Go Back   RetouchPRO > Technique > Photo Retouching
Register Blogs FAQ Site Nav Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Photo Retouching "Improving" photos, post-production, correction, etc.

Are Color Correction & White Balance the same?

Thread Tools
Old 10-30-2006, 12:45 PM
Photoshop_Tim Photoshop_Tim is offline
Junior Member
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 4
Smile Color Correction vs. White Balance?


First time poster here on RetouchPRO, however, I have been an avid "viewer" for some time now!

I have a question regarding color correction... I have noticed on a tutorial for color correction using levels, but now I am a little confused: Are color correction and white balance correction the same thing? The method layed out says that it does both, but I don't really understand the difference (if there is any). Don't get me wrong, the method works wonders, but I would like to know if these are things I should correct differently or separately (if they are in fact 2 different things).

Thank you to everyone,


Last edited by Photoshop_Tim; 10-30-2006 at 01:27 PM.
Reply With Quote top
Old 10-30-2006, 02:21 PM
MisterJP's Avatar
MisterJP MisterJP is offline
Junior Member
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Minneapolis
Posts: 29
Re: Are Color Correction & White Balance the same?

Welcome Tim!

Color correction is a blanket statement . . . it could mean removing a color cast, tweaking a color or changing a color completely. White balance is pretty straight forward . . . adjusting the balance until it is even so that whites, blacks and all the grays inbetween appear neutral.

So to answer your question, color correction CAN be white balance correction in some cases.

Typically, if you fix the white balance first, the other colors will fall more in line and you'll have less color correcting to do!
Reply With Quote top
Old 10-30-2006, 02:29 PM
Photoshop_Tim Photoshop_Tim is offline
Junior Member
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 4
Re: Are Color Correction & White Balance the same?

Thanks MisterJP for the response.

I think that's what I was after. I am mainly using the method to remove color casts in my shots, so as I understand it, this is likely the same thing as correcting for poor white balance settings?

Thanks again

Reply With Quote top

  RetouchPRO > Technique > Photo Retouching

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Tutorial 05: Converting a Color Image to Black and White grayscale BW DannyRaphael Photo-Art 101 17 05-22-2011 04:55 PM
Getting White Balance Right? jasosmith Photo Retouching 14 01-13-2007 07:03 AM
Auto White Balance Plugin for JPEGs is "almost" ready manta1900 Software 15 09-06-2006 06:07 AM
White Balance for JPEG's manta1900 Photo Retouching 21 07-25-2006 08:18 AM
white balance Nacoya Photo Restoration 6 09-20-2005 04:16 PM

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:30 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.
Copyright © 2016 Doug Nelson. All Rights Reserved