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Getting rid of a color cast is another common problem that can be easily fixed in Camera Raw. You can get a color cast in your image for a variety of different reasons. Maybe you had the settings on your camera set incorrectly or you could have photographed a scene may be an early morning or early evening when the light is a lot warmer and a lot yellower. Regardless of the reason, we're going to go over three quick ways to eliminate a color cast. The first way is found underneath White Balance. If I click and hold, I get a dropdown menu and I can select Auto.
If you're working along with your own raw files, you might notice that your list here is longer. For example, you might see something that says Daylight or Clouds or Tungsten or Shade. When you're working with raw files, you can actually change your white balance nondestructively, the temperature and the tint. Because I am working with a JPEG file here, it's still nondestructive in that I can go back and forth and I'm not hurting the file to choose As Shot versus Custom versus Auto, but I am actually changing the values of a JPEG file.
Remember, that JPEG has already been processed. If I was working with a raw file, I wouldn't be changing those values because they hadn't been processed yet. I would just be setting a different starting point in Camera Raw. If that doesn't get you where you want--let's go back to As Shot-- the second way would be to manually drag the Temperature and the Tint sliders, and you can see that moving the Temperature slider to the left is going to make your image cooler or more blue; moving it to the right will warm it up and make it more yellow. So, here what you're doing is you're simply adjusting the image to what you think visually looks good.
We can also use the Tint slider. Moving the Tint to the left will make your image appear more green and to the right is more magenta. So, again, this would just be a manual way to make your image look good. Here, obviously we are correcting a color issue, but if you had an image and you actually wanted to warm it up or cool it down, this would be a great way to add maybe a little bit of a color shift to your image in order to get the emotion or the feeling of the image that you want to convey. Let's reset those by simply double-clicking on the slider there, and we'll talk about the third way and that's by using the White Balance Eyedropper tool.
The keyboard shortcut for that is simply tapping the I key, and then all you need to do is click on something in your image that you know to be a neutral value. You might want to hold a gray card in your image and take a picture with the gray card and then a picture without, but in this case I don't have something that is a completely known neutral value. But I can still click, for example, in this grayed area and see if that removes the color cast. You will notice that you click once and Camera Raw automatically puts the tool back for you.
If I want to access it again quickly, I'll just tap the I key again. And maybe I'll click over here in the cobblestones and if I didn't like that, I can tap the I key again and maybe click in the door. So it really depends on what value you click on, as far as what correction will be made. I think I'll actually return back one more time to this front grate. I think this is probably the most neutral area in my image. But of course, you can always use a combination of this too.
If I still think maybe, for example, that the tint is too magenta, all I need to do is just move down that slider until visually I think the image looks good. So now you have it, three simple ways to remove a color cast from an image by setting the color temperature using the White Balance tool, using the Temperature and Tint sliders, and by using the White Balance dropdown menu.
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