In this Photoshop tutorial, you will learn how to white balance a photo with just one click!
You probably have used the Curves Adjustment Layer for color grading before. But did you know you can use the Curves Adjustment Layer to automatically white balance a photo?
The Auto Color Correction Algorithms inside of the Curves (and Levels) Adjustment Layer allows you to automate a white balance in Photoshop.
Thi technique is perhaps the best and quickest way to color correct a photo in any situation. Best of all it delivers amazing results!
Photoshop will do all the hard work, and automatically figure out what colors to sample from to create an accurate white balance on your photo.
Time needed: 3 minutes
How To Automatically White Balance a Photo in Photoshop
- Create a Curves Adjustment Layer
From the New Adjustment Layer icon, create a Curves Adjustment Layer.
- Enter The Auto Options
From the Properties Panel, Hold Alt (Windows), or Option (macOS) and click on the Auto Button. To enter the Auto Color Corrections Options.
- Change the Algorithm to Find Dark & Light Colors
Select the Find Dark & Light Color Algorithm and check Snap Neutral Midtones. Also, consider saving this as your default algorithm by checking the box.
- Use Eyedropper If The Auto Adjustment Doesn’t Work
If the previous step didn’t fully neutralize your image. Select the gray point eyedropper from the Curves adjustment and click on an area in your image that should be a neutral gray.
This same algorithm to white balance a photo could be used to color match layers in a composite. Make sure to check out that video next!