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Improving color balance

From: Photoshop CS6 for Photographers: Camera Raw 7

Video: Improving color balance

When working with Camera Raw, typically one of our first steps in our workflow is to modify the color temperature or to white balance the image. So let's take a look at how we can start to do that here. First what I am going to do is select this little demo file, then press the Spacebar key to open it up to Full Screen Mode. We all intuitively know that there are different color temperatures. There is that color temperature which is really cool, that certain time of day. Then other times of day or other types of light that are really warm, maybe like candlelight, and the difference between candlelight and on camera flash, well, it's really dramatic.

Improving color balance

When working with Camera Raw, typically one of our first steps in our workflow is to modify the color temperature or to white balance the image. So let's take a look at how we can start to do that here. First what I am going to do is select this little demo file, then press the Spacebar key to open it up to Full Screen Mode. We all intuitively know that there are different color temperatures. There is that color temperature which is really cool, that certain time of day. Then other times of day or other types of light that are really warm, maybe like candlelight, and the difference between candlelight and on camera flash, well, it's really dramatic.

And so in Adobe Camera Raw sometimes we are interested in correcting our photographs so that the color temperature is correct and accurate. Other times we may want to just make some subjective adjustments to the overall color of the photograph. All right! Well, let's take a look at how we can do this. Press the Spacebar key there to exit that Full Screen Mode. Next, let's click on this image, hold down Cmd or Ctrl and then click on another photograph. Let's open both of these in Camera Raw by pressing Cmd+R in a Mac or Ctrl+R on Windows.

Now that this is open inside of Camera Raw, what I am going to do is I am going to use a tool which is called the White Balance tool. You can select it by pressing the I key or by clicking on it here in the Tools panel. Next, with this photograph, I know that this camera was black, so I'm going to click on it, and by doing that you can see that it's color corrected this photograph. If we click on our Preview icon, you can see that before and then now our after. If you're watching closely you may have noticed that it moved our Temperature and Tint sliders and it moved those to the right.

We can also back this off if we want a little bit of a cooler look by clicking-and-dragging these off to the left here a bit. In doing that we've changed the overall color characteristics of this file and you know sometimes the White Balance tool, it works perfectly, it nails it. In other situations say like with this photograph here it won't work so well. Let's say that we decide to click on one of these black squares on this shirt. Well, in doing that, the photograph, it looks really yellow and green. This just doesn't work.

So I'll press Cmd+Z on a Mac or Ctrl+Z on Windows to undo that. This time I am going to watch my Temperature and Tint sliders. Really pay attention to those. As I click, you can see that it brought in more green and also more yellow. Well, now that I've seen that I want to go ahead and take out some of that green. I also want to decrease the yellow here. I'm just going to make a subjective color adjustment. I'll press the P key to look at my before-and-after, and again I'm going for something which is a bit more subtle.

We can click on that preview to see that before-and-after. We have removed that slight color shift. Now the other thing that I have to point out is that if you're working with your Temperature and Tint sliders, this will also affect your work with other sliders as well. For example, here we have this really warm image. Yet if I change my Exposure, well, that warmth is going to appear differently based on the overall exposure in the image. When it becomes overexposed, it looks kind of orange. When it becomes under, it looks a little bit more like a dark yellow.

So as you seek to color-correct your photograph, often you'll start up here. You'll make some adjustments, but then maybe you'll add some contrast or desaturate the photograph a little bit or add a little bit of clarity. In doing that, now the color doesn't look correct. So you may need to go back to these sliders, and here I am just going to boost up the yellows a little bit and also add a little bit of warmth there with the magentas as well, just see if I can bring back some of that warm tone there. And here you can see how these controls, well they really all work together.

And sometimes it's about getting that accurate color. Other times perhaps it's about creating a certain mood or aesthetic like with this photograph here that has this kind of vintage type of a feel to it. Click on the Preview icon, you can see that before and then now the after. So whether or not you're trying to creatively modify color or like in this scenario, correct the color, so that it's accurate as we can see with this one, we can use these techniques to accomplish either task.

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Photoshop CS6 for Photographers: Camera Raw 7

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  1. 9m 3s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Should I use Camera Raw or Photoshop?
      3m 22s
    3. What is Adobe Camera Raw?
      3m 45s
    4. Using the exercise files
      54s
  2. 21m 13s
    1. An overview of Bridge and Bridge preferences
      3m 19s
    2. Setting Camera Raw preferences
      3m 9s
    3. Exploring RAW vs. JPEG or TIFF files
      4m 3s
    4. Choosing a native raw file or a digital negative (DNG)
      4m 25s
    5. Converting or saving to the DNG format
      6m 17s
  3. 29m 36s
    1. Project overview: cover photo shoot
      1m 33s
    2. Auto-toning and correcting white balance
      2m 19s
    3. Cropping and composing
      3m 21s
    4. Enhancing color and tone
      2m 44s
    5. Removing distractions
      3m 58s
    6. Sharpening and noise reduction
      2m 59s
    7. Converting to black and white
      2m 11s
    8. Adding a vignette
      1m 45s
    9. Making a localized correction
      2m 53s
    10. Creating snapshots of memorable looks
      2m 1s
    11. Re-editing camera raw settings
      1m 38s
    12. Working with multiple adjustments
      2m 14s
  4. 15m 2s
    1. Navigating the interface and the toolbar
      2m 15s
    2. Exploring image-adjustment tabs and panels
      1m 32s
    3. Using the histogram
      5m 12s
    4. Previewing the before and after of different adjustments
      2m 43s
    5. Working with multiple files
      3m 20s
  5. 29m 28s
    1. Opening raw files in Bridge
      4m 35s
    2. Opening JPEGs and TIFFs in Bridge
      4m 43s
    3. How to open a photo in Photoshop and skip Camera Raw
      1m 47s
    4. Accessing Camera Raw from Mini Bridge
      3m 9s
    5. Resizing in Camera Raw with workflow options
      6m 35s
    6. Opening an image as a Smart Object
      3m 3s
    7. Saving from Camera Raw
      3m 17s
    8. Creating a duplicate file
      2m 19s
  6. 11m 19s
    1. Recomposing with the Crop tool
      2m 58s
    2. Clarifying your voice by cropping
      3m 20s
    3. Straightening and cropping
      2m 54s
    4. Cropping creatively
      2m 7s
  7. 9m 9s
    1. Improving color balance
      4m 21s
    2. Color correcting with white balance cards
      1m 48s
    3. Using the White Balance tool and controls
      3m 0s
  8. 18m 32s
    1. Deconstructing the basic adjustments
      3m 33s
    2. Correcting overexposure
      2m 52s
    3. Correcting underexposure
      3m 13s
    4. Making exposure enhancements
      2m 52s
    5. Recovering highlight and shadow detail
      3m 38s
    6. A speed tip for making basic adjustments
      2m 24s
  9. 14m 14s
    1. Demystifying Clarity
      2m 36s
    2. Increasing Clarity
      3m 52s
    3. Understanding Vibrance and Saturation
      1m 50s
    4. Improving color with Vibrance
      3m 52s
    5. Making creative color adjustments
      2m 4s
  10. 11m 48s
    1. Learning about the parametric and point-tone curves
      4m 4s
    2. Using the parametric-tone curve
      2m 19s
    3. Using the point-tone curve
      3m 22s
    4. Creating a unique color look with the point-tone curve
      2m 3s
  11. 15m 38s
    1. Introducing the Spot Removal tool
      3m 42s
    2. Removing distracting background elements
      3m 12s
    3. Removing blemishes on a face
      3m 29s
    4. Removing dust on the lens or the camera sensor
      2m 58s
    5. Removing red-eye
      2m 17s
  12. 51m 20s
    1. Introducing the Adjustment Brush
      6m 18s
    2. Correcting exposure
      6m 23s
    3. Working with Auto Mask
      4m 16s
    4. Changing the background color
      4m 30s
    5. Changing the color temperature
      3m 15s
    6. Making multiple color and tone adjustments
      5m 47s
    7. Enhancing the color, tone, and sharpness of the eyes
      5m 11s
    8. Whitening teeth
      3m 20s
    9. Brightening shadows and darkening highlights
      2m 51s
    10. Creating a black-and-white effect
      5m 36s
    11. Removing moiré patterns
      2m 19s
    12. Creating Adjustment Brush presets
      1m 34s
  13. 10m 0s
    1. Enhancing the foreground and background of an image with the Graduated Filter tool
      4m 7s
    2. Reducing exposure with the Graduated Filter tool
      3m 0s
    3. Exploring creative effects with the Graduated Filter tool
      2m 53s
  14. 13m 23s
    1. Exploring noise reduction
      3m 27s
    2. Applying input sharpening
      4m 9s
    3. Using the Basic and Detail panels together
      3m 33s
    4. Edge sharpening an architectural photograph
      2m 14s
  15. 12m 53s
    1. Introducing HSL
      2m 8s
    2. Enhancing color and tone
      2m 7s
    3. Using the Basic and HSL panels together
      2m 24s
    4. Removing colors with HSL
      3m 1s
    5. Making color changes
      3m 13s
  16. 21m 57s
    1. Using the black-and-white controls
      1m 44s
    2. Exploring simple black-and-white conversion
      6m 17s
    3. Using multiple panels to create a black-and-white image
      6m 17s
    4. Creating a dramatic black-and-white landscape
      7m 39s
  17. 11m 1s
    1. Exploring traditional black-and-white toning
      3m 19s
    2. Adding split toning to color photographs
      3m 49s
    3. Creative toning of a color photo
      3m 53s
  18. 16m 49s
    1. Removing extreme distortion with a lens profile
      2m 2s
    2. Working with the manual Lens Correction controls
      2m 33s
    3. Improving a portrait with lens corrections
      3m 26s
    4. Adding a darkening vignette effect
      1m 28s
    5. Combining lens corrections with creative cropping
      3m 35s
    6. Adding distortion for a creative effect
      2m 29s
    7. Correcting chromatic aberration and defringing
      1m 16s
  19. 15m 10s
    1. Understanding the effects controls
      7m 8s
    2. Adding film grain and darkening edges
      3m 56s
    3. Cropping and brightening edges
      2m 32s
    4. Creating a defined edge
      1m 34s
  20. 9m 29s
    1. Introducing the Camera Calibration panel
      3m 41s
    2. Creative color with the Camera Calibration controls
      3m 25s
    3. Exploring camera calibration resources
      2m 23s
  21. 5m 14s
    1. Introducing presets
      3m 19s
    2. Exploring free and fun ACR presets
      1m 55s
  22. 10m 19s
    1. Quick raw processing of multiple files
      2m 21s
    2. Applying raw processing in Bridge
      2m 34s
    3. Recording an action
      3m 37s
    4. Batch processing multiple images
      1m 47s
  23. 7m 52s
    1. A creative color mini-project
      5m 12s
    2. Using Camera Raw controls in a non-traditional way
      2m 40s
  24. 6m 24s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 25s
    2. Camera Raw and Lightroom
      4m 19s
    3. Goodbye
      40s

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