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Adjusting color with the Photo Filter adjustment

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Another color-correction tool in Photoshop is the Photo Filter adjustment. The Photo Filter adjustment works better if there's just a light colorcast, but if you have photos that just do have a slight tint of color--those just beginning to turn--the Photo Filter adjustment can easily cut the color. First, let's go to the bottom of the Layers panel and find the Create a new fill or adjustment layer button, the half-black, half-white circle, and select Photo Filter. Go to the Presets dropdown in the Photo Filter dialog and select the first Warming filter.

Adjusting color with the Photo Filter adjustment

Another color-correction tool in Photoshop is the Photo Filter adjustment. The Photo Filter adjustment works better if there's just a light colorcast, but if you have photos that just do have a slight tint of color--those just beginning to turn--the Photo Filter adjustment can easily cut the color. First, let's go to the bottom of the Layers panel and find the Create a new fill or adjustment layer button, the half-black, half-white circle, and select Photo Filter. Go to the Presets dropdown in the Photo Filter dialog and select the first Warming filter.

Now, using the downward arrow key, move down through the presets. On a Mac you may need to select these individually, and let's look at the results on the image itself. Since this colorcast is on the yellow side and the blue tones are opposite on the color wheel, you are going to get the best results in that area. You can get a number of different feels with different blue filters. If you use, say, Cooling Filter 80, the correction is more on the cool side.

If you used a blue filter, it's warmer. Now let's look at the before and the after. It's not a very, very dramatic change, but it definitely cut that yellow cast. Now let's try the Photo Filter adjustment on a heavy colorcast. Again, use the Create a new fill or adjustment layer and then go to Photo Filter. This is a decidedly red cast, so green should do the most to cut it, but even the Deep Emerald Filter doesn't do a lot, except make the cast more orange.

Now I am going to show you why using Photo Filters on a very heavy colorcast probably will be a waste of your time. Let's turn off the visibility of this Photo Filter layer and go back to the original layer. Now we'll add a Curves adjustment and hit the Auto button. It didn't do a perfect job, but one press of a button did a better job than the Photo Filter adjustment did. The Photo Filter adjustment has its strengths--images with a lighter colorcast-- and its weaknesses-- images with a very heavy cast.

If you use it where it's weak, you can waste a lot of time. When you use it on images that are just beginning to cast, you can get great results--and different looks, depending on the filters you choose.

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Photo Restoration with Photoshop

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  1. 1m 33s
    1. Welcome
      48s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      13s
    3. Using the exercise files
      32s
  2. 16m 47s
    1. Customizing your workspace
      2m 17s
    2. Using layers
      1m 58s
    3. Assessing the damage
      1m 52s
    4. Rebuilding color channels in a grayscale image
      3m 47s
    5. Using a Black & White adjustment layer
      1m 57s
    6. Using the Clone Stamp, Healing Brush, and Patch tools
      4m 56s
  3. 27m 30s
    1. Fixing a faded black-and-white photo
      2m 20s
    2. Removing small splits, specks, and spots
      3m 44s
    3. Repairing red-eye
      4m 58s
    4. Reducing paper texture
      4m 34s
    5. Reducing dot patterns in printed photos
      3m 51s
    6. Fixing lens distortion
      4m 19s
    7. Straightening a crooked image
      3m 44s
  4. 24m 16s
    1. Fixing large rips, tears, and other damage
      3m 9s
    2. Removing long scratches
      3m 24s
    3. Fixing creases
      5m 8s
    4. Stitching large photos using Photomerge
      3m 17s
    5. Reassembling torn photos
      4m 56s
    6. Replacing missing pieces
      4m 22s
  5. 27m 55s
    1. Removing stains
      3m 48s
    2. Removing ink marks
      2m 34s
    3. Repairing adhesive tape damage on a black-and-white photo
      2m 14s
    4. Repairing adhesive tape damage on a color photo
      6m 1s
    5. Fixing mold damage
      5m 20s
    6. Reducing starburst light glare
      5m 11s
    7. Reducing eyeglass light glare
      2m 47s
  6. 21m 32s
    1. Understanding the basics of levels
      2m 50s
    2. Understanding the basics of curves
      3m 29s
    3. Finding the black, white, and gray points in an image
      3m 28s
    4. Adjusting color levels by channel
      1m 58s
    5. Making selective contrast adjustments
      4m 48s
    6. Adjusting image shadows and highlights
      4m 59s
  7. 18m 13s
    1. Adjusting color with the Photo Filter adjustment
      2m 23s
    2. Correcting color casts using inverse color correction
      3m 2s
    3. Correcting color problems using the Color Balance adjustment
      3m 19s
    4. Correcting color casts using the Variations command
      3m 55s
    5. Correcting color by combining levels and curves
      1m 44s
    6. Improving color by adjusting the hue and saturation
      3m 50s
  8. 33m 14s
    1. Removing distracting elements
      5m 35s
    2. Repairing and recreating backgrounds
      7m 43s
    3. Extracting areas using masks
      5m 5s
    4. Matching colors in elements you add
      4m 11s
    5. Matching textures
      4m 45s
    6. Replacing facial features and missing body parts
      5m 55s
  9. 29m 59s
    1. Converting to black and white
      4m 48s
    2. Enhancing faded color
      3m 30s
    3. Smoothing a subject's skin
      4m 2s
    4. Enhancing black-and-white photos with duotone
      2m 34s
    5. Enhancing the eyes
      4m 10s
    6. Bringing out facial features with light
      5m 22s
    7. Sharpening
      5m 33s
  10. 32m 32s
    1. Assessing the damage
      1m 26s
    2. Repairing the crack
      1m 52s
    3. Replacing the missing body parts
      3m 5s
    4. Removing the specks, spots, and scratches
      3m 7s
    5. Fixing the missing corner
      1m 14s
    6. Lightening the stains
      5m 22s
    7. Restoring the faded tone in the face
      3m 8s
    8. Balancing the tone in the image
      1m 58s
    9. Evening the color with a Black & White adjustment layer
      49s
    10. Cleaning up the image
      2m 24s
    11. Adding definition to the face
      2m 20s
    12. Softening the image
      58s
    13. Sharpening the image
      2m 4s
    14. Bringing back some of the original tone
      1m 34s
    15. Comparing the image before and after
      1m 11s
  11. 24s
    1. Final thoughts
      24s

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