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Making Photo Filter adjustments

From: Photoshop CS4: Image Adjustments in Depth

Video: Making Photo Filter adjustments

A Photo Filter adjustment offers a simple way to counteract or neutralize a color cast in an image or to introduce a desired color cast. The Photo Filter adjustment simulates the effect of a colored filter on your camera lens. I can apply a Photo Filter adjustment either as a direct adjustment from the Image menu or as an adjustment layer which I prefer to do. So I'm going to click the Photo Filter adjustment icon here in the Adjustments panel and that adds the Photo Filter adjustment layer to the Layers panel.

Making Photo Filter adjustments

A Photo Filter adjustment offers a simple way to counteract or neutralize a color cast in an image or to introduce a desired color cast. The Photo Filter adjustment simulates the effect of a colored filter on your camera lens. I can apply a Photo Filter adjustment either as a direct adjustment from the Image menu or as an adjustment layer which I prefer to do. So I'm going to click the Photo Filter adjustment icon here in the Adjustments panel and that adds the Photo Filter adjustment layer to the Layers panel.

In the Adjustments panel, I see that filter set to its defaults. There is a whole list of flavors of Photo Filter here in the Filter menu and I could just come to this menu and choose one of these flavors. The Warming filters add a gold look to the image, the Cooling filters a blue look and then there is a list of various colored filters here. If you don't see a color that you need or that you like in that list, you can create your own Photo Filter by clicking the Color button here. Then if you click in the Color Field, the Color Picker opens and from here you can pick a color of your liking.

The Density slider in the Photo Filter adjustments panel controls the strength of the adjustment. If I drag that to the right, I get a stronger Photo Filter look and if I go to the left, a less strong effect. It's also important to leave Preserve Luminosity checked to retain the total balance in the image. I'm going to make this Photo Filter adjustment layer temporarily invisible by clicking the eye icon at the bottom of the Adjustments panel. So you can see that there is a very slight green color cast in this image and you can see that most on this white wall here and here.

The compliment to green is magenta. So I'm going to try to add a subtle magenta Photo Filter to neutralize this green color cast. To do that, I'll go back to the eye icon at the bottom of the Adjustments panel and make the Photo Filter adjustment layer visible again. Then I'll go to the Filter button and select that and from the Filter menu, I'm going to choose Magenta as my Photo Filter. I'll go to the Density slider and I'll try moving that to the right slightly to increase the strength of this filter.

Now I'd like to see a before and after view. So I'm going to go back down to the eye icon at the bottom of the Adjustments panel and take a look at the image without this Photo Filter where I do see that green color cast and now with the Photo Filter, which pretty effectively neutralizes the green color cast. If you've got a really strong color cast in an image, you may not be able to neutralize it with this subtle adjustment. But in many cases like this one, it works well. It's also a good way to introduce a color cast. So let's say for example, I wanted to warm up this image, I might go up to the Filter menu and choose one of the warming filers. That adds a gold glow to the image.

So the next time that you're trying to neutralize a color cast that you don't want or introduce the color cast that you do want, give the Photo Filter adjustment a try.

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Photoshop CS4: Image Adjustments in Depth

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Jan Kabili
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  1. 5m 39s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      59s
    3. Setting up a workspace
      3m 22s
  2. 21m 2s
    1. Creating and editing adjustment layers
      6m 38s
    2. Adjustment layers vs. direct adjustments
      6m 9s
    3. Using the new Adjustments panel
      5m 38s
    4. Reusing adjustment layers
      2m 37s
  3. 39m 57s
    1. Clipping adjustment layers
      4m 36s
    2. Including adjustment layers in a layer group
      3m 13s
    3. Including adjustment layers in a Smart Object
      7m 29s
    4. Using the adjustment layer mask
      5m 43s
    5. Using selections with adjustment layers
      4m 19s
    6. Using the Masks panel with adjustment layers
      8m 30s
    7. Using the Blend If sliders with adjustment layers
      6m 7s
  4. 49m 43s
    1. Reading the Histogram panel
      5m 23s
    2. Using the Levels adjustment for tonal corrections
      7m 42s
    3. Using the Curves adjustment for exposure
      8m 12s
    4. Using the Curves adjustment for contrast
      4m 14s
    5. Making On-Click Curves adjustments
      4m 0s
    6. Applying Shadow/Highlight nondestructively
      7m 59s
    7. Reviewing Brightness/Contrast
      3m 18s
    8. Dealing with exposure
      2m 22s
    9. Using adjustment layers with blend modes
      6m 33s
  5. 54m 36s
    1. Making Vibrance adjustments
      2m 22s
    2. Using Hue/Saturation adjustments
      7m 4s
    3. Understanding color correction
      3m 21s
    4. Using color samplers and the Info panel
      4m 25s
    5. Using Levels eyedroppers for color correction
      5m 54s
    6. Using Levels channels for color correction
      5m 7s
    7. Understanding Curves adjustments for color correction
      7m 21s
    8. Making Color Balance adjustments
      3m 49s
    9. Making Photo Filter adjustments
      3m 6s
    10. Making Variations adjustments
      6m 48s
    11. Using the auto-correction features
      5m 19s
  6. 13m 5s
    1. Using the Dodge and Burn tools
      4m 56s
    2. Dodging and burning nondestructively
      6m 38s
    3. Working with the Red-Eye tool
      1m 31s
  7. 16m 9s
    1. Applying Black & White adjustments
      7m 30s
    2. Making Channel Mixer adjustments
      6m 31s
    3. Understanding the Threshold adjustment
      2m 8s
  8. 25m 23s
    1. Colorizing with Hue/Saturation adjustments
      3m 9s
    2. Tinting with Black & White adjustments
      2m 8s
    3. Making a Gradient Map adjustment
      4m 18s
    4. Applying a Selective Color adjustment
      1m 49s
    5. Using the Replace Color adjustment
      4m 39s
    6. Making Match Color adjustments
      4m 24s
    7. Applying the Equalize adjustment
      4m 56s
  9. 42s
    1. Goodbye
      42s

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