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Floating homes

By softlight
I am having difficulty with this picture every time I make the white boats look more natural the sky goes to red, so how can I redress the colour balance on the white panelling is of the boats thinking you in advance

Tags: Landscape and travel

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Trev_B 11 151 68 England
7 May 2012 11:22PM
Hi Michael, It can be difficult to get snow and whites correct as they tend to reflect the colour of the sky. It's easier if the image is captured in RAW as Adobe Camera Raw gives you the ability to change the white balance to get honest whites. As you have taken a JPG image you can use the Remove Colour Cast tool, under Enhance, Adjust Colour tabs. Use the eye dropper and click on a white, grey or black area of the image until the whites are as you want them. Then reduce the saturation to bring the sky into a realistic sunset.

Help this helps, my mod shows my attempt plus a crop to put the sky on the upper thirds line.


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Sooty_1 8 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
8 May 2012 10:10AM
It looks to me as if the saturation is just too much. When you have a strong sky, white objects tend to take on the hue anyway, and here the water will only add to the effect. I would suggest you get the sky and water colours as you like them and leave the boats to look after themselves.

mhfore 11 6 176 England
8 May 2012 11:56AM
Hi Michael,

The way I read the decription (and I apologise if I'm wrong) is that you want to keep the sky as it is but lighten the boats, if that's the case then there's a simple 30 sec fix.

After making a copy go to "Levels" when the window opens you should have three eyedroppers select the bottom one and click on the white hull of the boat, this will lighten the image. Next apply a layer mask and by using a black brush erase the effect from the sky then reduce the strength to around 50% and erase the effect from the rest of the image except the boats, a black brush erases and a white one replaces what you've just erased. When you first use the eyedropper if the boats are to white reduce the opacity (strength) before erasing at 50%. In the levels window you can also just move the white slider (left hand) in until the boats are white enougth before erasing.

As always with Elements/Ps etc there will be more than one way to make adjustments but if this is what your after then this is possibly the easiest way.

Take care
softlight 8 1 United Kingdom
8 May 2012 1:43PM
thanks everone mike.

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