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Quick White Balance Correction TechniquesHere are several of the most popular white correction method that's fast and easy to use. They are sorted by their effectiveness with the best technique first.
Color Correcting with Raw EditorIf your digital camera supports the raw file format and you've taken your photo in this format, you're in luck. White balance in raw files can be easily fixed at none or minimal quality loss. Because most cameras take raw photos in 12 bit color (4096 shades/color) instead of 8 bit color (256 shades/color), this gives you powerful white balance adjustments with no visible loss in quality. Tip: Don't let the bit number fool you! Although most digital cameras are only able to produce 12 bit out of the 16 bit color, they're still a lot better than 8 bit color. 12 bit color contains 4096 tones per color and that's over 68 million colors and 4000 times better than 8 bit color!
Step 1Open your raw file with Adobe Photoshop. The raw editor should appear.
Step 2Try using auto white balance first. To do this, select Auto from the White Balance drop down menu. If that doesn't work, try the different options in the drop down menu.
Step 3If that does not work or if you would like a more precise white balance adjustment, manually select a gray area in your image. To do this, use the White Balance Tool (I) and click on a point that's supposed to be gray. Try to select a point that's closest to 50% gray for best results.
Step 4You may make final slight adjustments by adjusting the Temperature and Tint sliders.
Rollover the image to see the before and after effect.
Color Correcting with LevelsThis technique produce the best results and is extremely fast and easy. Use this whenever possible for non-raw photos.
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Add a Levels adjustment layer (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Levels). Tip: We use an adjustment layer instead of applying levels directly to the image to practice non-destructive image processing. This way, we always have a backup of the original image as a layer.