Color cast can happen to a photo when the white balance gets out of whack. This can happen because of reflected light,or because of a light source with a distinct color (ever seen a green fluorescent light photo?).
Fortunately for Photoshop Elements users, PSE gives us two great tools to help you deal with color cast.
1) Adjust Color for Skin Tone. This works well for photos with a lot of skin showing, like a close-up portrait.
Go to Enhance> Adjust Color> Adjust Color for Skin Tone and you will get this dialog box:
Notice there are no sliders on the lines! To get those, you have to move your cursor over a part of your image that should be skin colored, and click. Then you will see the image change, and you will have sliders.
The computer has taken its best guess as to how you’d like the color adjusted. You can fine tune by moving the sliders, or clicking on a different part of the image for a different result.
2) Remove Color Cast. This is great for when there is not enough skin, or when there are no skin tones to worry about.
Go to Enhance> Adjust Color> Remove Color Cast and you’ll get this dialog box:
The directions tell you to click on a part of the image that should be gray, white, or black. I think I get best results when I can find something white. But what they don’t tell you is to click on something that should be gray, white, or black… but isn’t.
In this example, the trim on the armhole of the uniform is reflective and actually shows white, while the wall in the background should be white but is really light blue. If I click on the armhole, it doesn’t change the photo. If I click on the wall, it works!
Each photo is different, and one technique may work better on one photo, and the other on a different photo. If you don’t like the results, try the other method. It just takes a few clicks to fix your pics!
Photo Credit: Jennifer Creek