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Welcome to the home of the step by step creative online tutorial. Here you will find detailed, easy-to-understand steps accompanied by screen shots. These tutorials are liable to be about anything from my current project to something that drove me nuts trying to figure out. It is my hope that the things I can convey here will save you time and frustration.

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Gettin' the Red Out

Zapping contrary color casts with Hue/Saturation

Hey you Led Zeppelin fans (yes I had fun with the title)! Today I want to bequeath to you one of my very favorite Photoshop tricks. It's fast, it's easy, and I use it on almost every human photo I encounter.

It seems like there's always an over abundance of red areas (especially in skin tones), where normal color correction techniques fear to trot. The way to zap such a contrary color cast is by using a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer. This technique is 100% guaranteed to get the red out each and every time, and it works in both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.