You shoot in the RAW and you do not need to fix White Balance in Photoshop. But you should learn how to adjust the color temperature in Photoshop, it is necessary. You shot a home party in JPEG or you want to edit the photos you took a smartphone or your parents asked you to help them edit a few photos.
OK OK. I admit. I shoot both RAW and JPEG. It depends on what I plan to do with the images. But sometimes a camera doesn’t right work.
How to fix white balance in Photoshop
I write in detail about White Balance in my article and you can read it here.
Despite the fact that you are editing JPEG, you can fix the White Balance in Photoshop. I was surprised at how some authors complicate this process.
In fact, it is very easy to do.
You should find in your photo 3 points: White Point, Black Point, and Gray Point. The best way to fix the light is to use Curves. It located in
Image> Adjustments> Curves
For example. I took a landscape photo that I shot in Tuscany. I set in Camera RAW White Balance – Fluorescent. This is a mistake. But I specifically imitated the error.
Set the White Point
You should find the lightest point of your photo. How to do it?
Open the Curves dialog box. All we have to focus on is the Eyedroppers at the Curves dialog box. Click on the eyedropper to set the White Point.
Press and hold the Alt button. Simultaneously move the white adjustment slider at the bottom of the chart to the left. Your image will turn black. As the white slider drag to the left, parts of the image will become bright. These are the brightest parts of the photo. Click on one of these parts.
Zoom the image. This makes it easier to work with the pipette.
If you want you can choose another area of the frame.
White’s point is set.
Set Black Point
The black point, like the white point, is set similarly.
You need to select another pipette in the Curves dialog box. And holding the Alt button to drag the black adjustment slider to the right. The photo will turn bright white. Gradually begin to appear black dots. These are the darkest parts of the photo. Click on one of the black areas.
Set the Gray Point
Click on the gray pipette and select it. Then look at your photo and determine which area is medium bright and click. You can experiment. You can do not set the gray point at all if the white balance fine you.
If the White Balance requires additional correction, you will have to set the Gray point. It is a bit more complicated.
- Create new fill or adjustment layer and select «Fill dialog box» select filling with 50% Gray
- Change the blend mode to Difference
- Add a new «Threshold» adjustment layer
- Then slowly drag the adjustment slider to the right until gray areas begin to appear on the image
- Select the Color Sampler Tool and click on the area you identified as gray
- Create a new layer of Curves. Activate it and place it at the top
- Immediately remove the Threshold and Fill layers with 50% gray!
- Select in Curves Dialog box pipette “Point Gray” and click on a marker from step 5
White balance corrected.
Please check out some of my previously published free tutorials in my archives.
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