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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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