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Sometimes you'll have an overall color cast in an image. A color cast is an overall tint that affects the entire image and it comes from the color of the light in which a photo is taken. So an example you may be familiar with is if you shoot in a room that has fluorescent lighting, sometimes you get a green cast to a photo. In this case I shot this photo in a dark church, and the artist was lit by just a single bulb, and so there is a kind of warm orange cast over the whole photo. I would like to balance out the color of the light.
So I'm going to use the Remove Colorcast command in the Full Photo Edit workspace. This is a direct adjustment, so I am first going to make a copy of the Background layer that contains my photograph, by dragging the Background layer down to the Create New layer button at the bottom of the Layers panel. With the Background copy layer selected I will go up to the Enhance menu and down to Adjust Color and over to Remove Color Cast. In the Color Cast dialog box, this bit of text tells me what to do, it says to click on part of the image that should be either gray, white, or black.
So I basically have to remember the scene and click on something that I think should be one of those neutral colors. That often takes more than one click, so don't be discouraged if you don't get the result you want right away. For example, if I move into the image and I click on a shadow here, because I think that should be neutral gray, the image gets way too blue. That's okay, I'll just come back to Remove Color Cast dialog box and I will click Reset and I will try again. This time I'm going to click on the bright part of this rafter, which I remember as being white in the scene, and I think that does a better job of removing that overall orange cast and balancing the colors in the image.
To compare a before and after view, I'll go back to the dialog box and uncheck Preview. So that's how the image started and that's where it is now. If I'm satisfied with that I can click OK and that closes the dialog box. And now my top layer has that change. If I decide I don't like this change, I can always delete the Background copy layer and I'll be back where I started with the photo on the Background layer.
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