If you are a photography lover, you are likely to know the conception of white balance. Sometimes when you take an image, you find that the color is not so ideal but with atrocious white balance, which may make you confused on how to adjust the photo to meet your needs. Proper white balance plays an important role in the quality and effect of a photo, which is not so easy to handle manually without the assistance of a professional third-party tool. Today we will use this tutorial to help you get rid of annoying white balance and gain the best photo results with correct white balance.
Part 1: What is White Balance in Photography?
Since most people have no clear idea of what is white balance in photography, here, this concept will be explained in brief before we head to the detailed methods to fix it with professional software
In fact, white balance is the factor that determines the accuracy of the colors of your pictures. That's why white balance in photography is so important. The way that our eyes see colors is quite distinct from the way or digital equipment decodes them. We human begins own smart brains that can adapt to various lighting conditions. For instance, if you enter a room with blue light, your eyes will still decode a cup of cold water as transparent and colorless. This is just the intelligence of our brains. However, our digital devices are not as smart as our brains, which only try to figure out the correct color temperature. Besides, the settings of your digital cameras and external lighting factors manage the white balance. All light has a color that has a temperature. Distinct colors of light can create different temperature hues in your pictures. The scale for color temperature is the Kelvin Scale. If the setting of white balance is wrong, it can ruin a photo, adding many unwanted color casts and causing skin tones to look very unnatural.
Before you take a picture, it is sensible for you to set your white balance in your digital devices correctly. However, if this is not what you are good at and you just take photos as you will with your cameras, there are also methods to make it up to save your bad images.
Part 2: How to Fix White Balance in Photoshop?
As for fixing white balance, you can resort to Photoshop for help. This tool has comprehensive and professional functions, which varies from photo editing and compositing to digital painting, animation and graphic design. Now let’s begin to see how to use Photoshop to get the work done perfectly. You can read the following steps to learn this method clearly.
△   Step 1: Set the White Point
a) In order to handle how to fix white balance in Photoshop, first you need to drag and drop your source image to the program after you run it on your computer. Then, you need to open the dialog box of “Curves” to call out the panel of “Eyedropper on Curves”. Hit on the pipette and you can set the White Point according to your demands.
b) After that, you need to hit and hold down the “Alt” button on your keyboard. At the same time, you need to shift the white adjustment slider at the bottom of the chart to the left to turn your image to black. During the process of moving the white adjustment slider to the left, parts of the photo turn bright, these are the brightest parts of the image you need to adjust. You need to click these parts in your image. You can expand the photo to make it simpler to handle with the feature of eyedropper.
△   Step 2: Set the Black Point and Gray Point
Press the black eyedropper to set the black point and press the grey eyedropper to determine which area is medium brightness, and hit to set the gray point in your image according to your needs. Thus, the white balance is fixed in Photoshop.
Part 3: How to Fix White Balance in Lightroom?
Lightroom is a kind of cloud-based service, which offers you almost all features you desire to use like creating, editing, organizing, storing and sharing your images across any device. You can edit your photos anywhere you prefer. This simple and great tool is practical for you to use to create your images that look just the way you desire to gain. The large cloud space allows you to access your photo library wherever you are. You should know that White balance is the color temperature of a picture. Read on and you will understand how to fix white balance in Lightroom when it is too cool or too warm.
- Run Lightroom on your computer and then hit on the button of “eyedropper”.
- Load your image into the program and navigate to your photo to find a neutral area (white, black or gray). For example, in the picture shown below, you just need to hit on the white background of the artwork on the wall to allow Lightroom to adjust the temperature of the image automatically to gain perfect effect.
Part 4: How to Fix White Balance in Leawo PhotoIns?
Apart from Photoshop and Lightroom, here another Lightroom alternative program is recommended for you to fix white balance in your images. Leawo PhotoIns adopts the AI technology, which enables you to set the software, to enhance pictures with just several simple clicks. Its interface is clean and easy-to-use. You can make use of it to finish almost all kinds of photo tasks quickly and intelligently. Leawo PhotoIns supports RAW, JPEG, TIFF, and PNG files that are at least 800x600px, which can handle photos in batch with high efficiency. The step-by-step instruction below will help you to learn how to use Leawo PhotoIns to fix white balance issues without any difficulty.
△   Step 1: Download Leawo PhotoIns
Choose the appropriate version, then download and install Leawo PhotoIns on your computer.
- Enhance portrait photos easily with advanced AI technology
- Fix photo exposure and white balance issues automatically
- Optimize photo colors and perfect photo tints
- Make photos perfectly clear with smart dehaze
- Boost photo lighting and color quality
- Process RAW and JPG files
△   Step 2: Add images to the program
Fire up Leawo PhotoIns on your computer. Then navigate to the button of “Add Photo” in the software to add source pictures from your computer folder into this AI photo enhancer. You can also drag and drop your source images into the tool directly.
△   Step 3: Enhance photos to fix the white balance
After you load your source images, you can hit on the "Settings" button to turn on the features of "Automatic Lens Correction", "Face enhance" and/or "Enlarge eyes" to enable the software to automatically enhance images in batch based on the features you have enabled for output.
You can also take advantage of the effect adjuster bar to modify the image AI enhancing degrees. Move the slider to the right to get a more obvious AI photo enhancing effect and drive the slider to the right end to gain maximize AI photo enhancement.
△   Step 4: Determine output settings
When the photo AI enhancing is over, you need to hit on the button of "Output" at the bottom of the screen to call out the panel of "Output settings". Here you can set multiple settings, including the output folder, the output format, output quality, file name, file size and etc.
- a) Go to click on the “Position” button under “Save to” to find a proper place to save your output photos.
- b) Make use of the “Format” feature to choose one output format from JPEG, PNG and TIFF.
- c) The “Quality” feature allows you to determine the output photo Compression from None, LZW and PackBits, and Depth from 8bits and 16bits if you set TIFF as output photo format. If your output format is JPEG, you are able to select output photo quality from High, Medium and Low.
- d) Name the file and make use of the "Resize" drop-down menu to gain three distinct options for output file size, respectively: Original, Compression and Dimensions.
△   Step 5: Output AI enhanced images
In the end, you need to click on the “Output” button to output AI enhanced pictures. The process can be seen clearly in the tool. Just wait for a while and you will gain the pictures with correct white balance.
Hit on the "Cancel" button whenever you desire to terminate the exporting procedure. After the exporting comes to an end, you can hit on the button of "Open the save folder" to go to the folder that contains all output AI enhanced images. After you get the perfect photos, you can transfer these pictures to your iPhone or other portable devices from your computer for viewing on the go.
Part 5: Conclusion
You can choose one tool recommended in this article to assist you. As a matter of fact, there is no correct value to white balance, and most photographers just select suitable colors that seem to pleasant to their eyes. Among all the three programs mentioned above, Leawo PhotoIns is the most easy-to-use one, which calls for no photography professional knowledge at all. You just need to finish the photo adjustment task with a few simple clicks. Have a try and you will know how powerful this software is.