How to remove unwanted color tint from your subject in Photoshop

Photoshop gives you several tools to remove unwanted elements from your images, including color casts in subjects.

You no longer have to worry about taking pictures in poor lighting if you can’t help it. In our tutorial, we’ll show you how easy it is to remove an unwanted color cast from your subject using Photoshop. Let us begin!

What images work for this method?

Color images will only work for this method. It may seem counterintuitive to use a colorize function to remove a color cast, but as you’ll see, it works beautifully.

Just avoid black and white images, and you’ll be able to remove any unwanted color casts from your subject.

How to remove neon light from a person

Let’s start with a portrait taken in neon light. For this example, we will use the Colorize neural filter to remove the color cast from our subject’s face and clothing. We’ll then mask the effect to restore the original neon colors to the rest of the image.

If you want to continue, you can download the example file on Pexels.

  1. To go Filter > neural filters.
  2. In the all filters menu, choose the color option.
  3. Move to down. To choose Output as a new color layer. This will temporarily distort the image.
  4. In Productionto choose new layer.
  5. then press okay.
  6. Click on the Add vector mask to add a layer mask to the new layer.
  7. Press B. For him Brush. Select the Foreground color to black alternating the D Y X keys.
  8. choose a Round Smooth brush.
  9. Paint all the light from the original neon sign into the image, but don’t paint over the woman’s face and clothing. We cover how to use the Brush tool if you need a refresher.

And that is! The result is an image without any of the neon lights on the woman’s face or clothes.

Note that on some images, you may not even need to perform the masking steps. Here’s an example where the results still look great with minimal effort. You can download the original image on Pexels to try it out.


After (no masking):

If you want to take this portrait to the next level, you can use a retouch plugin like PortraitPro to enhance the model’s skin.

Other examples of removing unwanted color casts

Unwanted color tints come in many forms. But the good news is that you would follow the exact same steps outlined above to remove unwanted color casts.

Let’s take a look at an example of a shade of red that covers the entire image. You can download this image on Pexels.


After (no masking):

Another common situation of unwanted color tint is strong, bright sunlight. This too can be easily removed with this technique. Download the image on Pexels to try it out.


After (no masking):

Once again, it’s very easy to remove unwanted color casts from your subjects using a simple neural filter in Photoshop.

If you want to add an antique look to your portrait after removing the unwanted color cast, here’s how to create an antique look in Photoshop.

Photoshop makes it easy to remove unwanted color casts

Photoshop is moving closer to one-touch editing for many photo editing needs. And removing an unwanted color cast has become quick and easy thanks to Photoshop’s AI technology. We hope you have learned the technique and apply it to any of your photos that may need it.

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