Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Advanced strategies to correct color cast, part of Creating High-Dynamic Range (HDR) Photos with Lightroom.
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- Once you've merged the HDR file, Photoshop has some great options for going after color cast. Remember, Photoshop makes it easy to make a detailed selection and then refine it. Because of this, you could be very precise with your edits. Let's start with this first image here. And what I'd like to do is really target the greens in this image. I'll choose Select, Color Range. And you'll notice, from the Select menu, useful presets such as Greens or Yellows.
You also can go after a particular zone, like just the highlights, and adjust the Fuzziness. That worked pretty well there. And as I refine the Range here, You'll notice it defines what's a highlight. When I click OK, I've got that zone selected. And it's easy to make an adjustment like Vibrance. Now we can further pop those colors or repress them a bit, so they're a little more muted. I like that this makes it really easy to selectively target.
So that's feeling pretty good there in that I brought out the highlights, but let's target this yellow. I'll select the base layer and choose Select, Color Range. And this time, click on that Yellow. Now I'm going to use Sampled Colors. So notice it makes a nice, easy target. And I'm going to stick with the Localized Color option. If you uncheck this, it's going to go after lots of different colors. But by choosing Localized, it really looks at a particular range to define things.
Now using the shift key, you can go through and start to target different areas of that image to pick it up. Adjust the Fuzziness, and the Range to tighten the selection. And notice how quickly you can go in and start to build a very accurate selection of what needs to be corrected. Alright, this feels pretty good. Let's just select this tree here a little bit. And I'm just shift-dragging through the tree to make a good selection. We'll fuzz that out a little, so it's gradual.
And click OK. I've now got a new selection. And with the Vibrance adjustment, it's very easy to tone down the colors in that area so they're not so distracting. Notice how those yellows, that were kind of really popping that edge, are a little bit more repressed. That looks pretty good. And while I'm at it, I'm just going to say Select, Reselect to load that selection again. And add a slight Exposure adjustment, so I can darken those areas down as well.
And notice what that did there is very easily tone down some areas that were distracting. Let's see that over here on this other image. I'm pretty happy with this image, but this little yellowish cast is bothersome. So Select, Color Range, and I'm going to select that yellow. Hold down the shift key to add to it. And then tweak the Fuzziness and the Range to control how broad of an area you get selected.
That's looking pretty good there. I'm going to get this back wall too. And just pick up that sunshine that I'm liking, but is just a bit too strong. And we'll make that a little softer, but tighten up the Range. Alright, that looks good. I have my loaded selection. And just toss in a Vibrance adjustment, and I can just tone down the colors there. Notice how that distraction, which was really pulling the eye in on the wall and in that doorway, is backed off a bit.
In fact, I'll pull down the Saturation too. That looks good. Let's reselect that, and do the same trick with an Exposure adjustment. And I can darken that wall down. Now don't overdo it. But that's actually looking a bit better there. It feels more in line with the tonality of the other areas. And this doorway is not as distracting. Remember, you can also use other tools. So if you select on the background, something like the Quick Selection tool can be quite useful and allow you to draw and select an area, like I did here with the doorway.
There we go. I'll choose Refine Edge, and adjust the Smart Radius so it gets nice and accurate. There we go. And let's add an Exposure adjustment. And just pull down that doorway a little bit so it's not as distracting in the scene. A little bit more mysterious. Alright, that looks good. And as I evaluate the image, I'm pretty happy with it. I just see some greenish tones in the foreground here. So we'll select that area.
Let's try Select, Color Range. And I'm going to click on this area, and just hold down the shift key as I drag. And notice how that's doing a great job of selecting that shadow. There we go. Feels pretty good. You can also click up here interactively, on the Selection Preview if that helps you. Alright, let's make that a little softer. And with that selection made, I'm going to go in and just pull down the color selected.
Let's bring up Color Balance. And I'll just roll that away from green, slightly into magenta. And put a little blue in it as well. You notice what that did, is it cooled down the greenish tones and instead brought out the reddish and purplish, which felt more in line with these other tones here in the photo. Alright. There's the before and the after, where I knocked down the greenish tones and darkened down the doorway and the sunlight.
That was just a little too much. Over here, similarly, we toned down some of the areas that were a bit strong by dropping the Saturation, lowering the Brightness, and just pulling things up in other areas for a vibrance boost. Not a huge change, but one of the best reasons to jump into Photoshop is its powerful selection tools. Now that the two images have had their color cast cleaned up, and some of the other areas that were just distracting, we're ready to move on to some other adjustments.
In this course, Rich Harrington shows how to get the most of Lightroom's Photomerge command and its image development and enhancement features to get more control over the dynamic range of your images. Along the way, he provides tips for shooting HDR photos, creating black-and-white versions of images, and combining Lightroom with Photoshop and Photomatix Pro.
- Shooting strategies for HDR
- Sorting and organizing HDR images
- Merging HDR photos
- Correcting lens issues
- When to skip auto options
- Modifying the crop
- Choosing a custom white balance
- Using split toning
- Reducing noise
- Merging for black and white
- Combining Lightroom with Photoshop and Photomatix Pro