Removing Unwanted Color

It's not uncommon for an otherwise good photo to have a color cast that is, to have all the tonal values shifted so that the photo's too blue, like Figure 12-10 , or too orange. You may wind up with a photo like this every once in a while if you forget to change the white balance (Section 3.2.2.3 ), your camera's special setting for the type of lighting conditions you're shooting in (common settings are daylight, fluorescent, and so on).

Figure 12-10. Left: In an outdoor photo taken with the camera set for tungsten indoor lighting, you get a bluish cast. You can tell the color cast is off because the whole photo appears dark and dingy.

Right: Elements fixes that wicked color cast in a jiffy. This section gives you a complete rundown of all of Elements color cast-fixing tools.

Figure 12-10. Left: In an outdoor photo taken with the camera set for tungsten indoor lighting, you get a bluish cast. You can tell the color cast is off because the whole photo appears dark and dingy.

Right: Elements fixes that wicked color cast in a jiffy. This section gives you a complete rundown of all of Elements color cast-fixing tools.

Elements gives you several ways to correct color cast problems:

• Auto Color Correction doesn't give you any control over how Elements works, but it often does a good job. To use it, choose Enhance —i* Auto Color Correction, or press Ctrl+Shift+B.

• Levels , as explained earlier, give you the finest control of the methods in this list.

You can often eliminate a color cast by adjusting the individual color channels till the extra color's gone (as explained in the previous section). The downside is that Levels can be very fiddly for this sort of work, and one of the other ways may be much faster at getting you the results you want.

• Remove Color Cast is the special command for correcting a color cast with oneclick ease. The next section explains how to use this tool.

• The Color Variations dialog box is helpful in figuring out which colors you need more or less of, but it has some limitations. It's covered later, starting below.

• The Photo Filter command gives you much more control than the Color Cast tool, and you can apply Photo Filters as Adjustment layers, too (see Section 13.3.1 ).

All these tools are useful for fixing a color cast, depending on exactly what your problem is. Usually you'd start with Levels and then move on to the Color Cast tool or the Photo Filter. (To practice any of the fixes you're about to learn, download the photo heron.jpg from the "Missing CD" page at www.missingmanuals.com .)

Digital Camera and Digital Photography

Digital Camera and Digital Photography

Compared to film cameras, digital cameras are easy to use, fun and extremely versatile. Every day there’s more features being designed. Whether you have the cheapest model or a high end model, digital cameras can do an endless number of things. Let’s look at how to get the most out of your digital camera.

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