White Balance

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The Automatic White Balance in digital Cameras tries to make the camera more sensitive to the color temperature of specific light situations. However, you can also easily do this adjustment on the final image.


The White Balance tool of CodedColor searches for the lightest area in an image, and - according to this area - removes any color stains and underexposure in the whole image. Please note, that this automatic correction does not work very well for images taken in dawn or in backlight situations. A romantic sunset atmosphere, for instance, might turn out much to bright.


However, if you select parts of the image using the selection tools, all corrections apply to these selections only. Selections can also have a feather (fade area), reducing the effect of the correction close to the selection borders.


The width of the fade area can be changed in the Program Settings.




In the following example, the white balance was first applied to the whole image. This caused an unwanted overexposure of the sky. Since only the sailboat really has a disturbing color stain, we selected the bottom area in a second try with the selection tool, and then added a feather, in order to soften the border of the correction towards the sky.


This way we can accomplish an improvement superior to any lens filter or camera internal white balance.





Original image

White Balance

on whole image

White Balance

on lower part only


Remember: The selection tool of CodedColor allows you to reduce corrections and brush operations to selected areas.


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