Color Cast

Sometimes the light cast conditions are universally off. This could be seen as a blue cast throughout the entire shot. Maybe the wrong filter was used, or the image was not white-balanced. Sometimes the problem is simply at the developing end. (When you go to a one-hour photo center at your local superstore, chances are the machine is on autopilot and is being run by someone with little or no experience.)

Step 1. Open up the file Ch09_Color_Cast.tif, and you will see how easy this is to fix.

Step 2. Examine the photo. Identify a suitable white, gray, and black point. The gray point will be tricky, but you can make multiple attempts.

Step 3. Add a Levels Adjustment Layer.

Step 4. Select the black eyedropper and click on the darkest point in the picture.

Step 5. Select the white eyedropper and click on the lightest point in the picture.

Step 6. Look for a gray point. With the gray eyedropper, click on a gray area that is representative of midtones. It may take a few attempts to find the right point in the picture.

Reset an Adjustment Layer

If you need to reset the adjustment layer hold down the Q (A) key and the Cancel button becomes Reset.

Video #16 Using Shadow/Highlights

The Shadow/Highlight command allows you to fix several problems at once. Be sure to see the video tutorial on the DVD-ROM.


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