How To Color Correct a Photo

How To Color Correct a Photo

Leela Cyd
May 25, 2012

Color is so big for us photographers. Color and light are our primary mediums in creating our picture. So, when a picture is off in color tones, for example too dark or yellow/pinkish, it can really affect how we view the photograph overall. There are a few simple steps in adjusting the color of your photos in Photoshop. Here are the start and finish results, before and after color correction, side by side. Quite a difference huh?!

Here's a video explaining some simple Photoshop color correction tips.

What We Did:

  • Create a layer copy of your original (great for comparing before and after)
  • Neutralize unwanted color tinting using Color Balance
  • Use Curves to brighten up dark scenes
  • Replace Color can change off-white to true white colors when needed

Do you adjust color within your images? If so, how do you do it?

(Screencast: Leela Cyd Ross)

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