Bair Art Edition's Tutorial on:
Adjusting Color & Exposure
In Adobe Photoshop

How To Correct White Balance, Exposure,
and Color Shifts When Printing

This tutorial has been created in an effort to give Bair Art Editions customers information on how they can best prepare their images for printing. We receive countless digital files that have been altered in one way or another, and some methods and techniques used by our custmers result in headaches for everyone. Here are some of the ways we suggest that you correct for exposure and color USING LAYERS.

If you are a Bair Art Editions customer or not, you will benefit from using these techniques. Your images will be altered in a way that allows you to revert to the original at anytime, and then go back to the retouched layer.

Be sure to first read "Using Layers," the concept of layers, and especially adjustment layers, will be applied in every portion of this tutorial. The rest of the contents can be read in any order, but do build upon each other in the order listed.

In this digital age, the graphic arts industry has been endowed with powerful tools. In our opinion, Adobe Photoshop (available at is by far the most powerful tool for lighting and color adjustments.

This tutorial will be using Adobe Photoshop version CS, however most, if not all, of the features that will be discussed are also available in earlier versions (such as 5.0 - 7.0). All of the graphics, including the pop-up windows, will be off of a Macintosh (usually in OSX), but again, the same features are applicable to the Windows operating systems.

However, this tutorial does combine all of the techniques for correcting color and exposure in photoshop that our staff has ever come accross. This includes our staffs at Bair Art Editions, and Masterlab.

Feel free to link to this site, and use any information for personal and/or commercial use. However, any reproduction of the material in this tutorial, including electronic publication, is prohibited without proper notification and citation of this site. This includes crediting our site and a link to this page in a conpicuous position relative to the copied information.

We also encourage you to offer up your own 2 worth! This industry is in such an exciting, dynamic state of change and advancement. All of our progress in this field is greatly advanced through an exchange of information. If you have any technique or tidbit of info to contribute to this tutorial please contact us at and include the subject heading as "tutorial". If it makes it up on our site we'll credit you and post a link to your site!

We hope this will be helpful and informative, and that it may, at the least, prevent a headache or two.

- Stephen Bair, Utah Wedding Photographer