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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.
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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