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Remove Color Cast in Photoshop Using Complimentary Colors

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How to Remove Color Cast in Photoshop

A color cast on your photos can show up in a number of ways. Sometimes your white balance will be off when you took the photo. In that case it is better to use the white balance slider in your RAW processor. RAW processors include Adobe Camera RAW (ACR), Lightroom, Aperture, Capture One etc…

If you have a Color cast that is a result of a Light being a different color than the rest of the Lights in the image, you will need to get a bit more in Depth when editing to remove it. That is what today’s episode is all about.

Using Complimentary Colors

Often times in Photoshop we will try to take care of a Color cast by selecting that color and trying to manipulate it. There is another great way to work with Colors, and that is using their Complimentary Colors. Complimentary Colors when added together in a 50/50 ratio will cancel each other out, leaving you with a neutral grayscale tone.

In this episode we show you some very simple methods for using complimentary Colors to cancel out a color cast. Our goal is to completely get rid of the green cast on this photo and replace it with neutral Skin tones. This is not that easy to do, but follow along with today’s episode and you will be well on your way to removing Color casts!

Choosing Channels

We don’t cover this often on Phlearn because there are not many times when you will need to limit the Color Channels a layer will effect. In today’s episode we show you a great example on how you can limit the Color Channels resulting in even more control over how your layers will effect color.

Skills You Will Learn

  • Coloring
  • Pen Tool
  • Retouching
  • Tone

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