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Adjust the White Balance in Camera Raw Photos in Photoshop Elements- Instructions: A picture of a user using the “White Balance Tool” in the “Camera Raw” dialog box of Photoshop Elements to adjust the white balance in a camera raw image.

Adjust the White Balance in Camera Raw: Overview

            You can easily adjust the white balance in camera raw photos in Photoshop Elements. When you take a camera raw photo, its white balance is recorded by the camera as metadata. This metadata is read by Photoshop Elements when you open the camera raw image. This often results in the correct color temperature for the image. However, you can adjust the white balance in camera raw for images that display a color cast due to an imbalance in the white balance. There are three ways to adjust the white balance in camera raw images.

            The easiest way to automatically adjust the white balance in camera raw photos in Photoshop Elements is to use the “White Balance Tool” in the Tools bar at the top of the “Camera Raw” dialog box. To use this tool, click the “White Balance Tool” button to change your mouse pointer into the “White Balance Tool.” Then find a neutral gray area in the image. If a neutral gray area is not available, you can also find a white area. However, make sure the white area is not specular white. This means you should select a white object, versus a source of white from light, or a reflection of light, in the image. After finding the gray or white area, click it with your mouse pointer. This automatically corrects the white balance in the image.

Adjust the White Balance in Camera Raw Photos in Photoshop Elements- Instructions: A picture of a user using the “White Balance Tool” in the “Camera Raw” dialog box of Photoshop Elements to adjust the white balance in a camera raw image.

Adjust the White Balance in Camera Raw Photos in Photoshop Elements- Instructions: A picture of a user using the “White Balance Tool” in the “Camera Raw” dialog box of Photoshop Elements to adjust the white balance in a camera raw image.

            You can also adjust the white balance in camera raw photos in Photoshop Elements by clicking the “Basic” tab in the settings panel at the right side of the “Camera Raw” dialog box. Then use the “White Balance” drop-down to select a preset white balance level. The default setting, which is “As Shot,” displays the white levels using the metadata from the camera raw image. This is most often the same setting that appears when you select the “Auto” preset, too.

            If the available presets do not correctly adjust the white balance, you can manually adjust the white balance in camera raw photos in Photoshop Elements by using the “Temperature” and “Tint” sliders on the “Basic” tab to adjust the temperature and tint of the image. You can also enter desired temperature and tint values into the value fields next to each slider, if preferred. The “Temperature” slider uses the Kelvin color temperature scale. Slide the “Temperature” slider to the left to add more blue to an image with too much yellow. Conversely, slide the same slider to the right to add more yellow to an image with a blue color cast. This corrects the color temperature of the light used when you took the photo.

            The “Tint” slider adjusts the white balance to correct magenta or green color casts in an image. You can move the slider to the left, using negative values, to add more green to the image. Conversely, sliding the same slider to the right, using positive values, adds more magenta to the image.

Adjust the White Balance in Camera Raw: Instructions

  1. To use the “White Balance Tool” in the Tools bar at the top of the “Camera Raw” dialog box to adjust the white balance in camera raw photos in Photoshop Elements, click the “White Balance Tool” button to change your mouse pointer into the “White Balance Tool.”
  2. Then find a neutral gray area in the image. If a neutral gray area is not available, you can also find a white area. However, make sure the white area is not specular white.
  3. After finding the gray or white area, click it with your mouse pointer. This automatically correct the white balance in the image.
  4. To adjust the white balance in camera raw photos in Photoshop Elements using the “Basic” tab, click the “Basic” tab in the settings panel at the right side of the “Camera Raw” dialog box.
  5. Use the “White Balance” drop-down to select a preset white balance level. The default setting, “As Shot,” displays the white levels using the metadata in the camera raw image. This is most often the same setting that appears when you select the “Auto” preset, too.
  6. To manually adjust the white balance in camera raw photos in Photoshop Elements, use the “Temperature” and “Tint” sliders on the “Basic” tab to adjust the temperature and tint of the image.
  7. You can also enter desired temperature and tint values into the value fields next to each slider, if preferred.
  8. Slide the “Temperature” slider to the left to add more blue to an image.
  9. Conversely, slide the same slider to the right to add more yellow.
  10. Slide the “Tint” slider to the left to add more green to the image.
  11. Conversely, slide the same slider to the right to add more magenta.

Adjust the White Balance in Camera Raw: Video Lesson

            The following video lesson, titled “Adjusting White Levels,” shows how to adjust the white balance in camera raw photos in Photoshop Elements. This video lesson on how to adjust the white balance in camera raw photos in Photoshop Elements is from our complete Photoshop Elements tutorial, titled “Mastering Photoshop Elements Made Easy v.2019.”

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