Digital Photography Tip: An Introduction to White Balance – Part III

March 26, 2013

Digital Photography Tip: An Introduction to White Balance – Part III

In our earlier post on white balance, we talked about how to choose the correct preset for your scene. We also talked about getting creative and setting the white balance for a different light source than you’re seeing in your scene to see what happens…

But what if you just get it wrong and you end up with an image that has an unattractive colorcast? Can it be fixed?
The good news is the answer is ‘Yes’! Most off-color casts can be removed in photo editing software. Let’s look at how to do that in Photoshop Elements.

To correct a color cast in Photoshop Elements, open your image and then select:

Enhance>Adjust Color> Remove Color Cast

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When you do this, the software will present you with an eyedropper tool that you’ll then use to click on a part of your image that is supposed to be white

Let's look at an example to see how this works.

I took a picture of our Little Miles in the living room of our house where we have incandescent lights. The photo came out showing a slight color cast from the lighting. It's especially noticeable by the yellow tint of Miles' white fur:

 After selecting the Remove Color Cast, I clicked the eyedropper tool on Miles's white fur.

The colors of the image instantly changed, removing the color cast.




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