How to set a custom white balance manually
Posted On March 16, 2021
Different light sources emit colors in different temperature ranges. If you shoot a photo under natural light, the photo will look cooler and have more of a blue tone. If you shoot a photo under incandescent light, the photo will look warmer and show up more orange. And if you shoot a photo under fluorescent light, the photo will be given a green tint. Human brain is capable of adapting to different lighting conditions. If a white object is under a yellowish light, our eyes will still decode it as white. For the digital camera, the way to guess the right color temperature is using in-built white balance. White balance helps the camera to compensate for the color differences in different kinds of light. Generally speaking, the camera sets colors accurately for photos and makes colors appear more realistic. But when there are multiple light sources, the camera probably gets confused and makes the colors too warm or too cool. That's when you need to set a custom white balance manually. To handle this task, you can take advantage of photo editor software. Though there are a lot of software tools with white balance adjustment, it is very difficult to figure out how to adjust the white balance with most of them for photo editing beginners. If you are looking for a simple tool with this feature, please continue reading this article. In this article, I will introduce an easy-to-use photo effect filter to get the job done.
Photo Effect by Vetexshare
With a suggestive name, Photo Effects by Vertexshare is a piece of photo effect software, which comes packed with a variety of parameters and decorative objects.
After you launch the program, you will be welcomed by a sleek and clean window. This window is composed of three panels. A collection of predefined effects are in the left-side panel. When the photo is imported into the program, you will see the small preview thumbnails of these effects. The middle panel, taking up most of the window, is the preview area where you can preview the adjustments you make to the photo. You can compare the differences between the original photo and the changed photo, zoom and pan the photo, and discard all changes you make. A series of adjustment parameters are classified in different adjustment sections. These adjustment sections are located in the right-side panel. You can change the exposure compensation, exposure compression, lightness, saturation, and contrast. What's more, you can adjust the shadows/highlights, tone mapping, dynamic range, white balance, and image sharpening. Other adjustable parameters are channel mixer, soft light, vignette filter, local contrast, and vibrance. Furthermore, it is possible to reduce the noise level.
On the whole, Photo Effects is a beginner-friendly photo editor you can use to apply various effects to your photo in an instant. The intuitive layout and options make sure that it can be easily mastered by all types of users.
Let's dive into the part about how to set custom white balance with Photo Effects.
How to adjust the white balance with Photo Effects
- Throw your photo into the box "Drag and Drop Your Photo here". Or click on "File"->"Add Photo" to add your photo into the program. You can also click on the "Add" button to add the photo. If you import the wrong photo into the program, press the "Remove" button next to the "Add button" to remove the photo.
- Navigate to the right side panel and scroll down to the "WHITE BALANCE" section. Click on the "WHITE BALANCE" button to activate the function of adjusting parameters. The parameters in this section include temperature, tink, and blue/red equalizer.
This parameter is for changing the colors along the blue-yellow axis. Decreasing the value will make the photo more bluish. In other words, the lower the value is, the cooler the photo looks. Conversely, increasing the value will make the photo more yellowish. The higher the value is, the warmer the photo looks.
This parameter is for changing the colors along the magenta-green axis. Decreasing the value will make the photo more magenta. Increasing the value will make the photo greener.
This parameter is used to increase or decrease the ratio between red and blue. The higher the value is, the larger the ratio is and the more the proportion of red is. The lower the value is, the smaller the ratio is and the more the proportion of blue is.
- Drag the sliders to adjust the parameters to fit your needs. By clicking on and holding the "View" button, you can compare what the photo had looked like before you made changes with what it looks like after you made changes. If you want to readjust the parameters, click on the "Redo" button to discard the changes.
- Press the "Export Photo" button to export the photo to a desired location. Or click on "File"->"Save As" to save the photo in a destination folder.
An alternative to Photo Effects
Photoshop is a commonly-used image processing software program. If you are a novice at photo editing, perhaps you don't know you can use Photoshop to adjust the white balance.
How to adjust the white balance in Photoshop
- Drag and drop your photo into Photoshop.
- Click on "Filter" on the top menu bar. Select "Camera Raw Filter" in the drop-down menu and a new window opens.
- Go to the "White Balance" section in the right pane.
- Click on the "As shot" drop-down menu and you will see the option "Auto". Select "Auto" and the program will analyze the photo and set the white balance automatically. Click on "OK".
- You can also customize the white balance. Pull the sliders towards the right or left to adjust the temperature and tint. Click on "OK".
- Another way to adjust the white balance is neutralizing the colors. Click on "Image"->"Adjustments"->"Match Color". A dialog pops up. Check the "Neutralize" box to remove the color cast and produce a more neutral look. Click on "OK".
- When you are satisfied with the adjustments, click on "File"->"Save As" to save the adjustments.
White balance is an important factor to affect photographers' crafts. It determines how accurate the colors in your photo are. Sometimes you need to fix unwanted color casts so that the colors are rendered accurately. Photo Effects is a user-friendly tool that lets you adjust the white balance and ensures you get accurate colors. Give it a shot and you'll find how easy it is to apply the ideal adjustments to the photo with this app. Tell me what you think about this software by leaving a comment below.