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There are a variety of different ways that you can remove a color cast in Photoshop. Of course if we had the opportunity to do this in Camera Raw we certainly could. But I want to show you a few different ways to remove a color cast in Photoshop. Now under the Image Menu there are three options here, Auto Tone, Auto Contrast, and Auto Color. But when I look over on my adjustments panel and I look through these adjustments, I don't see those options. Well in fact those adjustments are available, but they're available in the levels and curves adjustment layers. So I'll click to add a curves adjustment layer, and then we can see there's an Auto button.
If I click on the Auto button, you can see that not only is Photoshop removing a color cast but it's also extending the dynamic range and adding an S curve to add a little bit of contrast. But there were three options in the adjustment menu and there's only one Auto button. but if you hold the Option key or the Alt key and you click Auto, Photoshop will actually show you three different auto color correction options. Let me go ahead and move this out of the way and then we'll take a look at the Enhance Monochromatic Contrast and you'll notice that if I position my cursor on top of it we get a tool tip that actually tells me this is the auto contrast feature.
The next one down is Auto Tone and the next one is Auto Color. So if I want to quickly cycle through these, all I need to do is click on each one. Now, before I get to Enhance Brightness and Contrast, I want to point out that all three of the top options also have the ability to snap neutral midtones to try to remove a color cast. So now, we can cycle through these and see which one we prefer. Well I actually prefer the second one here, but I also want to try the Enhance Brightness and Contrast.
So, I do like what that did to the image, but it didn't remove the color cast. So, if my goal is to remove the color cast, then I'll want to select the Enhance per Channel Contrast, and snap my neutral midtones. If I find that I am using one of these algorithms more than the other, then I would want to check the option to save as default. That way when I click OK and then I click on the Auto button, that is the default adjustment that will be made. But again I can always refine that by holding down the Option or the Alt key and clicking on the Auto button.
If I find that I prefer one of the other algorithms, I can select it and apply it to this specific image. So now that you know that the secret is to hold the Option key or the Alt key while clicking Auto to access all of those different choices, you can quickly remove a color cast in Photoshop.
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