Adjusting the color in Camera Raw
You’ll start by removing the color cast and adjusting the color and tone in the image.
- Select the White Balance tool () at the top of the Camera Raw dialog box.
- Click a white area of the graffiti. The color tone of the image changes dramatically.
- Click the girl’s white shoe. The color tone changes again.
- In the Basic panel, move the Temperature slider to -53 and the Tint slider to -54.
- In the next section of the Basic panel, move the sliders to the following values:
Adjusting the white balance changes all the colors in the image. To set an accurate white balance, select an area that should be white or gray.
In some images, adjusting the white balance is enough to remove a color cast and correct the tone of the image. Here, selecting a white balance is a good start. You’ll use settings in the Basic panel to fine-tune the tone.
- Exposure: -.50
- Contrast: +23
- Blacks: 18
- Clarity: +12
- Vibrance: +25
- Saturation: +5
You’re ready to move the image into Photoshop to continue retouching it.
Remember, when you’re making permanent corrections to an image file, it’s always wise to work on a copy rather than on the original. Then, if something goes horribly wrong, at least you’ll be able to start over on a fresh copy of the original image.