Join Tim Grey for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding a tint with the Photo Filter, part of Photoshop CS6 Image Optimization Workshop.
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For the most part, adjusting color balance and, perhaps vibrance for an image should give you enough control. To get the colors in the image where you want them. But sometimes a slightly different approach can be helpful. You might think, for example, about the concept of simply warming up the image. And you might not necessarily know which directions you need to take the sliders in color balance. But you know that you want to add a little bit of a yellow or maybe an orangish tint to the image. Let's take a look at how the Photo Filter Adjustment can make that task remarkably easy.
At the bottom of the Layers panel I'll click on the Create New Adjustment Layer button and then choose the Photo Filter option from the pop up menu. That will add a Photo Filter adjustment layer, and it will give me the Photo Filter controls on the Properties panel. You can already see that a little bit of a warming effect has been added to the image. I'll disable the Photo Filter adjustment for a moment and then turn it back on. And you can see that we've added just a little bit of warmth to the photo. Essentially enhancing that sort of low light angle golden glow. But we can change the effect as we'd like.
There are two basic ways to work with the Photo Filter Adjustment. We can use one of the preset filters or we can choose a specific color. Looking at the filter popup. You'll see that we have several warming filters, several cooling filters, some colors, as well as some deeper colors. And we even have an underwater effect, which in essence is just a cooling effect. But we can choose between those various options. Looking for just the right effect for the image. For example, maybe I want to enhance the cool tones in this image.
To really emphasize that I was up really, really early for sunrise for this photographic image. Or I might want to add a more standard warming effect to the image. If I decide I'd like to add a different color to the image. I can choose any color of the rainbow. I'll choose the color option. And then click the color swatch in order to bring up the color picker. I'll move that color picker out of the way so that we can see the image a little bit better. And we can go through the various hues for example. You see that I can add a bluish tint, a greenish tint, a yellowish tint anything I'd like. Let's assume I want a little bit of an orangish tint. But I want to really fine-tune the color just to my liking. Perhaps somewhere in there for example.
It's a bit of an orange, rather warm. Almost slightly headed toward the red range of colors. I think that might work out pretty well to warm up this image. I'll go ahead and click OK. Regardless if whether we're using the Filter or Color option, we can then adjust the density. Increasing the density setting will increase the amount of color in the image. And reducing that density value will reduce the amount of color that we're adding to the image. Obviously, you'll want to fine-tune this based on the specific color you used as well as the image itself. I would suggest though, that any time you're working with the Photo Filter Adjustment.
When you think you have things just right, turn off the preview and turn it back on again. So that you can get a better sense of the actual change within the image. That will help you make sure you're applying an appropriate adjustment. Sometimes we tend to think it looks good, and then we turn off the adjustment and realize it was a little bit too strong. In which case, we can just reduce the density. We also have the option to Preserve Luminosity. I generally leave this option turned on. Frankly, with a Photo Filter Adjustment, it's not that big an issue one way or the other. If we turn off Preserve Luminosity, you'll certainly see a change in the image.
But generally speaking the difference is relatively minor. And you can compensate by fine-tuning the color. So once you have the option on or off you can fine-tune based on the color that you select for the photo filter. And of course we could always apply additional adjustments later. But in most cases, leaving the Preserve Luminosity checkbox turned on will provide a better result. Because Photoshop will attempt to maintain the luminance levels in your image even as you're shifting the colors around just a little bit. So you can see, working with the Photo Filter is quite easy.
So if you just want to warm up a photo or cool down a photo just a little bit. Or otherwise change the overall color tint in a photo. This is a very easy way to go about the task. And often times much easier than working with the individual sliders. The three sliders that you find with the color balance adjustment, for example.
- Configuring the Photoshop interface
- Opening an existing image
- Basic RAW conversion
- Introduction to adjustment layers
- Reviewing adjustments
- Saving the master image
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