Monday, February 23, 2009

Nifty Trick

This is a super-duper-down-n-dirty way to fix an image in Photoshop that has a color cast to it. I use this a lot and felt it neccessary to share with whomever hasn't seen it. This might work in Photoshop Elements too, not sure.
Heres a cute pic of my peanut butter chocolate cupcakes:

It's blueish because of the lighting in the kitchen. To fix it quickly, go into your Curves adjustments. 

Under the curve, you'll see three eyedroppers: Dark, Gray, and Light.  With the Dark dropper first, select the darkest area of the picture (I pinpointed it as 1 - click for larger image). Then, with the Light Dropper select what should be the lightest area, which will give Photoshop a frame of reference for what areas should be whiter. I selected a light highlight on the frosting; you should not pick any stark white highlights such as sunlight reflections, there is no color there at all. Next is the midtone value, which can be a little trickier. If there are grays or beiges you can select those. Here I used the edge of the shadow on the plate (it's a black tone). Clicking in different areas gives you a different result, so a lot of it is trial and error.

From there, you can then change the curves to get the look you are going for. To finish the adjustments, I used Brightness/Contrast to bump up the contrast and open up the image a little bit. Thats it, and it was done!

We love easy around here, don't we?

1 comment:

Maria said...

I *heart* curves. It can save you from so many disasters.