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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.
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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