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The Photo Filter command has a dual purpose, as well as more than one way to access it. We’ll demonstrate the usefulness of this feature, and explain why it’s located in two different places.
To do this, we’ll:
• Show you how to remove a colorcast while working directly on the image’s background layer.
• Explain how to enhance an image with a color photo filter while working on an adjustment layer.
You’re probably well aware by now that practically anything you can do in Photoshop, you can do a number of different ways. Some methods are simply easier than others. Consider the Photo Filter command, for example. Of all the various ways you can remove a colorcast or adjust the color hue in an image, using the Photo Filter command is probably the quickest and easiest method to do either. In this article, we’ll show you how to use this feature to do both.
Using a photo filter
The Photo Filter command works much like colored filters you can attach to camera lenses. The filter color blends with the existing color in your image to create a new color balance. This technique enables you to do things like remove a colorcast from an image or enhance color in an image with a cool or warm hue.
To remove a colorcast
You can remove a colorcast, like the yellow colorcast in the image shown in Figure A1, by simply neutralizing it with a color filter, as shown in Figure A2. To do this, choose Image > Adjustments > Photo Filter. This opens the Photo Filter dialog box, as shown in Figure B. In the Use pane of this dialog box, there are several preset filters listed in the Filter pop-up menu.
The Warming Filter (85) and Cooling Filter (80) presets enable you to alter the white balance in an image. An image taken in bright, outdoor light, for example, may appear bluish. The Warming Filter (85) preset adds a yellow-orange hue that seemingly raises the temperature in the image. Conversely, an image taken indoors, in artificial light, may appear too yellow or warm. The Cooling Filter (80) preset adds a blue hue to counteract the color imbalance.
After you choose a filter, take a moment to experiment with the Density value. This setting controls how much color is applied to the image. To set the option, make sure the Preview check box is selected and then mov...