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As I've mentioned before, if your workflow starts in Bridge and goes through Camera RAW, you have probably already eliminated any color casts in your image. However, it's always nice to know how you would do that in Photoshop, maybe you're starting with a PSD file that won't open in Camera RAW. So let's take a quick look at how Photoshop can automatically correct a color shift. Now, we know we have the Image menu and we do have Auto Tone, Auto Contrast, and Auto Color listed here. However, if we use these options, that's going to be a destructive edit, and we want to use the non-destructive edits.
But, when we come over to our Adjustment panel, it doesn't look like we actually have these auto options. Well, in fact we do, if you use either the Levels or the Curves Adjustment layer, we can navigate and find these auto commands. So let's use a Curves Adjustment layer since we know that that's more powerful than Levels, and over here on the right side, there's an Auto button. Sure enough, if I click that Auto button, Photoshop will try to auto-correct the image. But, different images have different color casts for different reasons.
So it would be really nice if I had a choice of a few different auto corrections. Well, if I hold down the Option key or the Alt key and click on Auto, you'll see that I get not only the three options that are listed in the Image menu, but I get an additional option, this Enhance Brightness and Contrast. If I select the first option, and then leave my cursor on top of it, we'll get the tool Tip that actually tells me, the first option is Auto Contrast. The second option right here is going to be Auto Tone, and the third option right here is going to be Auto Color.
Now, the nice thing about these different autos is that you can also combine them with the Snap Neutral Midtone option. So I'll check that on, and you can see that that really neutralized this image. So, for this image, this is a great combination, but let's see if we can get it any better, I'll try the Enhance Brightness and Contrast, but I don't like that, it's too warm. So then I'll try the Enhance Per Channel with the Snap Neutral Midtones and I think that's the winner here. This is the combination that gets rid of that yellow cast.
It sets my black and my white point correctly, so that I can see detail in this front column, but also detail in the shadow area here. So we'll click OK and then to toggle before and after, I can click on the Eye icon. So that was before, and that's after. As you can see, with all of those different choices, it's a real quick way in Photoshop to correct your color.
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