There are times when you just don’t have the white balance correct on your camera and you get a “color cast”. Instead of natural looking skin you may get tones of blue or gold or orange. Not pretty.
Photoshop has a tool to help you add different saturations of colors to fix those color casts until the colors are natural.
Sometimes, there just isn’t a fix. Take this photo below. No, my daughter was not abducted by aliens and turned green…they were sitting in a little pop-up tent and it was green. Add a little sunlight, and boom!! my child turned green. Since one is in the tent and one has natural light on him I really can’t fix the color, because fixing one would change the other. Believe me I tried. It was just too cute to throw away, so I had to take another route with it.
The best thing for these types of pictures is to just turn it into a black and white image. Voila, no more color issues to deal with!
Screen layer at 50%, flatten
2 soft light layers at 100% for contrast, flatten
Virtual Photographer – BW filter
Layer Mask – Brightness (+10)/Contrast (+20)
Erase blown areas in the layer mask, flatten
Here is the effect (there is a few problems with this fix, but I did it fast…and it’s late…sorry it’s not perfect):
This is what I did first using a free black and white action in CS2, which I LOVE. I think I got pretty close to matching the two. Just play with them. VP has several different types of BW conversions, too. I will usually use the BW filter first and then on a new layer try the other filters until I get an effect I like. I can adjust the top layer to as little or as much of the effect I want.