Photo Filter Adjustment Layers

Adobe added to the "real-time" color-correction tools with the introduction of Photo Filter Adjustment Layers. These 20 different adjustments simulate using colored glass filters when the photo was taken. These "filters" can be used to adjust the color balance and color temperature of the light in the scene. Besides the built-in presets, you can also choose custom colors from the Photo Filter interface using the standard color picker.

The filter offers several choices, but they can be simplified into three groupings:

• Warming Filter (85 and LBA) and Cooling Filter (80 and LBB). These are meant to even out photos that were not properly white-balanced. The Cooling Filter (80 or LBB) makes images bluer to simulate cooler ambient light. The Warming Filter (85 or LBA) makes images warmer to simulate hotter ambient light.

• Warming Filter (81) and Cooling Filter (82). These are similar to the previous filters but cast a more distinct color. The Warming Filter (81) makes the image more yellow and the Cooling Filter (82) makes the image bluer.

• Individual colors. The Photo Filter also has several preset colors to choose from. These can be used for two primary purposes: (1) to add a complementary color to a scene to remove color cast, or (2) to introduce a color cast for stylistic reasons.

Let's try adding a Photo Filter to an image. Open the file Ch09_Photo_Filter1.tif from the chapter's folder on the DVD-ROM. To apply a Photo Filter, do the following:

Step 1. Ensure that you are on the top-most layer (or above the photo layers) that you want to affect. The image must also be in RGB mode.

Step 2. Click on the adjustment layer icon at the bottom of the Layers palette and choose Photo Filter or choose Layer> New Adjustment Layer >Photo Filter.

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Step 3. Be sure the Preview box is checked.

Step 4. Select the Color Option by choosing a preset or defining a custom color.

Step 5. If you don't want the image to get darker from the adjustment, check the Preserve Luminosity box.

Step 6. Adjust the Density slider to control the intensity of the effect.

Step 7. Click OK. At any point in time, you can double-click on the adjustment layer's icon to refine the effect.

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