Tuesday, January 25, 2011

New Photo Editing Tutorial

Happy Tuesday everyone! Judie (aka HeyJude) here with my first post as one of the newest members of the "Libby Lou Crew." Today, I have a tutorial for you on adjusting the white balance in photos. Ever get photos that have a yellowish, greenish or bluish tinge to them? Chances are, the white balance on your camera wasn't set correctly when you took the photo. Never fear though, there is an easy fix in PhotoShop Elements. This tutorial will show you how to adjust the white balance in photos in PSE7 (although it is pretty much the same in most versions of PSE).

Here is a photo that needs some adjustment:

Notice the yellowish tone? That was caused by taking the photo in candescent light without a flash (and without properly adjusting the white balance on my camera). There is an easy fix for it though, just a click of the mouse actually - it's quite amazing!

Just follow these steps:

1. Go to the "Enhance" drop down menu at the top of the screen
2. Click on "Adjust Color" then "Remove Color Cast"

3. When the dialogue box pops up, your cursor will turn into an eyedropper. Use this eyedropper to click on anything in the photo that should be gray, white or black (personally, I've found white objects work the best - if you have one in the photo). You will see the color balance change as soon as you click on something, so feel free to try out different objects until you achieve the look you want. Sometimes you need to play around with it to find the right balance. Once you're satisfied, click on OK in the dialogue box and your changes will be saved.

4. Once you've clicked OK, you can toggle back and forth between the original and enhanced photos just by clicking on the Undo and Redo buttons in the top right corner of the screen. This will show you just how much your photo has changed. Here are the before (top) and after (bottom) shots of my photo:

What a difference! It's amazing how much just one little adjustment can make. I hope you find this tutorial useful with your photo editing. Have a great week :)

1 comment:

Kimberlee said...

What a great simple technique. So quick to learn and can make such a huge difference. Thanks so much!