Tutorial: How to Effectively Remove Color Casts from Your Photos in Seconds

There are many ways to remove color casts from your images in Photoshop, but this tutorial by photographer and retoucher Michael Woloszynowicz offers one of the quickest, easiest and most effective methods we’ve seen.

Like the video, we’re going to keep this one short. There’s really nothing to it. Instead of messing with your color balance or curves to try and take away, say, an orange color cast, he suggests you use a more subtle technique to get more accurate results.

Here’s his before and after:


The great thing about this technique, other than Woloszynowicz’s claim that it works on any kind of image, is that it employs color theory to get consistent results every time — and it won’t alter the overall coloring of your images either.

To see how he does it, check out the video at the top. And once you’re done, definitely head over to his YouTube channel or blog for a lot more useful tutorials like this one.

(via Fstoppers)

  • Adam Cross

    the 2nd photo just doesn’t look real, is he sure it’s a colour cast he wants to correct or does he just want to white-wash this woman?

  • Aaron Kato

    That is just amazing!

  • Toby Hawkins

    They both look very unnatural. The image has already been photoshopped to death.

  • harumph

    Maybe this wasn’t the best example to use, since the skin tone in the “before” picture looks so much better than the final image. He turned her grey.

  • guest

    Agreed. I just tried it with some ND filters that have a blue cast to them, and it cleared it up almost perfectly!

  • kodiak xyza

    ohhey! it removes the colour cast… and the skin too.
    where did the skin go?

    ** yes, yes, it was not the colour cast… the technique was applied after the skin was removed.

  • sum_it

    They should have a tutorial for how to remove instagram filters. Actually nvm, vast majority of those pictures aren’t worth recovering.

  • Fernando Callo

    “How to Effectively Ruin a photograph”

  • just me

    The 2nd picture doesn’t look grey on my monitor, just a bit less saturated. Good to know this trick I guess.

  • john j wood

    A tutorial on how to speak slowly & clearly might also be helpful

  • dimitrisservis

    I have an old action that helps you identify white, black and 50% grey areas using threshold layers and a 50% fill, then you select the points in curves. It’s much more systematic than this (I am sorry I do not remember the source for reference…)

  • dimitrisservis

    Color cast removed “the white/black/grey” point way from above jpg

  • atom23

    Not a bad tute’. He’s effectively “neutralizing” the color cast in the highlights and shadows so yeah I think he overdid the “gray” hereā€”it’s easy to tone that down a bit. Anyway, I think you can do the same thing with curves (as he says there are many ways to do this). He glossed over the fact that he masked the woman, hence his color retouching affects only her and not the background.

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  • Brian

    Duplicate layer, Blur menu, Average, Invert…….less than ten seconds and paint back what you want. Done!

  • bob cooley

    To me it seems that with this particular photo, which has already been stepped on to death by Photoshop (she looks ‘video-game’ smooth and completely unrealistic), it would be more valuable to show this on an image that has had the color cast unintentionally captured.

    If you are shooting in the studio, you have full control over your lighting, and should never have need for this technique, but I’d be curious to see this applied to an image where the capture was in less than ideal circumstances. For example, if this were an outdoor shoot where different colors were cast into the image due to reflective surfaces, or ambient light color, etc. I think it would have more real-world value, and would be a better example of how/if this works in real scenarios.

  • santosh shirke