Color Correction Basics

Color Correction Basics

Photoshop CS6 Tutorial


How to Color Correct an Image in Photoshop



Generally, if one part of an image has a color cast, the remainder suffers from the same color shift. A color shift can occur in one or two of six directions.

The six color directions are Red, Green, Blue, Cyan, Magenta or Yellow. The trick is to determine the direction (or directions) and adjust accordingly.


Step One

Open an image in Photoshop (File > Open...) that has an obvious color shift.

Step Two

Select the Eyedropper tool with the Info palette open (Window > Info).

Step Three

Take several samples in the image that should be white, black or shades of gray. Watch the values in the Info palette. The shades of gray should have equal red, green and blue values.

Step Four

An image that has decreased blue values is heavy in the yellows. Blue and yellow are across the color wheel in Photoshop. Along the same logic, green and magenta are opposites as well as red and cyan.

Step Five

To add more green to a magenta image, add a Color Balance adjustment layer by clicking the Adjustment Layer icon and selecting Color Balance.

Step Six

With Midtones selected move the center slider towards Green. Repeat the process for the Shadow and Highlights options if necessary.

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