This section of the panel provides shortcuts to some useful colour correction adjustments.

Colour Correct

Colour Correct is a dynamic function that will create a Curves adjustment that automatically applies settings based on the manual colour correction technique Steve teaches in many courses and other videos.

To use it is quite simple. Simply press the Colour Correct button and the panel will create a Curves adjustment with the “corrected” colours applied.

It works by adjusting the “white” point of each of the Red, Green and Blue channels in the Curves adjustment layer, moving the control point to the point where each channels histogram ends:

There will be times when pressing the Colour Correct button appears to do nothing and this will be because there is no room between the end of the images histogram and the white point.

When this happens, you can try typing a different number in the “Tolerance” box. This tells the panel to go beyond the end of the histogram to make the adjustment, but the down side is that it will clip the highlights and therefore may require some luminosity masking in those clipped highlight areas.

Compare these screenshots which used Tolerance level 9, to the above screenshots and notice how the control points in the ones below go slightly beyond the end of the histogram:

Warm

This button adds a warming filter that can be applied to your entire image, or to selective parts using a luminosity mask.

If no selections are active when you press the button, then the effect is created in a concealed state with a black layer mask:

You may then brush into the mask with a white brush to reveal it selectively around your image (with a luminosity selection active for added accuracy).

Or you may invert the mask to reveal the effect across the whole image and then mask it out with a black brush.

If you have a selection active before you press the Warm button, then that selection will be loaded into the layer mask of the effect:

Cool

This button adds a cooling filter that can be applied to your entire image, or to selective parts using a luminosity mask.

If no selections are active when you press the button, then the effect is created in a concealed state with a black layer mask:

You may then brush into the mask with a white brush to reveal it selectively around your image (with a luminosity selection active for added accuracy).

Or you may invert the mask to reveal the effect across the whole image and then mask it out with a black brush.

If you have a selection active before you press the Cool button, then that selection will be loaded into the layer mask of the effect:

Blue Sky

This button creates a specific set of adjustments that can be used to recover washed out blue skies in an image. You may find other uses for it, but it has been designed with this one use in mind.

Best used on photos taken with bright clear blue skies, simply press the button to add the effect, then either mask it in or out of your image as desired. Alternatively, have a selection active when you press the button and that selection will be loaded into the adjustments’ layer mask