The power of Adobe’s imaging software never ceases to amaze. In the below video, software guru Colin Smith of photoshopCAFE demonstrates how to use a time-saving tool in Photoshop, Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw that fixes the color of a photo instantly in a single click.
Smith’s easy-to-follow, 3:30-minute tutorial shows you how to make the color in an image look more vibrant but still natural using any of Adobe’s powerful trio of imaging apps. The video is a follow-up to a popular tutorial last month where Smith explained how to use a “magic button” in Photoshop to fix color. This new tool is a bit different though since it’s not just for Photoshop.
“Recently I did a video where I showed you guys how to use the Neutralize button to fix the color in any photo,” Smith says. “And I got a lot of questions about it. One of them was: will this work in Camera Raw or Lightroom? And, no, it won’t, but I have something very similar which works in Photoshop, Lightroom and Camera Raw.”
In the tutorial, Smith shows how to remove the ugly color cast from two sample images: one with minor color issues and another with major problems. The “secret” to this one-click color fix is the eyedropper tool, Smith explains.
“Just go down and grab the middle eyedropper, which is our white balance tool,” he says. “And all you want to do is drop this on an area that should be white or neutral gray. The whites of the eyes work great: click once and ‘boom’ the color cast is removed.”
Along with fixing the color in the two sample images, Smith then explains an easy way to fix the contrast also using the eyedropper tool in Photoshop, Lightroom, and Camera Raw. Check it all out in the video below and then go visit and subscribe to photoshopCAFE to get all of his Adobe tips, tricks and tutorials.