Fixing Your White Balance in Photoshop

In order to adjust the white balance in a photo you have taken (just in case you forgot to use the settings during your photo shoot!), you just need to make a few clicks in Photoshop!

Here’s the image I’ll be starting with:


First, go up to the toolbar on the top of the screen and select the “Layer” menu. Under that menu heading, hover your mouse over the “New Adjustment Layer” button, and a second menu will appear. Select “Levels.” You’ll be prompted to make a name for your new layer before you can do anything else. The menu that pops up after you choose a name for your new layer looks like this:

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The first adjustment you will make is finding the gray point in the photo. This means you’ll be using the middle eyedropper (on the left of the window in the screenshot above) to pick an area in the photo that should be a neutral color. You can click around inside the photo to compare how different color selections affect the photo as a whole.

I clicked around and settled on a portion in the middle of the photo all the way on the right side and this is what the new photo looks like:

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There’s a lot less yellow from the streetlights now!


~ by flkarson on October 6, 2013.

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