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Guided color correction

In Photoshop Elements 14, the Color category in the Guided edit mode offers two creative color treatments—the Lomo Camera and Saturated Film effects—and two procedures for technical color correction.

In Lesson 6, you’ll use the Remove A Color Cast adjustment to balance a photo that was shot under fluorescent lighting. The Remove A Color Cast edit is a one-step procedure with the single function of correcting an image’s white point or white balance—a concept you learned about earlier in this lesson. In this exercise, you’ll use the Enhance Color treatment, which applies a broader color correction, combining several adjustments to not only balance, but also boost, and brighten color.

For this exercise, you’ll work once again with the image of the old perfume bottles, which has an obvious color cast as a result of inadequate artificial lighting.

  1. Click the Open button (not the arrow beside it) at the upper left of the Editor workspace. Locate your Lesson 4 folder and open the image DSC_2474.jpg.
  2. Launch the Enhance Color adjustment by clicking its preview thumbnail. Use the View menu at the left of the bar above the Edit pane to switch to the Before & After - Horizontal view; then, choose View > Fit On Screen.

In the Guided edit mode, the Zoom and Hand tools are the only items in the toolbar; everything you’ll need for whichever editing task you chose is presented in the panel at the right.

  1. Click the Auto Fix button twice to correct the color and contrast; the photo improves dramatically. For photos with less extreme problems, a single click produces satisfactory results.

  2. In the Enhance Colors pane, drag the Hue slider to the left to set a value of −32.

All the colors in the image are shifted along the spectrum: the red bottle becomes purple, the blue-green glass is warmed to yellow-green, the orange bottle turns red, and the violet-blue reflections in the clear glass are shifted to cyan.

  1. Set the Saturation value to 40, and the Lightness to 10. The new colors become more vibrant, but the overall contrast is still inadequate.

  2. Click Next at the lower right; then, click Done. Switch to the Basics category, and then click Lighten And Darken. Drag the Shadows slider to 33 to retrieve detail in the dark bottle caps and bases; then set the Midtones to 100 to increase contrast by shifting the tonal spread. Click Next; then, click Save As.

  3. Name the file DSC_2474_EC-LD (for Enhance Colors, Lighten And Darken) and save it to the My CIB Work folder with all the usual settings. In the JPEG Options, set the Quality to 10; then, click OK. Choose File > Close.
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