Lightroom Tutorial: Remove a Color Cast from a Photo

A color cast occurs when an unwanted color tint dominates the overall tone of a photo. This can happen due to various factors, such as the lighting conditions during the shoot or the color temperature of the camera. While a subtle color cast can sometimes add a unique character to an image, an excessive or distracting color cast can detract from the overall quality of the photo.

Lightroom offers a variety of tools that can help you effectively remove color casts from your photos, restoring their natural colors and enhancing their overall appearance.

Identifying Color Casts

Before attempting to remove a color cast, it’s important to first identify the type of color cast present in your photo. Common color casts include:

  • Orange/Warm Cast: This occurs when the photo appears too warm or yellow, often due to shooting in warm lighting conditions, such as sunset or under incandescent lights.
  • Blue/Cool Cast: This occurs when the photo appears too blue or cold, often due to shooting in cool lighting conditions, such as overcast skies or under fluorescent lights.
  • Green Cast: This occurs when the photo appears too green, often due to shooting in shaded areas or under fluorescent lights with a green tint.

Removing Color Casts with Lightroom

Lightroom provides two primary methods for removing color casts:

1. Using the White Balance Tool

The White Balance tool is a quick and easy way to correct for minor color casts. In the Develop module, locate the White Balance panel. You can choose from various presets based on the lighting conditions during the shoot (Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash) or manually adjust the Temperature and Tint sliders to neutralize the color cast.

2. Using Color Temperature and Tint Sliders

For more precise control over color cast correction, you can directly adjust the Temperature and Tint sliders in the White Balance panel.

  • Temperature: Adjust the Temperature slider to neutralize the overall color cast. A higher value adds warmth (orange/yellow), while a lower value adds coolness (blue).
  • Tint: Adjust the Tint slider to fine-tune the color cast. A positive value adds magenta, while a negative value adds green.

Additional Tips

  • Use the Graduated Filter: If the color cast is uneven across the image, you can use the Graduated Filter tool to selectively adjust the white balance in different areas of the photo.
  • Utilize the Adjustment Brush: For even more precise control, use the Adjustment Brush tool to paint adjustments directly onto specific areas of the photo, correcting the color cast without affecting the rest of the image.
  • Consider Color Grading: Once the color cast is removed, you can further enhance the colors in your photo using the Color Grading panel, fine-tuning the Hue, Saturation, and Luminance of specific color ranges.


Removing color casts is an essential part of photo editing, ensuring that your images accurately represent the colors of the scene. By understanding the different types of color casts and utilizing Lightroom’s color correction tools, you can effectively neutralize unwanted color tints and restore the natural colors in your photos.