Color Balance

The Color Balance command (as shown in Figure 6-9) presents you with three sliders that you use to make changes to the balance between your color oppo-sites. If the image is too blue, you drag the third slider away from Blue and toward Yellow. (And this is a great way to remember which colors are opposite pairs!)

You can control the highlights, mid-tones, and shadows of your image individually by using radio buttons at the bottom of the Color Balance dialog box. And, in almost all cases, you'll want to leave the Preserve Luminosity check box marked so that the brightness of the individual pixels is retained.

Figure 6-8: Correct each channel individually with Curves to adjust color in your image.

You can also use Color Balance to throw an image out of whack for special effects or (getting back to the adjustment's roots) compensating for a color cast being introduced by the printing device.

Figure 6-9: Color Balance gives you direct control over opposites.

Tone Balance

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Figure 6-9: Color Balance gives you direct control over opposites.

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