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Removing a color cast

From: Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

Video: Removing a color cast

A photo can sometimes have an unwanted predominant color, which is called a Color Cast. And that colorcast often comes from the light under which the photo was shot. For example, if you shoot under fluorescent lights indoors, your photo may have a greenish cast. And it's typical to see a bluish cast in snow and in fog, as you see in this photo. The Remove Color Cast command is the most direct way to correct a colorcast when you're working in the Full Edit Workspace. Before I apply the Remove Color Cast command to this photo, I want to diagnose the colorcast, because sometimes colorcasts are hard to see.

Removing a color cast

A photo can sometimes have an unwanted predominant color, which is called a Color Cast. And that colorcast often comes from the light under which the photo was shot. For example, if you shoot under fluorescent lights indoors, your photo may have a greenish cast. And it's typical to see a bluish cast in snow and in fog, as you see in this photo. The Remove Color Cast command is the most direct way to correct a colorcast when you're working in the Full Edit Workspace. Before I apply the Remove Color Cast command to this photo, I want to diagnose the colorcast, because sometimes colorcasts are hard to see.

To do that I am going to open the Info panel from the Window menu at the top of the screen, and in the Info panel, I am interested in this top left quadrant, which will report the amount of red, green and blue under my cursor in the image. I am going to get the Eyedropper tool from the toolbox and move my cursor over the image. Notice that in that top left quadrant, the value of blue is much higher than the value of green and red, and that confirms that there is a blue colorcast, and the same is true if I move elsewhere in the image.

So now I have confirmed that there is a colorcast and it's one that I do want to remove. Unfortunately, the Remove Color Cast command is not available as an adjustment layer, so I am going to make a duplicate of the photo layer, the background layer here, and work on that, preserving the original photo on the background layer. I'll Ctrl+Click on the background layer in the layers panel, right-click if I have a two-button mouse, and choose Duplicate layer, and I'll click OK. And with the Background Copy layer selected in the layers panel, I am going to go up to the Enhance menu at the top of the screen, down to Adjust Color, and I'll choose Remove Color Cast.

That opens the Remove Color Cast dialog box, which I am going to move over, so I have a better preview of the image. This dialog box tells you exactly what to do. It says, take this Eyedropper and click on part of the image that you think should be either gray, white or black. In other words, on part of the image that you want to set to neutral without a colorcast, and that should make the other colors in the image fall into line also. But actually there is quite a bit of trial and error involved in figuring out where to click. So I might start by clicking under the table here, which looks to me like it should be neutral, but if I do that, then the rest of the image turns aqua.

So let me try clicking over here perhaps on these bushes. No. That doesn't work either. That turns the snow to magenta. I'll try one more time clicking right in the snow, and I think that that's the best result that I've seen. Now this isn't a perfect result. It has made the snow neutral, but I still would tweak the image further, perhaps adding a Hue/Saturation Adjustment layer to pump up the intensity of the color that's left here. But at least I have minimized that blue colorcast. And to confirm that, take a look in the top left quadrant of the Info panel, the numbers to the right of the slash indicate that under my cursor there is now an even balance of red, green and blue.

If I like these results, I'll click OK in the Remove Color Cast dialog box, and just to remind you of what a difference that command has made, I am going to make the Background copy layer temporarily invisible. So this is where I started with the blue colorcast, and this is where I ended up with just a click of the Eyedropper tool in the Remove Color Cast dialog box. So if you shoot a photo under less than ideal lighting conditions, use the Info panel to check for a colorcast, and then the Remove Color Cast command to try to correct that.

But do keep in mind that there is nothing inherently wrong with a color cast all the time. If you have a color cast that's appealing to you, then by all means keep it. For example, if you have a sunset photo, there could be a golden cast that enhances that end of day mood. But if there is a color cast that you find unappealing, then do try to reduce it using the Remove Color Cast Command.

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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

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  1. 2m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 17s
  2. 13m 0s
    1. Touring Elements
      7m 24s
    2. Starting from the Welcome screen
      5m 36s
  3. 16m 11s
    1. Importing photos from a camera
      8m 48s
    2. Dividing scanned photos
      3m 52s
    3. Capturing frames from video
      3m 31s
  4. 23m 13s
    1. Touring Bridge CS4
      7m 44s
    2. Opening files from Bridge into Elements
      5m 1s
    3. Rotating photos
      1m 17s
    4. Moving, deleting, and hiding photos
      4m 11s
    5. Renaming photos
      5m 0s
  5. 29m 16s
    1. Tagging photos with keywords
      6m 28s
    2. Rating and labeling photos
      5m 55s
    3. Sorting photos by filter
      6m 23s
    4. Finding photos
      4m 33s
    5. Organizing photos in Collections
      5m 57s
  6. 52m 52s
    1. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      8m 34s
    2. Applying Quick Fix lighting controls
      3m 33s
    3. Applying Quick Fix color controls
      6m 30s
    4. Applying Quick Fix sharpening
      3m 44s
    5. Using Quick Fix touchup tools
      7m 43s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      6m 25s
    7. Merging multiple exposures in Guided Edit
      7m 24s
    8. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      6m 31s
    9. Running Automated Actions in Guided Edit
      2m 28s
  7. 30m 57s
    1. Touring the Full Edit workspace
      6m 5s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 28s
    3. Arranging panels
      4m 14s
    4. Using tools
      8m 15s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      3m 8s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 47s
  8. 46m 0s
    1. Using Undo History
      6m 6s
    2. Zooming and navigating
      5m 38s
    3. Creating a blank file
      5m 43s
    4. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 21s
    5. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 10s
    6. Cropping and straightening an image
      3m 12s
    7. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 23s
    8. Processing multiple files
      6m 16s
    9. Saving and formats
      4m 11s
  9. 23m 25s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 30s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      8m 53s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      11m 2s
  10. 22m 24s
    1. Understanding selections
      3m 39s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 36s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      3m 9s
    4. Refining a selection
      3m 59s
    5. Modifying and saving selections
      4m 1s
  11. 55m 51s
    1. Using adjustment layers
      9m 21s
    2. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 49s
    3. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      3m 24s
    4. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 30s
    5. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 3s
    6. Removing a color cast
      3m 55s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 10s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      3m 44s
    9. Sharpening photos
      9m 42s
    10. Working with raw photos
      9m 13s
  12. 18m 58s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      5m 20s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      3m 30s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 49s
    4. Healing blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 15s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 13s
  13. 26m 26s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 6s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 0s
    3. Using layer styles
      3m 36s
    4. Using shapes
      8m 25s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 54s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 25s
  14. 7m 35s
    1. Creating text
      4m 7s
    2. Editing text
      3m 28s
  15. 27m 26s
    1. Making a photo collage
      7m 15s
    2. Stitching a photo panorama
      3m 43s
    3. Saving for the web
      6m 40s
    4. Creating web galleries in Bridge
      6m 47s
    5. Creating a PDF slideshow
      3m 1s
  16. 4m 34s
    1. Printing photos and contact sheets
      2m 49s
    2. Sending photos by mail
      1m 45s
  17. 23s
    1. Goodbye
      23s

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