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Ideally when working with Camera Raw we can make our color correction adjustments by using the Basic Panel or by using the White Balance tool. Yet there are certain situations where these tools just won't work, like with this portrait that I captured here; you can see that it's color correct, except there is this blue color cast on the top of the head in the hair. Now where did that come from? In this case that came from reflected light. So what I need to do is I need to color correct just a part of this picture, and again, this is the photograph straight out of the camera.
The photograph looks great, you look at the subject's eyes, everything is wonderful, but then you notice this color problem up top. So let's go ahead and zoom in on the picture a little bit and let's explore how we can fix this part of this portrait here. To do this we're going to obviously use the Adjustment Brush, press the K key in order to select the tool. Next, what I want to do is I'm going to click on the Minus icon for Saturation. This will allow me just to desaturate this a little bit; that's probably a bit too far.
Next, I know that the opposite of blue is yellow, so I'm also going to click to drag my Temperature slider to the right here to add a little bit of a color correction to that area. Next, we'll scroll down to change our Brush Size, Feather, and Flow. For the Brush Size, actually this brush size looks okay. I'll press the Right Bracket key or just click and drag this a little to the right. We want a nice soft edge, so we increase the Feather, and then for the Flow we'll bring this down to somewhere less than 50 or so. Here in this situation we definitely have to have Auto Mask turned off.
Next, we'll go ahead and just start to paint over this area, because we have a little bit of a lower opacity and a pretty big brush, we want to be careful that we don't go too far out here. I'm going to go ahead and decrease my Brush Size by pressing the Left Bracket key; it looks like it was too big, at least at this zoom rate, and here I'm just going to try to remove some of this color cast. In doing this I'm painting around these different areas, I'm just trying to do this in a kind of a back-and-forth soft way. And here, if we desaturate a little bit more and then go back up to the top and perhaps decrease our Exposure, maybe to darken that, and also change that color Temperature, you can see how we can control this area, and I'm just going to dial this in until I think that it looks pretty good.
Alright, that looks pretty good; let's click on the Preview button. There is before, it's all Blue, let me zoom in a bit more so you can see that even better, and then click on Preview again and there is after. And by using this tool to paint that adjustment into that really specific area, you can see that you can White Balance or Color Correct different parts of your images, and this is critical, because so often we have these different light sources or maybe we have reflected light like I had here, which is kind of contaminating the color temperature, or the color in our photograph.
By using this tool, we can quickly paint that away. Well, here with this image it was pretty simple and straightforward, yet what I want to do is also take a look at a scenario where this will be a little bit more complicated, and so let's do that in the next movie.
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