Photoshop CC One-on-One: Fundamentals
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Correcting color casts in Camera Raw


Photoshop CC One-on-One: Fundamentals

with Deke McClelland

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Video: Correcting color casts in Camera Raw

In this image, I'll show you how to correct the color cast of an image with one click inside Camera Raw. But to do so, we'll need to switch to that other application that ships along with Photoshop, Bridge. To make that happen, go up to the File menu and choose Browse in Bridge, or press Ctrl+Alt+O, Command+Option+O on the Mac, and then navigate your way to the 08_colors folder inside the exercise_files folder. You may see other images than these in the folder.
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  1. 38m 23s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      1m 51s
    2. Opening from the Windows desktop on Windows 8 (CC 2014)
      6m 16s
    3. Opening from the Windows desktop on Windows 7 or earlier (CC)
      5m 48s
    4. Opening from the Macintosh Finder
      7m 10s
    5. Opening from Photoshop or Bridge
      3m 52s
    6. Opening an image from Mini Bridge (CC)
      2m 39s
    7. Opening through Camera Raw
      5m 11s
    8. Closing one image and closing all
      5m 36s
  2. 52m 47s
    1. Navigating your image
    2. The dark vs. the light interface
      6m 2s
    3. Navigating tabs and windows
      4m 32s
    4. Panels and workspaces
      6m 20s
    5. Zooming incrementally
      6m 22s
    6. Zooming continuously
      2m 43s
    7. Entering a custom zoom value
      2m 25s
    8. Scrolling and panning images
      2m 31s
    9. Rotating and resetting the view
      2m 11s
    10. Cycling between screen modes
      3m 10s
    11. Using the Navigator panel
      3m 38s
    12. Using Retina and HiDPI displays
      4m 3s
    13. Adjusting a few screen preferences
      8m 10s
  3. 1h 2m
    1. Digital imaging fundamentals
      1m 45s
    2. Image size and resolution
      6m 34s
    3. The Image Size command
      6m 9s
    4. Common resolution standards
      4m 7s
    5. Upsampling vs. real pixels
      7m 59s
    6. Changing the print size
      8m 15s
    7. Downsampling for print
      5m 14s
    8. Downsampling for email
      6m 22s
    9. The interpolation settings
      6m 40s
    10. Downsampling advice
      5m 5s
    11. Upsampling advice
      4m 15s
  4. 53m 21s
    1. The layered composition
      1m 40s
    2. Introducing the Layers panel
      4m 13s
    3. Adding, scaling, and aligning layers
      5m 27s
    4. Dragging and dropping layers
      4m 36s
    5. Stack, reveal, and rename
      3m 1s
    6. Opacity, history, and blend mode
      6m 5s
    7. Duplicating a selected portion of a layer
      5m 32s
    8. Applying a clipping mask
      3m 58s
    9. Blending inside a clipping mask
      4m 10s
    10. Finishing off your artwork
      3m 13s
    11. Creating a new layer and background
      4m 24s
    12. Layering tips and tricks
      7m 2s
  5. 26m 13s
    1. The art of the save
    2. Four things to know about saving
      5m 59s
    3. Saving layers to PSD
      6m 34s
    4. Saving print images to TIFF
      4m 48s
    5. Saving an interactive image to PNG
      3m 40s
    6. Saving a flat photo to JPEG
      4m 18s
  6. 32m 16s
    1. Honing in on your image
      1m 43s
    2. The new and improved Crop tool
      4m 35s
    3. Editing your last crop
      6m 29s
    4. Cropping to a specific ratio or size
      5m 57s
    5. Straightening a crooked image
      4m 44s
    6. Filling in missing details
      6m 44s
    7. Using the Perspective Crop tool
      2m 4s
  7. 44m 51s
    1. First, there is brightness
      2m 12s
    2. How luminance works
      4m 18s
    3. The three Auto commands
      3m 27s
    4. Automatic brightness and contrast
      6m 5s
    5. The Brightness/Contrast command
      2m 47s
    6. The dynamic adjustment layer
      4m 4s
    7. Editing adjustment layers
      3m 52s
    8. Isolating an adjustment with a layer mask
      3m 31s
    9. Introducing the histogram
      4m 58s
    10. Measuring an adjustment
      3m 34s
    11. Using the Shadows/Highlights command
      6m 3s
  8. 44m 34s
    1. And second, there is color
      1m 31s
    2. Identifying a color cast
      3m 34s
    3. Correcting a color cast automatically
      3m 57s
    4. Changing the color balance
      6m 10s
    5. Compensating with Photo Filter
      3m 11s
    6. Adjusting color intensity with Vibrance
      3m 29s
    7. Correcting color casts in Camera Raw
      5m 46s
    8. The Hue/Saturation command
      5m 26s
    9. Summoning colors where none exist
      4m 9s
    10. Making more color with Vibrance
      4m 27s
    11. Making a quick-and-dirty sepia tone
      2m 54s
  9. 55m 47s
    1. Making selective modifications
      1m 11s
    2. The geometric Marquee tools
      6m 1s
    3. Aligning one image element to another
      4m 59s
    4. The freeform Lasso tools
      3m 59s
    5. The Polygonal Lasso tool and Quick Mask
      5m 19s
    6. Cropping one selection inside another
      6m 15s
    7. Creating rays of light
      4m 44s
    8. Quick Selection and Similar
      4m 11s
    9. Making it better with Refine Edge
      4m 56s
    10. Integrating image elements
      2m 39s
    11. Magic Wand and Grow
      5m 17s
    12. Refine, integrate, and complete
      6m 16s
  10. 53m 48s
    1. Your best face forward
      1m 0s
    2. Content-Aware Fill
      6m 11s
    3. Using the Spot Healing Brush
      5m 36s
    4. The more capable "standard" Healing Brush
      5m 55s
    5. Meet the Clone Source panel
      3m 53s
    6. Caps Lock and Fade
      4m 57s
    7. The Dodge and Burn tools
      5m 1s
    8. Adjusting color with the Brush tool
      6m 35s
    9. Smoothing skin textures
      5m 57s
    10. Brightening teeth
      4m 0s
    11. Intensifying eyes
      4m 43s
  11. 49s
    1. Until next time

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7h 45m Beginner Jun 28, 2013 Updated Sep 17, 2014

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Get the ultimate foundation in Adobe Photoshop CC, in this update to the flagship series Photoshop One-on-One. Deke takes you on a personalized tour of the basic tools and techniques that lie behind great images and graphic design, while keeping you up to speed with the newest features offered with Creative Cloud. Learn to open images from multiple sources, get around the panels and menus, and work with layers—the feature that allows you to perform masking, combine effects, and perform other edits nondestructively. Then Deke shows how to perform important editing tasks, such as cropping and straightening images, adjusting the luminance of your image, correcting color imbalances and enhancing color creatively, and finally, retouching and healing.

Topics include:
  • What is color correction?
  • Comparing RGB and CMYK color modes
  • Using grayscales and neutrals for color correction
  • Understanding pixels and bit depth
  • Evaluating and correcting images with histograms
  • Using nondestructive editing tools
  • Removing a color cast
  • Performing curve corrections in Camera Raw
  • Affecting creative adjustments
  • Retouching an image
  • Sharpening images
  • Preparing for print and web use
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Deke McClelland

Correcting color casts in Camera Raw

In this image, I'll show you how to correct the color cast of an image with one click inside Camera Raw. But to do so, we'll need to switch to that other application that ships along with Photoshop, Bridge. To make that happen, go up to the File menu and choose Browse in Bridge, or press Ctrl+Alt+O, Command+Option+O on the Mac, and then navigate your way to the 08_colors folder inside the exercise_files folder. You may see other images than these in the folder.

That's because I'm assembling the images as I go along. Find the image called Tough boys.jpg, right-click on it, and then choose Open with Camera Raw, or if you prefer you can press Ctrl+R or Command+R on the Mac, and that will bring up the image in the Camera Raw interface. Notice at the top of the Basic panel we have these White Balance controls which allow us to control the Temperature and Tint of the image. So think about that circle of colors I showed you earlier.

Temperature and Tint are straight lines drawn through that color wheel and they are perpendicular to each other. So Temperature goes from cool blue to warm, really orange actually, and then Tint it goes from green to magenta. Now on our case, we know the image is too warm so we don't want to move this control toward the yellow area, which as you can see, is adding orange to the image. Instead we want to remove the orange by dragging the slider triangle toward the cool range. We also have a little bit too much magenta inside the image and so I could extract some of that magenta by dragging the slider triangle toward the green range.

So that's one way to work. But here is the even better one-click solution. If you go ahead and zoom in on your image--if your image contains a neutral element such as that pillow, I'll go ahead and zoom in here and scroll up as well. Then you can click on it using the White Balance tool. So select the third tool in, in the upper left-hand corner of the window and then click somewhere on the pillow to automatically set the Temperature and Tint values to what Photoshop deems the best value as possible.

In my case, a single click gave me a Temperature value of -36 degrees and a Tint value of -18. I ended up tweaking those values a little. I'm going to take the Temperature value down to -40 and then I will take the Tint value up to -15 like so. So you can override the settings as much as you like. The point though is a single click gets you in the right neighborhood. Now it looks to me as if the image is a little washed out. So I'm going to click on this Whites value, the fifth value down in the central area, and I'm going to press Shift+Down arrow, a total of five times in order to reduce the Whites value to -50.

Then I want to bring back some of the saturation so I'm going to increase the Vibrance value to +20 like so and we end up with this effect. If you want to preview before and after, you can turn on and off this Preview check box or you can just press the P key. So this is the original version of the image and this is the modified version. So you can see we have made a big difference with very little effort. Now I'm going to click on this Open image button to open the image in Photoshop and it appears in its own independent window and I've set things up so that we can compare this Camera Raw version of the image to what I considered to be the best modification that we pulled off using color range.

So here is the Camera Raw image and here is the Color Range image right there. And for my part, I would say that the Camera Raw version of the image is better. Check out in particular the color of Sam's hair which looks more of a dirty blond, which is the way his hair appears in real life as opposed to the color balanced version of the image, which is a little bit greenish by comparison. So I'm going to say, at least where this image is concerned, that Camera Raw wins the day. Now there is one thing I want you to know about images when you open them in Camera Raw.

I'll go up to the File menu and choose Browse in Bridge again to return to the Bridge and I'm going to increase the size of that thumbnail so it takes up the entire screen. Notice not only this image is corrected, but it has this little settings icon in the upper right-hand corner. Camera Raw always applies non -destructive modifications. So the actual pixels inside of the image have not been harmed. We've just applied a few numerical settings on the fly. However, were I to double-click on Tough boys.jpg now, it's not going to open up inside Photoshop.

It's going to open up inside Camera Raw instead. That may or may not be the way you want things to happen. If not, go ahead and cancel out by clicking the Cancel button in the lower left corner. Let's return to the Bridge once again and to get rid of the settings as well as make the image open in Photoshop in the future, right-click inside the thumbnail, choose Develop Settings, and then choose Clear Settings, and that will go ahead and get rid of those settings as well as get rid of that icon. Now from now on, when you double-click in the image, it will open directly inside Photoshop as expected.

So that's entirely up to you. Of course, you can now save your changes. This is a flat file, so I can save it as a JPEG image if I want to just by going up to the File menu and choosing the Save command, because it hasn't been saved so far, and then I'll switch the file format to JPEG and I will go ahead and rename this image Camera Raw boys and click the Save button. Make sure that the Quality value is set to its maximum of 12 and click OK. And that's how you go about correcting color casts, I would argue the simplest and most reliable way, using Camera Raw.

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Q: This course was updated on 09/17/2014. What changed?
A: Deke updated the course to reflect changes in the 2014 version of Photoshop CC. This includes everything from opening the program to retouching your photographs with the Healing and Content-Aware tools.
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