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How do I fix the red hue in older color photos?

Jul 18, 2013 12:11 PM

I have Elements 6. I am retouching all our family photos. I have some from the 80's (color) that have taken on a red hue. What are the ways I can return the color to original?

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    Jul 18, 2013 4:26 PM   in reply to lsmithyonce328

    Try this:


    1. Open your picture file
    2. Open a hue/saturation adjustment layer above the background layer
    3. In the drop-down, select "Reds" and move the hue slider to the right. Work the saturation and lightness sliders as well
    4. In the drop-down, select "Master", then try to further improve the picture with the sliders.
    5. Note that you have a mask associated with the adjustment layer. If you don't want the resulting changes applied to a portion of the picture, left click the mask (the white rectangle), then paint with a black brush where you don't want the changes. If you go too far, you can reverse the process by painting with a white brush. [Black hides, white reveals]
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    Jul 19, 2013 6:04 AM   in reply to lsmithyonce328

    You might try a Color Cast correction.

    This picture has a green tint.


    color cast1.jpg


    With Color Cast you click on a region that should be gray, white, or black. Here I  clicked on the white blinds.


    color cast2.jpg


    Also try this in conjunction with hatstead's hue/saturation adjustment.

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