How to remove color casts

Hi friends!

Have you ever taken a photo that you just loved and then you noticed that your subject was sporting a blue jaw or red chin? No matter how perfect your settings are or your lighting set up is, color casts have a tricky way of sneaking into your photos.  When I was a newbie a.k.a amateur I would just leave them because one, I didn’t know my pictures had them and two I didn’t know what to do and then when I learned how to remove it I was amazed at how easy it is to remove them!

Last night I took a photo of my two youngsters baking cupcakes and I just fell in love with this image

Kim-MillerUnfortunately, my son was rocking a major blue color cast on his jaw line – he doesn’t have smurf blood running through his veins so he shouldn’t have any blue on his face. The reason for the color cast is that when I captured this image the blue from his shirt became reflected onto his skin.

Fortunately it is super easy to fix and I am going to attempt to walk you through the steps so you can remove your own color casts! This is my first tutorial for photography so I hope you like it!

Step 1: After making all of your RAW adjustments open your image up in either Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. Once your image is open, create a new layer in the layers panel.


Step 2: Select a soft round brush from the brush panel and while holding down “alt” sample the skin color right above or below the color cast.step2

Step 3: paint over the color cast, resampling the good skin color frequently to make sure the color you are using will match the skin around it.step3

Step 4: In the layers panel change the layer mode to color and adjust the opacity to your liking, you don’t want any of the color bleeding through so keep that in mind while you lower the opacity.step4step5

Step 5: After you have the color cast removed I personally like to do a little dodging and burning so create a new layer then select Edit from the top of your screen and fill. Once the dialog box opens select Use: 50% Gray and uncheck preserve transparency.step6

Step 6: You should now have a gray screen. Change the layer mode to Overlay.step7

Step 7: Select the Dodge tool in the tool panel and dodge over the parts of skin you just painted over. Dodging will lighten the area and burning will darken the area so depending on what look you are trying to achieve select the appropriate tool. After dodging the area lower the opacity of the layer to your liking.step8step9

And that’s it! You now have a color cast free image!


I hope this helps you to remove color casts in your images! Please let me know if you have any questions and remember just like there is more than one way to skin a cat – there is more than way to remove a color cast! I will show you another method I love next week!

With Love,

Kim Miller

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