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


Solving Color and White Balance Problems: Color Balance Tool


Thankfully, problems with White Balance specifically, or Color Balance generally, are often a general color shift. What we mean here is that the image is simply too much of one color, or not enough of another (depending on how you wish to view it). These problems are easily fixed with the Color Balance tool, or any of the other tools discussed in this module.

If there are more complicated color shifts, this tool may not be powerful enough, and further reading in the module will reveal how to address those issues. If your problem is a major White Balance shift, or you just want a more precise tool, read Using Levels to Correct White Balance.


The Color Balance tool is the most user-friendly, and easiest to understand. In fact, it's pop-up window with it's sliders helped to teach me the relationship between Red and Cyan, Green and Magenta, and Blue and Yellow; back when I was first learning color management.

The tool is accessible under Image/ Adjustment/ Color Balance, but, of course, we will be using layers!

Either go under Layer/ New Adjustment Layer/ Color Balance


Or on the layers palette (accessable in Window/ Layers) click on the half white & Black circle and choose "Color Balance"



You can see the relationship of the colors is simply demonstrated here. You are able to adjust the color balance in the shadows, midtones, or highlights. I always "Preserve Luminosity," but you don't have to take my word for it:


Experiment with it, that's how you'll learn color!


The following are the other sections of this module:


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