Get Rid Of The Photo Blues

Photographs made after a fresh snow can be quite appealing
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Photographs made after a fresh snow can be quite appealing. It covers clutter and hides distractions. The land takes on a pristine look. But, on clear, sunny days, reflected sky color turns shadows blue. Use the following tip so you don't have to sing the photo blues.

Open the original in Photoshop:

Go to the Layers Palette and click on the half dark half light circle—it's the Create An Adjustment Layer icon. When the dialog box opens, drag the cursor to the Color Balance text.

The Color Balance dialog box will appear in the Adjustments panel. The opposite of blue is yellow and the opposite of cyan is red. To offset the blue cast, drag the top slider toward RED and the bottom toward YELLOW. The amount will depend on how much blue needs to be negated. I settled on plus 22 red and minus 22 yellow.

The blue shadow area is neutralized. A huge plus is the red rock formations of Bryce were enhanced. The negative is the gorgeous blue tone of the sky now looks muddy and flat.

To restore the natural blue tone to the sky, go back to the layers palette and click on the Color Balance layer mask. You want to HIDE the effect of the color balance adjustment on the sky. Click on the brush tool and set the foreground color to black. Choose a soft brush of 0% hardness, set the opacity in the OPTIONS bar to 50% and begin to paint over the sky. Make multiple passes with the brush over the sky to paint back the original blue tone and color.

The layer mask will reveal the area you restore shown by a black band. The black band hides the effect of the adjustment layer and allows the original natural blue to come back through.

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5 Comments

    Antonio – In LR4 you can use an Adjustment Brush and select Temp. Add in 10-20 points of Warmth and paint onto your image. No Perfect Layers needed.
    Additionally, after you’ve used the Adj Brush you can move your sliders and change the effect if needed.

    @ D Taken in November while leading my tour to Bryce and Zion. Got lucky and had an early snow and a clear AM the next day. It’s nice when it works like that!

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