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Photoshop Tip: Edit colour in old photos

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Tips & Tutorials, by Mark White
December 10, 2012

Control garish colour in old photos using Curves in Photoshop

Before image

After image

Curves colour adjustment

On an old photo, load up the Curves adjustment from the Layer>New Adjustment Layer menu.

Inside its dialog box, change RGB to either Red, Green or Blue, depending on the most dominant colour in your image (in this case, Blue).

Click on the button that has the hand with arrows, and click and drag over a subject in a blue cast in a downward motion to decrease the colour.

Going the opposite direction will increase the amount of colour.

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  • Eleanor

    I look forward to Issue 95.
    I started getting your issues, with #36. I have kept them, but it would be quite handy to have an index of the tutorials from all the issues. Or at least a yearly index. Have you considered it?