White Balance a Photo in Photoshop with Just ONE CLICK!

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

  1. Create a Curves Adjustment Layer

    From the New Adjustment Layer icon, create a Curves Adjustment Layer.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.
    Auto Color Correction Options

  4. 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!

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Patrick Powers

Do you have a place to download images for me to follow along in your tutorials?


i love this!

Ricardo Villa

This was a great video! I’m looking forward to trying this out. Thanks so much!