Using Adobe PhotoShop Match Color Command as a One-Click-Fix for Photos

Sometimes, due to harsh lighting conditions, the people you photograph can turn out all orange or pink or whatnot.

Thusly:

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One way to avoid this situation is to use a powerful flash in the daytime to fill-in the shadows. (That’s what that Gene guy does at highly-rated and ironically-named Orange Photography. Saw him on Barry Bonds Day a few years back using a flash along with a strong filter (like sunglasses) on his lens – if you’re paying a pro for photos, why not have them done the right way, right?) Anyway, with an ideal set-up, that’s what you’d do. Oh well.

Now, here’s a shot taken of the same people at about the same time, excepting that this shot doesn’t have the harsh backlighting:

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See? More better, less Oompa Loompa.

Now, what if you could throw these two shots into ‘Shop and have the orange-y photo try to copy the colors of the nicer photo. That command is called “Match Color.” Here’s the result with the slider at 100%, full-on Match Color:  

Now, I’m not saying that this is perfect or anything. If it were important, you could do other things as well. But, as a dumbed-down command, Match Color can get the job done with one click.

Or you can convert the whole shebang to black and white. (That might serve to also get you an “arty” look, for better or worse.)  

And There You Have It.

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4 Responses to “Using Adobe PhotoShop Match Color Command as a One-Click-Fix for Photos”

  1. DJTennessee says:

    My subjects get orange in post-production process because I use “Hue/Saturation” control to make up for the often grey-and-foggy quality if the background at SF events. Will certainly try this Color Match command going forward! Thx 4 the tip!

  2. The Tens says:

    I bet they used the shadow/highlights tool to brighten up the area in the shadows. I’m still learning, but people turn orange when you use it. I just take down the saturation after using shadow/highlights and that will most of the time make it look natural.

  3. sfcitizen says:

    Yep, that could be the case.

    Replace Color and then desaturating the faces, and then the history Brush to clean up is another way of doing that….

  4. @marycray says:

    can someone please photoshop Gavin’s jeans. jeez.