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Color Balance

The Color Balance lets you selectively adjust the colors in the shadows, midtones, and highlights of an image. Working with colors in the shadows, midtones, and highlights separately allows endless variations for bringing a unique look, mood and feel to your image.

There are two options for adjusting color balance manually — color wheels (a Master wheel and 3-Way Color wheels) and sliders, available from the View menu.

You can adjust Color Balance manually, or automatically using the machine learning-powered ML adjustment.

Adjust color balance using color wheels

Inspired by professional color grading tools often found in video editing apps, the Color Wheels in Pixelmator Photo let you easily select and control the color balance in the highlights, shadows, and midtones of a photo.

  1. Tap and turn on Color Balance.

  2. If the Color Wheels don’t show up by default, tap the adjustment name and choose Color Wheels.

  • Tap Master to use the Master color wheel to add a color tint to the entire image. This can be a useful starting point if you want to make one color stand out more than others.

  • Tap 3-Way Color to add color tints to the shadows, midtones, and highlights individually. This is the best option for getting unique looks and lighting effects for your images.

To adjust the color balance:

  • Drag the central point in the middle of the wheel towards a color at the edges to add more of that color to the shadows, midtones, or highlights (when using the 3-Way Color wheels) or the entire image (when using the Master wheel).

  • Drag the brightness slider on the right to adjust the brightness of the colors in the shadows, midtones, or highlights (when using the 3-Way Color wheels) or the entire image (when using the Master wheel).

  • Drag the saturation slider on the left to adjust the saturation of the colors in the shadows, midtones, or highlights (when using the 3-Way Color wheels) or the entire image (when using the Master wheel).

    To reset all the controls of an individual color wheel, tap the Reset button next to it. To reset an individual point or slider, double-tap it.

Adjust color balance using sliders
  1. Tap and turn on Color Balance.

  2. If the Sliders don’t show up by default, tap the adjustment name and choose Sliders.

  3. Tap Shadows, Midtones, or Highlights to choose the tonal range you’d like to edit.

  4. Drag the Red/Cyan, Green/Magenta, Yellow/Blue sliders to add to one color (while subtracting from the other).

    To reset all the sliders, tap the Reset button at the top of the Color Balance adjustment. To reset an individual slider, double-tap it.

Automatically balance the colors in an image
  1. Tap in the toolbar at the top of the screen.

  2. Tap ML next to Color Balance.

    After doing this, you can additionally fine-tune the adjustment sliders.