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How to white balance with Photoshop

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How to white balance with Photoshop: Going to review some photos you took with your smartphone, did you realize that many of them have unnatural colors in which one shade (for example yellow or blue) prevails over all the others? Don’t worry: with Photoshop you can arrange everything in a little while.

By taking advantage of the white balance function of the famous Adobe software, in fact, you can correct your digital photos by making them take on more natural colors than they currently have. The operation is simple and does not require any advanced knowledge in the field of photo editing, so I would say not to waste any more precious time and see immediately how to white balance with Photoshop.

Are you ready to go to work? Yup? Fantastic! Come on then: make yourself comfortable, give yourself all the time you need to concentrate on reading the next lines and, more importantly, try to implement the “tips” that I will give you. There is nothing left for me to do, except wish you good reading and have fun!

How to white balance with Photoshop on PC

If you want to learn how to white balance with Photoshop on PC or up Mactherefore using Photoshop CC, the first step you need to take is to import the image to retouch into the program. To do this, you can simply drag it with the mouse inside the Photoshop window or you can select the item You open from the menu Filetop left.

Once the image to be edited has been imported, create a new adjustment layer by going to the menu Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Threshold. In the window that opens, click on the button OK and the photo, as if by “magic”, will be transformed into black and white.

White balance with Photoshop on PC

At this point, move the pane marker Theshold (which appears on the right side of the screen) to a value of 30-40so that you see most of the white image with a few black elements, and turn it on tool for sampling colors.

If you don’t know where the color sampler tool is, know that it can be activated by right-clicking on the dropper (in the Photoshop toolbar on the left side of the screen) and then selecting the item Color sampler tool from the menu that appears.

White balance with Photoshop on PC

Then click on one of the black points in the image, so that it is marked with the number 1and carries the indicator of the Theshold towards a value of 230-240, to set black as the dominant color in the photo leaving only a few elements in white. After that, turn on the color sampler and click on one of the white points of the image, to mark it with the number 2.

Now, to balance the white, delete the layer Threshold 1by right clicking on it (in the panel of levels located at the bottom right of the Photoshop window) and selecting the item Delete layer from the menu that appears. Next, go to the menu Image> Adjustments> Curvesto open the curve adjustment panel, select the icon first dropper located inside the latter and click on the point number 1 previously marked on the image.

White balance with Photoshop on PC

Now, select the third dropper iconclick on the point number 2 photo and also select the second dropper icon (the central one) and then click on a gray dot and finally on the button OK to close the box and apply the changes made. Mission accomplished!

Now your photo should have all the colors well balanced and, therefore, you just have to save it on your PC, by selecting the item Save with name from the menu File of Photoshop. Since it wasn’t that hard?

How to white balance with Photoshop online

White balance on Photopea

Would you white balance with Photoshop online? Unfortunately, the online version of Photoshop is still a bit too limited and does not allow you to do this. Be that as it may, you can try Photopea. It is a free online service that, while not integrating all the Photoshop functions, has some settings that allow you to adjust the colors of the image and generally correct “distorted” chromatic dominants due to a bad adjustment of the white balance. . The service is also available by subscription, starting from $ 3.33 / month, to remove the (non-invasive) advertising banners present on its pages.

To make use of it, go to its home page via the link I gave you a moment ago, click on the item Archive and select the wording You open in the opened menu to select the photo to edit. Alternatively, drag the image directly to Photopea’s main page.

Next, open the menu Image> Adjustments> Color Balances and regulates the dominants of Red, green And bluetaking advantage of the appropriate adjustment rods present in the box that appeared on the screen. In doing so, select the menus from time to time Shadows, Halftone And Lightsso as to act on all three of these parameters and obtain an image whose colors are as close as possible to those of reality.

When you are satisfied with the work, click on the button OK present in the box Color balance and then go to the menu File> Export as to choose how to export the output file.

How to white balance with Photoshop on smartphones and tablets

White balance with Photoshop on smartphones and tablets

Let’s see now how to white balance with Photoshop on smartphones and tablets. As you probably already know, there are several Photoshop apps available for both Android that for iOS / iPadOS and some of these offer the possibility to balance the white through the use of special filters ready to use.

One of the apps in question is Photoshop Expressavailable for free download on Android And iOS / iPadOS. After installing and starting Photoshop Express on your device, read the information sheets explaining the main features of the app and then log in with your Adobe IDyour account Google or your account Facebookby pressing on the relative buttons.

Once logged in, grant the app all the permissions necessary to make it work and then select the photo to edit by pressing directly on thepreview a photo saved locally (on the Photoshop Express main screen) or, if you prefer, expand the menu All the pictures located at the top left to select other options (Camera to take a photo at the moment, Creative Cloudto withdraw it from your Creative Cloud account, etc.).

After selecting the photo to retouch, tap on the card Balance White located at the bottom of the screen and, after selecting the preset that seems most suitable for your shot (eg. Cloudy, Flash, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent or Daylight), regulates its degree of application by means of the adjustment bar pop-up on the screen.

As soon as you are ready to do it, save the image you have retouched: tap on the symbol of arrow pointing right which is located in the upper right corner of the screen and select one of the saving or sharing options among those made available by the app.

If you use a iPadyou can succeed in your intent by using the iPadOS version of Photoshop which, unlike the other Adobe mobile apps, offers most of the Photoshop CC tools and in addition also the functions designed for the touch screen of the tablet of the Cupertino giant and for its accessories, primarily the Apple Pencil . The app is free for the first month of use, then it costs 10.99 euros / month.