Color Balance

This is a simple yet useful tool. By using the Color Balance command, you can change the overall mixture of colors in a particular tonal range. This is quite useful for generalized color correction. When you think an image is too blue or red, a quick adjustment allows you to tone down specific colors. The adjustment is constrained to the shadows, midtones, or highlights as specified in the dialog box.

Step 1. Open up the file Ch09_Color_Balance1.tif. Notice how the light from the candles is a bit green?

Step 2. Make sure the composite channel is selected in the Channels palette, or the command won't work.

Step 3. Launch the Color Balance dialog box, or press iX +© ( B + D).

Step 4. Select the Highlights radio button so the command only affects the brighter areas of the image.

Step 5. Leave the Preserve Luminosity box checked to prevent changing exposure. This option will allow you to maintain tonal balance throughout editing the image.

The original image is too green. A Color Balance The new image feels warmer. (Photo by James Ball.)

adjustment can help.

The original image is too green. A Color Balance The new image feels warmer. (Photo by James Ball.)

adjustment can help.

Step 6. Drag the sliders towards Red and Yellow; those colors will increase while the opposite colors decrease.

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