Ultimate Tutorial on Color Correction using Photoshop

Ultimate Tutorial on Color Correction using Photoshop

Color casts can be removed in a variety of ways, but the key is to always identify the opposite color of the color you wish to remove from the image. This article will show you how to use adjustment layers to correct color, brighten darkened areas, and paint lights to complete the color correction process.

For this tutorial, I’m using this image, which you can obtain here. You can use any image that requires color correction treatment; simply open it in Photoshop by going to File > Open.



Step 1 – Find Opposite Colors

As mentioned earlier,  you can change or remove any color cast and correct color as you want. You can easily spot the color by looking at your images.

To find the complementary color of any color, fill a layer with it and then click CTRL + I to invert the color, which will give you the opposite color. Check out my other color correcting tutorial if you want to learn how to discover an opposite color.

In this example, the image has a yellow hue cast throughout. Color has an impact on a woman’s skin tone, backdrop, and even clothing.

I found the hue that needs to be removed, and it’s Yellow. Because blue is the polar opposite of yellow, adding blue to my image will remove yellow, resulting in color correction and a more natural image.



Step 2 – Begin Color Correction

It’s time to start color correction once you’ve identified a color to remove from your image. Add a Color Balance adjustment layer by going to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Color Balance.




I recommend using the Midtones settings in the Color Balance adjustment layer because this will cancel out the color in a 50/50 ratio, leaving you with a neutral color tone.

To add blue tones to the image, select Yellow Color and drag it to the right. As you move the slider to the right, Photoshop will remove the yellow color from the image and replace it with blue tones.



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Step 3 – Balance Light Between Highlights & Shadows

The image’s bright areas are fantastic, but we need to light up the dark areas to achieve the correct balance of light and shade.

To do so, go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves and create a Curves Adjustment Layer. Using the following parameters, boost the brightness of the entire image:




We’ll utilize Blend IF to solely affect shadows. Blending Options can be accessed by right-clicking on Curves and selecting Blending Options.




In the Underlying Layer Section, split the white slider by keeping down ALT Key and Click & Drag to left.




Drag the white slider to the left until you see Curves starting to impact the image’s shadows.




As you can see, we used Curves to light up the shadows:



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Here you can see the differences between the original image and its result below:



Step 4 – Improve Color Correction

In case

, the Color Balance adjustment doesn’t seem to be doing its job, you can apply extra adjustment layers to get the results you want.

I used a Deep Blue Filter on a Photo Filter adjustment layer.




I lowered the opacity from 60% to 40% or even lower. You may experiment with the opacity slider and even blend colors using blending modes.



Step 5 – Adding Lights

Finally, I added light to the photograph. As you can see, there is a light source coming from the window, and while the light is adequate, I’d want to enhance it slightly by putting light there.

To do this, I used a soft round brush to paint a new layer with a dark orange color.




Then, I switched to Linear Dodge blending mode and reduced the opacity to 30%.




From step 1 through step 5, you can see that we’ve given the image a very acceptable color correction:




Above are 5 steps to do color correction in Photoshop. I hope you enjoyed the article and know how to correct the color of any image

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