White Balance

White balance / Color balance / Black and White / Skin tone

Use the Capture One White Balance tool to establish perfect natural colors and neutral grays.

Introduction

The White Balance tool is located within the Color Tool Tab. The tool features two tabs. The Grey tab enables users to adjust the Mode, Kelvin value and Tint. The Skin Tone tab offers an array of options to help attain precise results when shooting portraiture.

The White Balance tool is located within the Color Tool Tab

Mode, Kelvin and Tint

The Mode drop down menu provides a list of different White Balance presets. (E.g. Daylight, Tungsten, and Fluorescent). The menu has a Camera Custom as well as an As Shot choice, which refers to the White Balance used by a camera when the image is shot. Advanced users may prefer to create their own White Balance settings or choose alternative options.

The Kelvin slider changes the color temperature of an image within the range 800 to 14000 degrees Kelvin. Move the slider to the right to achieve a warmer (yellow) hue and to the left for a cooler (blue) appearance.

Adjust the Tint slider to fine-tune the green/magenta balance. The scale on the slider represents the actual Kelvin value, which is subject to slight variations from camera to camera.

The Mode drop down menu provides a list of different White Balance presets. (E.g. Daylight, Tungsten, and Fluorescent

Set a custom white balance

  1. Go to the Color Tool Tab.
  2. In White Balance tool choose the Grey tab.
  3. Use the picker (see circled) to set the White Balance.
  4. Set White Balance from a grey card or a color neutral area.
  5. Copy and apply this setting to other images.

Find out more about setting the white balance when shooting tethered.

Set a custom white balance

Set skin tone white balance

  1. Go to the Color Tool Tab.
  2. Choose the Skin Tone tab in the White Balance tool.
  3. Choose the appropriate option in the Skin tone in the drop down menu.
  4. Alternatively, use the Skin tone picker to define the skin tone color.
  5. Copy and apply this setting to other images.

Set skin tone white balance

Set user defined skin tone

  1. Go to the Color Tool Tab.
  2. Ensure that White Balance and Color Balance are set accurately.
  3. Choose the Skin Tone tab in the White Balance tool.
  4. Check mark the Pick to create new option.
  5. Use the Skin tone picker to define the new skin tone color.
  6. Name the newly defined Skin Tone.
  7. The new skin tone will be stored in the Skin Tones application folder and can be copied to other workstations from this location.
  8. The user defined Skin Tone can now be selected or deleted from the Skin tone drop down menu.

Set user defined skin tone

Set white balance automatically

  1. Go to the Color Tool Tab.
  2. Select the image(s) that you want to adjust from the Browser
  3. Press Auto Adjust (A) on the top of the White Balance tool.

Set white balance automatically

Set white balance 'as shot in camera'

  1. Go to the Color Tool Tab.
  2. Select the image(s) that you want to adjust from the Browser
  3. From the Mode drop down menu select Shot.

Set white balance 'as shot in camera'