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.

White Balance
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.

Set White Balance

  1. Go to the Color tool tab.
  2. In White Balance tool choose the Grey tab.
  3. Use the picker to set the White Balance.
  4. Set White Balance from a grey card or a color neutral area.
  5. Use local Adjustments Clipboard to copy and apply this setting to other images.

Set Skin Tone White Balance Pro

  1. Go to the Color tool tab.
  2. Choose the Skin Tone tab in the White Balance tool.
  3. Choose from the Built-in Skin Tones in the drop down menu.
  4. Alternatively, use the Skin tone picker to define the skin tone color.
  5. Use local Adjustments Clipboard to copy and apply this setting to other images.

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. Checkmark 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 White Balance Automatically

  1. Go to the Color tool tab.
  2. Select the images that you want to adjust.
  3. Press Auto Adjust on the top of the White Balance tool.

To Set White Balance ‘as shot in camera’

  1. Go to the Color tool tab.
  2. Select the images that you want to adjust.
  3. From the Mode drop down menu select Shot.

Learn More

For most images, with correct exposure and white balance, few edits will be required. For images requiring optimization, the best workflow is as follows:

  • Set the correct white balance and fine tune if necessary.
  • Color correct or enhance.
  • Fine tune exposure using exposure, brightness and/or contrast sliders.