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Make Color Correction Easier

Here are some ways to make color correction easier.

Essential Basics

Exposure First

Evaluate color only after adjusting the exposure and contrast (Levels), and the color saturation.

Where to Judge

Judge color in skin tones and gray areas, such as a gray card, gray rocks, worn asphalt pavement, and so forth.


Err on the side of warmth, if you're unsure of the color.

However, skin tones, generally, should not be too red or magenta.


After adjusting the color, return to the Levels adjustment layer.

Move the sliders slightly to check the exposure and contrast.

Then, return to, say, the Photo Filter adjustment layer, and check the color once more.

Save Using a Raw File Format

If you're photographing with mixed colored lighting, or light of unknown or unusual color, save your photographs using a raw file format.

When you use a raw file format, white balance processing is postponed until you process the raw file.

At that time, you can use the more powerful raw conversion software, rather than your camera, to adjust the white balance.

Gray Card & the

GretagMacBeth ColorChecker

A gray card or a GretagMacBeth ColorChecker card can make measuring color in black, gray, and white areas, easier.

Go to Measure Color.


Plug-ins are software that are added to Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.

Check to make sure a plug-in works with the version of Photoshop Elements that you're using.

Go to Plug-ins.


If you're colorizing B&W photographs, go to the Slayer Office Color Palette Generator.

When you enter a single color, the base color, white and black are added to the color, giving you nine variations for highlight and shadow areas.