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Colour Casts Tutorial

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Suby In The House   

Thank you all for the amazing comments I received on yesterday's image. Today I have decided to post up one of Sinem's JPEG image from the wedding on Saturday and to also use this image in a tutorial I think you guys will love. J

 

One of the problems most photography enthusiast encounter and don't know how to correct is the removal of colour casts from images.

 

In layman's speak, colour cast is that orangey yellowish colour one may get in their images when shooting indoors without flash. If shooting in RAW, this can be resolved in less than 2 seconds. "So what happens to those that shoot in JPEG" I hear some ask? Well sit back and enjoy this 10 seconds fix-up of this problem from all your JPEG images.

 

As usual, I edit using Photoshop CS2, so where I can remember, I will also provide the shortcuts in brackets for older Photoshop versions like Adobe Elements (AE) 3.0 & above.

 

Step One:

 

Step Two:

 

Step Three:

 

Step Four:

So there you have it folks, there are so many different ways of correcting colour casts in images, this is just one of the ways I find easy and convenient. Adobe have incorporated something similar to this in the new Adobe Lightroom 1.0 that as far as I am concerned is heavenly, but that's possibly another tutorial for another day J

 

They say "the taste of the pudding is in the eating", Printing out your images to

check to see if they work as you see it onscreen is imperative. I printed this image and

a few (okay 130) on Sunday and it looked amazing.

 _____________________________________________________________________________

Editing: Apart from the removal of the colour casts, nothing.  Time to edit - 10-15 secs

Words & Photography by Suby

Anyone looking for the services of Suby & Sinem as Photographers, you know what to do...

Please also visit our other photoblog of fashion images by clicking on Suby & Sinem

"Ars longa, vita brevis"

Colour Casts Tutorial

Subysphoto

Suby In The House   

Thank you all for the amazing comments I received on yesterday's image. Today I have decided to post up one of Sinem's JPEG image from the wedding on Saturday and to also use this image in a tutorial I think you guys will love. J

 

One of the problems most photography enthusiast encounter and don't know how to correct is the removal of colour casts from images.

 

In layman's speak, colour cast is that orangey yellowish colour one may get in their images when shooting indoors without flash. If shooting in RAW, this can be resolved in less than 2 seconds. "So what happens to those that shoot in JPEG" I hear some ask? Well sit back and enjoy this 10 seconds fix-up of this problem from all your JPEG images.

 

As usual, I edit using Photoshop CS2, so where I can remember, I will also provide the shortcuts in brackets for older Photoshop versions like Adobe Elements (AE) 3.0 & above.

 

Step One:

  • Open up your image, press D on your keyboard to set your foreground/background colour to its default (black & white).

 

Step Two:

  • Press Ctrl+J (Layer-New-Layer via copy) to create a new layer (I always work on a layer and never on the original background image, easier to correct any errors when you are working on layers). Go under the Image-Adjustment-Match Colour (in AE, Enhance-Auto Colour Correction may sometimes fix the issue but not always or Enhance-Adjust Colour-Remove Colour Cast then click on a any area in your image that should be either grey, white or black). Anyway back to CS2

 

Step Three:

  • Now this is where all the hard work happens, you see that empty "Neutralise" button, turn on the check box and presto, colour cast gone forever. Now this is where CS2 starts to show why you paid such big dough for the software as further tweaks can be done which could not be done in earlier versions. So what happens if CS2 being such a smart Alec that it is does so good a job that it not only removes the colour casts but leaves the image looking "cold"

 

Step Four:

  • Clicking on that Neutralise check box did such a wonderful job your image now looks cold, all you need to do to rescue some of the warmth back into the image is drag the Fade slider slowly to the right until the image starts to get some loving warmth back J. What you are basically doing here is undoing all the overtly good work of checking the Neutralise box.. I hardly ever go past 50 here. If your image still looks a tad unhappy, drag the Colour Intensity slider to the right a tad bit and also maybe the Luminance slider (feel free to have fun and experiment here). Now click okay .

So there you have it folks, there are so many different ways of correcting colour casts in images, this is just one of the ways I find easy and convenient. Adobe have incorporated something similar to this in the new Adobe Lightroom 1.0 that as far as I am concerned is heavenly, but that's possibly another tutorial for another day J

 

They say "the taste of the pudding is in the eating", Printing out your images to

check to see if they work as you see it onscreen is imperative. I printed this image and

a few (okay 130) on Sunday and it looked amazing.

 _____________________________________________________________________________

Editing: Apart from the removal of the colour casts, nothing.  Time to edit - 10-15 secs

Words & Photography by Suby

Anyone looking for the services of Suby & Sinem as Photographers, you know what to do...

Please also visit our other photoblog of fashion images by clicking on Suby & Sinem

"Ars longa, vita brevis"

comments (28)

The image on the right is so well balanced. Top marks
Your right about shooting in RAW as it's just a click to correct that inbalance. Light Room will be heavenly for those that know Photoshop, but Aperture will prove to be a godsend for the rest of us mortals. smile
Realmente la mejoría en la imágen es notoria. Gran trabajo, Suby. Los tutoriales son una gran ayuda.

The improvement in the image is really well-known. Great work, Suby. The tutorials are a great aid.
Thanks, Suby. You are terrific.
Debbie Grossman
I have been known in some extreme cases to adjust the color cast by fiddling around with the levels in each of the RGB channels. Your method is even simpler than what I normally do. I appreciate these tutorials!
I love this tutorial, Suby! thank you so much for posting it. Very helpful, and I give it "two thumbs up"!
very informative, thanks for your time.
Thanks Suby for these tutorials.
I saw a video tutorial on colour correction by numbers at http://www.radiantvista.com/archive/video_tutorials/14/. Although it contains a lot of other things, I really liked the colour correction by numbers method used there.
All I have to say is keep these tutorials coming. Thanks alot and well done.
  • Vickii
  • 15 May 2007, 08:13
One day I'll decide to take photography seriously and you'll have to teach me everything you know but for now I'll just say, very pretty picture!
Top tipster, Subster! I'm sure there will be a few of us that will be pleased as punch to receive a little tip like this, that makes so much difference, and is so quick! I like this shot, it's got soul.
Lovely! Thanks Suby.
  • Jide Ibitoye
  • 15 May 2007, 10:26
Ahaha. I knew there would be another way of doing this! Thanks for the tip. I usually either tend to correct white balance in Adobe Raw or use Levels/Curves to sort it out. This is so much easier and on a layer you can easily just adjust the opacity to effect.
nice processing.
  • Funmi
  • 15 May 2007, 11:57
awwww.... Christiana! (again)
Nice ... luv your tutorials, ever considered writing a book?
Suby & Sinem: Me a book, uuummm, maybe it's something I reaLLY HAVE TO START THINKING OF :d

sUBY
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK.
  • 15 May 2007, 13:41
Or, to lengthen your brief quote: "Ars longa, vita brevis, occasio praeceps, experimentum periculosum, iudicium difficile."

"Life is short, the art long, opportunity fleeting, experiment treacherous, judgment difficult".

You needed to fade this one a bit more, Suby. Check out the colour of the dress compared with the white border. It's a bit on the blue side. But yup, that's the main method I use for colour corrections.

Keep 'em coming.
awwwwww they look really cute and i luv the after effect its much brighter
  • Intern
  • chicago
  • 15 May 2007, 15:25
fantastic shot Suby ...
I gotto admit ... i had a different notion of before & after ...
Like if this is "before".after would be fast forward a couple of years and eah one would be in a different corner of the room!!!
Just kidding ...

lovely "after" effect!!! thanks for the tutorails.
Oh it's a nice recipe... Sure some of my pictures will be glad to be improved as your's Suby !
  • Mimi(Opeyemi)
  • UK
  • 15 May 2007, 18:57
Pic is lovely,I like a lot.
So there are more ways to doing this. Even simpler ways without loosing hair. Thanks Suby. Youve saved me a few candles.
  • Steve
  • 15 May 2007, 22:34
Great tutorial Suby. Very helpful.
Suby & Sinem: You are more than welcome Steve smile Would not think I could teach you anything though :d

Suby
brilliant tutorial...have u tagged all of these under a certain label so i can look 'em up later?...
Suby & Sinem: Yes they been tagged under tutorial and also in the forum :d

Suby
Nicely done. Great tutorial!
Suby & Sinem: Coming from you that truly is a HUGE compliment.

Suby
Very interresting - Thank you for the lesson !
Thanks for sharing! I usually shuffle through a really elaborate trial and error process of dragging sliders here and there. I'll give this a go the next time I need to. Cheers.
Suby & Sinem: You are more than welcome Tokushi :d

Suby

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