Using Photoshop to Fix Image Color Cast

This is the next in a series of simple fixes for your photos.

Are your photos off color? Example would be, you took a picture indoors with a tungsten light and they are all very yellow or reddish. Or you have a yellow or orange tinge to an image.  Sometimes this can be a cool effect and makes the atmosphere very warm and inviting.  But if you want to correct the color to a more real rendition of the scene, then here are a couple of  simple ways to do it.

Open the image in Photoshop. For example if the image is too red, go up to the “Image” tab. Scroll to and click on “Adjustments”.  In that pull down menu is a tab “Auto Color”. Click on it and your photo will automatically change to a more pleasing and realistic color rendition. In some cases, this does not handle the off -color cast.

The next thing to try is to go back to the “Image” tab and scroll down to the “Adjustments” tab again. Now click on the “Hue/Saturation” tab. There you will see three sliders. Take the top slider and move it back and forth until you get the color or hue that is most realistic. The second slider is “saturation”.  More saturation magnifies the colors and at a certain point they become cartoonish. Pull back from that, even past the minus saturation area if it looks better to the eye. Then slide the “lightness” tab to get the best light to show off the scene.  The main way this function will handle the bad color cast is by using the “hue” to push the image to a more pleasing and realistic color.

Example of Orange Color Cast
Example of Orange Color Cast
Image Color Cast Corrected
Image Color Cast Corrected

 

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