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Got White? Try This Color Balance Trick?

Monday, May 12th, 2014 by | Filed Under: Digital Photography

I’ve got a cool way to set the color balance in your photos using Photoshop. All you need is something white in the photos and you can clear up any unwanted color cast by cleaning up your whites.

We all want our images to have nice, clean colors. Nothing ruins a great image faster than a heavy color cast.You lose good separation of color and it makes your photos look flat, dimensionless and muddy.

There are a million ways to set color balance and this trick isn’t going to work for every photo. But it’s become one of my favorite techniques and I use about 70% of the time.

Here’s how to do it:

All you need is something, pretty much anything, detailed white in your photo. It could be a cloud, a feather or the top of a wave.

Don’t use a bright, clipped white without details like the image below.

We’re going to use a curves adjustment layer in Photoshop to set color only.

Now this is not a tutorial about how to set white and black points in your image. I’ve put together a video so I can show you step-by-step how do this.  Click here to watch the complete video on YouTube.

I’ve also go more great photo tutorials at my Backcountry Gallery site. Head over and check them out when you get the chance.

~ Steve

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