Got White? Try This Color Balance Trick

Posted on by Steve

Wanna see a cool way to set the color balance of your photo? Well, I have a trick you can try – all you need is something white in your photo. This video will show you how just minute or two in Photoshop can fix an unwanted color cast – just by cleaning up your whites. Check it out and see if you like it!

So, here’s the video:


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24 Responses to Got White? Try This Color Balance Trick

  1. Jack says:

    Will this work in Elements as well?

    • Steve says:

      Not sure – I only use Photoshop, but I’ll probably be getting a copy of elements down the road to see what works and what doesn’t.


  2. ronald says:

    Hello Steve,

    great video and great lecture, complicated themes easy explained.

    Thank you!

  3. Grant says:

    Hi Steve, this seems like a cool tip but for whatever reason when I double click the white eye dropper in the curves dialogue box the colour picker box doesn’t come up. Any Idea as to why its not? I’m running CS6.
    Thanks Steve, Love your work.

    • Steve says:

      Hi Grant –

      Sorry, not sure on that one. I just tired it in CS6 and it worked each time.

    • Grant says:

      Hi Steve, I just wanted to let you know that I went back and tried your colour balance trick once again. This time I got it to work, the colour picker box came up after double clicking the eye dropper, so I’m not sure what I was doing wrong. I used it on snow with detail and it worked nicely.

  4. akmel says:

    Photoshop ?

  5. Lynn Letteris says:

    Video missing, just the beginning and ending text visible…no sound either.

  6. Yvon Lacaille says:

    I tried it and it works very well. Thank you.

  7. Shane McCallum says:

    Thank you very much Steve, always up for learning something new, you make it very easy to understand

  8. Stephen Tabone says:

    A friend referred me to your website, and I have been enjoying browsing around and seeing your images. I found this tip and watched your video. The video was very well done, and I will be trying your technique this evening. Thank you!


  9. nishanth says:

    Hello Steve,
    Liked the video. Really appreciate you sharing your experience with the rest of us!
    Wondering if this trick can be done in Lightroom. Any pointers?

    • Steve says:

      Sort of – you can use the eye dropper tool to click an area of white and it (usually) works OK. It’s just not as fine tuned as what you can do in Photoshop.

  10. John Wormald says:

    Hi Steve, thanks for all these great tips. Is there any way this technique can easily be replicated across a whole series of images all taken at the same time without having go through this entire workflow for each image??? A bit like the sync settings thing in Lightroom!!!

    • Steve says:

      Hi John –

      Actually, the eye dropper tool in current versions of LR works pretty much just like the video if you click it on an area of white. Once you get an initial image balanced, just jump back into Library mode, click the image you just adjusted, and then hold shift down and select everything else. Now, hit the sync button and all the selected images will have the same WB set.

  11. roni says:

    awesome info!!! thanks so much.

  12. Christopher Jones says:

    I have just watched this video on colour balance, WOW what a difference to my snowdrop photo’s, truly amazing. Many thanks for the tip.


  13. Paul says:

    Wow……brilliant…. thanks

  14. Bethany says:

    I love tips like this — this one is totally wonderful!!

  15. Pete says:

    Love your tips on camera and Photo Shop. I have one question about neither one.
    You say to hit the “Like” button if I like your video. There is no like button on my screen. I’m guessing you mean the thumbs up/down icon.
    Other than that I use Photoshop CS3 and I’m going over most of my stored shots with this tip

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