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Making quick edits to color

From: Up and Running with Photoshop Elements 12

Video: Making quick edits to color

Here in the quick edit workspace in the editor you can control various properties of color, the overall balance of colors, the intensity or saturation of color and even color hue in your photographs. Here I have a photo that I think has an over all warm or gold color cast. I remember that the face of that dial was light grey maybe even white, certainly not light orange as it appears here. So to try to minimize that color cast, I'm going to go to the Balance controls in the Adjustments panel in the Quick Edit workspace. I'll click Balance to open the Balance panel.

Making quick edits to color

Here in the quick edit workspace in the editor you can control various properties of color, the overall balance of colors, the intensity or saturation of color and even color hue in your photographs. Here I have a photo that I think has an over all warm or gold color cast. I remember that the face of that dial was light grey maybe even white, certainly not light orange as it appears here. So to try to minimize that color cast, I'm going to go to the Balance controls in the Adjustments panel in the Quick Edit workspace. I'll click Balance to open the Balance panel.

Here I have two tabs. The Temperature tab and the Tint tab. I'll start with Temperature, which ranges from cool blues. On the left side of the slider, to warm golds on the right side. And if I want to get back to the original color, I'll click the thumbnail with the white curved arrow. Now there is no right or wrong color balance. It's really something subjective. So, I'm just going to hover over the various thumbnails here, until I find a color balance that I think is pleasing. And then I'll go up to the slider, and I'll fine tune that result.

So, now I've minimized some of the gold color cast, but now I see a lot green in the image. To try to neutralize that I'll go to the Tint tab in the Balance panel. And here, I can change the overall tint from green through magenta. To put that back to zero, I'll click the thumbnail with the white curved arrow. And I'll hover over these thumbnails until I find one that I think gives the correct color balance. I'll select that. And then I'll fine tune the results by dragging the slider.

I'm going to close the Balance panel now. And to get a sense of how far I've come I'm going to compare this result to the original by going to the View> Before and After. So you really can see that the warm or gold color cast has been neutralized with those changes. But I do think the resulting image is a bit dull. It needs some more punch, which I think I can get by increasing the color saturation. To do that I go to another panel in the Adjustments column, the Color panel.

Here I have two ways that I can increase the saturation in this image, either using the Vibrance controls or the Saturation controls. Let's take a look at Saturation first. If I drag the saturation slider over to the left, that pretty much eliminates all the color from the image. If I drag it over to the right, you can see that pretty quickly the image starts getting over saturated. There is too much intensity of color here. If I go all the way to the right there's kind of a psychedelic result. Now I may be able to find something pleasing. Using the saturation finder on an object like this, but particularly when I am working on a photo of a person I don't want to over saturate the skin tones.

So in that case I am more likely to go with vibrance rather than saturation. Let's take a look at the Vibrance tab, I will set saturation back to zero by clicking on the thumbnail with the white curved arrow, and then I will click on the Vibrance tab instead. Now here, as I hover over these thumbnails, you can see that I am decreasing and then increasing the color saturation or intensity. But I'm doing so in a more subtle way. So I'll click on one of these thumbnails and then I'll fine tune the result.

So, now I have an image not only with less of a color cast, but with more intense color particularly in the blue and purples back here but I haven't over intensified the warm tones in the machinery. I'll close the Color panel and at this point I would save and close the image having adjusted the color here in the quick edit workspace.

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