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Improving color balance

From: Photoshop CC for Photographers: Camera Raw 8 Fundamentals

Video: Improving color balance

In this chapter, we're going to take a look at how we can use the basic White Balance controls in order to customize and correct the color that we have in our photographs. In order to begin the conversation, let's take a look at this slide. Here in this slide, you can see that we have different types of color temperatures, and we already intuitively know this. We know that there are certain color temperatures that are warm, like the sun early in the morning. We also know that there are other types of color temperatures Which are cold and cool. And what we can do in Camera Raw, is we can customize the color temperature that we have in our photographs by using a couple of different tools. Let's click on a photograph and start to take a look at how we can work white balance and color temperature in one of our photos. So here I'll click into this image, and in this photograph, you may notice that there's a little bit of a color shift.

Improving color balance

In this chapter, we're going to take a look at how we can use the basic White Balance controls in order to customize and correct the color that we have in our photographs. In order to begin the conversation, let's take a look at this slide. Here in this slide, you can see that we have different types of color temperatures, and we already intuitively know this. We know that there are certain color temperatures that are warm, like the sun early in the morning. We also know that there are other types of color temperatures Which are cold and cool. And what we can do in Camera Raw, is we can customize the color temperature that we have in our photographs by using a couple of different tools. Let's click on a photograph and start to take a look at how we can work white balance and color temperature in one of our photos. So here I'll click into this image, and in this photograph, you may notice that there's a little bit of a color shift.

Now we can shift the color temperature by going to the Basic panel, and by working with our Temperature and our Tint sliders. Here we can make some subtle or really dramatic adjustments. Click and drag the Temperature slider to cool the image off or add more yellow and warm it up. To reset the slider, double-click it, and it will bring it back to its default setting. We can also work with the Tint slider as well so that we can tint the image a bit more green or make it a little bit more magenta, simply by dragging the slider. Again, I'll double click the slider to bring it back to its default setting. Now with this image, I mentioned that there's a little bit of a color shift. Now I could try to correct the image by guessing and by using these sliders, or you could also use a tool that is called the white balance tool. You can find this tool up top, and it’s located right here next to the hand tool. So go ahead and click on that tool.

Then position your cursor over something that you know should be neutral. In this image, I know that this Leica camera was black. I know that that should be a true black, so therefore I’ll go ahead and click on that. You can also click on other items in your photograph that aren’t black. Perhaps something which is gray or white. Well, what it will allow Camera Raw to do is to make some temperature and tint adjustments in order to color correct the photograph. If we hover over the area of our image where we clicked and look at our RGB values, what we'll discover is that it made those values equal.

Equal amounts of red, green and blue equals neutrality. And here you can see that what it did is it color-corrected this photo. If we click on the Preview check box, here's before, click again, and here's after. And in a sense, what it did is it shifted all of the colors to try to remove The color cast. Now after having color corrected this photograph, what I want to do is take this just a little bit further. Now you don't always have to do this, but sometimes what you might want to do is correct the image and then customize it by using these sliders. Here I'll drag this a little bit to the left, because I feel like the image is a touch too warm.

Or maybe I'll work with the tint sliders and I'll drag this one to the right to add a bit more magenta. In this way, I can sort of nudge the color temperature one way or another, making more subtle adjustments. In order to evaluate your progress, you always want to click on the Preview checkbox or press the P key to look at the before and then click again in order to see the after. Alright, well now that we've started to see how we can use the white balance sliders an the white balance eye dropper, let's take a deeper look into how we can use these tools, an let's do that in the next few movies.

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  1. 13m 47s
    1. Welcome
      50s
    2. Using the exercise files
      39s
    3. Begin with Camera Raw and finish with Photoshop
      3m 48s
    4. What is Adobe Camera Raw?
      3m 45s
    5. What's new (CC 2014)
      1m 6s
    6. Previews in CC versus CC 2014 (CC 2014.1) NEW
      1m 55s
    7. Previews in CC versus CC 2014
      1m 44s
  2. 25m 2s
    1. Bridge overview and preferences
      4m 1s
    2. Optimizing the performance of Bridge and Camera Raw
      4m 30s
    3. Why raw files work best
      3m 46s
    4. The advantages of using DNG
      4m 39s
    5. Comparing RAW and DNG
      2m 53s
    6. Converting or saving to the DNG format
      5m 13s
  3. 14m 50s
    1. Project overview
      1m 10s
    2. Correcting exposure with the Basic panel
      3m 36s
    3. Cropping and composing
      1m 50s
    4. Converting to black and white
      2m 34s
    5. Sharpening and noise reduction
      2m 43s
    6. Processing multiple files at once
      2m 57s
  4. 25m 14s
    1. Navigating the interface and the toolbar
      3m 19s
    2. Becoming familiar with the interface and the toolbar (CC 2014.1) NEW
      2m 42s
    3. Advanced panel navigation
      2m 1s
    4. Navigating to the tools and panels (CC 2014.1) NEW
      2m 21s
    5. Using the histogram clipping indicators (CC 2014.1) NEW
      3m 22s
    6. Using the histogram clipping indicators
      2m 56s
    7. Previewing before and after different adjustments
      2m 35s
    8. Working with multiple files (CC 2014.1) NEW
      3m 6s
    9. Working with multiple files
      2m 52s
  5. 28m 43s
    1. Opening raw files in Bridge
      3m 52s
    2. Opening JPEGs and TIFFs in Bridge
      3m 53s
    3. Using Camera Raw as a filter in Photoshop
      5m 6s
    4. How to open and skip Camera Raw
      1m 9s
    5. Opening files in Photoshop from Camera Raw
      4m 19s
    6. Saving from Camera Raw
      3m 48s
    7. Opening an image as a Smart Object
      6m 36s
  6. 22m 40s
    1. Introducing the Crop tool
      3m 41s
    2. Cropping to a specific aspect ratio
      2m 5s
    3. Cropping to a custom ratio or size
      3m 35s
    4. Using the crop overlay
      3m 11s
    5. Rotating and cropping an image with the Crop tool
      3m 58s
    6. Straightening your photograph
      2m 47s
    7. The art of cropping
      3m 23s
  7. 14m 14s
    1. Improving color balance
      3m 18s
    2. Using the White Balance tool and controls
      2m 53s
    3. Precise color correcting with white balance cards
      2m 6s
    4. Making creative color adjustments
      3m 11s
    5. Enhancing color with Temperature and Tint
      2m 46s
  8. 27m 1s
    1. Deconstructing the basic adjustments
      4m 49s
    2. Correcting exposure
      4m 17s
    3. Automatically correcting exposure
      2m 55s
    4. Making exposure enhancements
      4m 34s
    5. Recovering highlight and shadow detail
      4m 23s
    6. Basic adjustments speed tip
      4m 44s
    7. Making changes with the interactive histogram (CC 2014.1) NEW
      1m 19s
  9. 17m 33s
    1. Demystifying Clarity
      3m 42s
    2. Increasing Clarity
      3m 32s
    3. Understanding Vibrance and Saturation
      3m 48s
    4. Improving color with Vibrance
      3m 11s
    5. Making creative color adjustments
      3m 20s
  10. 11m 50s
    1. Introducing the best way to convert to black and white
      3m 17s
    2. Creating a dramatic black-and-white landscape
      3m 6s
    3. Converting a portrait to black and white
      5m 27s
  11. 31m 47s
    1. Reducing unwanted noise
      7m 7s
    2. Sharpening your photographs
      6m 50s
    3. Sharpening and noise reduction workflow
      4m 38s
    4. Sharpening and reducing noise on a portrait
      4m 58s
    5. Basic and Detail panel workflow
      5m 6s
    6. Better noise reduction with Color Smoothing (CC 2014.1) NEW
      3m 8s

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