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White balance an image

Sometimes, after shooting a particular scene, you may want to make the entire image warmer (more yellow) or cooler (bluer). Or you might notice that an image looks too warm, too cool, or has a green or magenta tint that you’d like to remove. The White Balance adjustment lets you do just that — you can adjust the white balance manually, or automatically using the machine learning-powered ML adjustment. ML uses computer vision to recognize objects in the image (for example, people, trees, or a sky), and white balances it to remove any unnatural color tints.

Manually adjust color temperature and tint
  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Color Adjustments > White Balance (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • In the Tools sidebar, click and choose White Balance from the Add menu.
  2. Drag the Temperature slider to the left to make the image cooler, or to the right to make it warmer. Hold down the Option ⌥ key before dragging if you’d like to extend the range of the Temperature slider beyond 100%. You can also enter a percentage value from –200% to 200%.
  3. Drag the Tint slider to the left to add a green tint (or neutralize a magenta tint) or drag the slider to the right to add a magenta tint (or neutralize a green tint). Hold down the Option ⌥ key before dragging if you’d like to extend the range of the Tint slider beyond 100%. You can also enter a percentage value from –200% to 200%.

Show Original: Click the Show Original button or press the O key on your keyboard to see what the image looks like without any color adjustments.

To reset your changes, click the White Balance pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset.

Automatically correct the white balance

The machine learning-powered ML adjustment improves the white balance of your image automatically.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Color Adjustments > White Balance (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • In the Tools sidebar, click and choose White Balance from the Add menu.
  2. Click ML in the Tool Options pane next to the White Balance adjustment.

Show Original: Click the Show Original button or press the O key on your keyboard to see what the image looks like without any color adjustments.

To reset your changes, click the White Balance pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset.

White balance an image by choosing a neutral gray area
  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Color Adjustments > White Balance (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • In the Tools sidebar, click and choose White Balance from the Add menu.
  2. Click the White Balance eyedropper and then click an area in your image that should be a neutral grey.

After doing this, you can manually fine-tune the automatic adjustments applied to your image by dragging the Temperature and Tint sliders.

Show Original: Click the Show Original button or press the O key on your keyboard to see what the image looks like without any color adjustments.

To reset your changes, click the White Balance pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset.

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