your eyes to play tricks with you in thinking that the image you’re working on is actually brighter than it really is. It’s very much the same as if the background workspace colour was red for example in that this could trick your eyes into thinking there was a red colour cast to your image.

So one way to help your eyes out is by changing this default light grey to one that’s a little darker…say 50% grey, and here’s how we can do just that in 2 simple steps:

Step 1
Place your cursor over the background workspace whilst in Full Screen Mode and Right Click. This will bring up the options you see in the image above and from here simply select Custom Color

Step 2:
When we select Custom Colour we’re then presented with the colour picker and here’s where we can choose whatever colour we want. Obviously we want to keep it neutral so to get a 50% grey, in the HSB section just make sure that B is set to 50% … then click OK

And that’s all there is to it. Of course how you’re image appears on screen very much depends on the lighting in the room where you’re working and having your screen calibrated but this technique can certainly go a long way in helping you get accurate results.

As always if you have any questions or comments please feel free to make use of the comments section below but in the meantime,
Enjoy 🙂

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  1. Jim Thomson

    Good idea, thanks Glyn!

  2. Elaine

    Thanks, Glynn! I read this somewhere else recently, but promptly forgot about it :~/ So I just followed your instructions and it’s done :~)

  3. Elaine

    Oops~~sorry~~I spelled your name with two “n”s instead of one :~/

    • Glyn

      Elaine…I’ve been called worse 🙂 lol

    • Glyn

      I wouldn’t worry about it Elaine…I’ve been called a lot worse 🙂 lol


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