How to Remove a Yellow Cast Color in Photoshop CS5

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How to Remove a Yellow Cast Color in Photoshop CS5
Photos yellow over time. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

A yellow cast over a photo is an unwanted shift in its colour that adds an excess of yellow into the image. Printed pictures attain a yellow cast when they age over the course of years, but any photo might have one thanks to poor lighting. Photoshop offers several methods for removing a yellow cast, including manipulating the channel mixer, or using Photoshop's "Auto Color" editor. Adobe recommends one method in particular, which uses the "Variations" feature from the Adjustments menu.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Click on "Image," on Photoshop's menu bar.

  2. 2

    Hover your mouse over "Adjustments" to open a sub menu. Click "Variations..." from this menu. The "Variations" window will open. The lower left pane will contain seven thumbnails of your image. The lower right pane will contain three thumbnails.

  3. 3

    Click the radio button for "Midtones."

  4. 4

    Drag the Intensity slider until it is exactly halfway between "coarse" and "fine."

  5. 5

    Click the lowest, leftmost thumbnail, which is marked "More Blue." The thumbnail of your image that is labelled "Current Pick" will change accordingly, losing some of its yellow cast.

  6. 6

    Repeat the previous step, until you are satisfied with the new tint.

  7. 7

    Click the thumbnail in the lower-right pane marked "Lighter," until the thumbnail marked "Current Pick" is as dark as the original.

  8. 8

    Click "OK" to apply your changes.

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