December 16, 2009

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White Balance Post – Processing with GIMP

This tutorial is all about lifting colours and putting life back into those flat looking photographs. By adjusting the White Balance you can change the Kelvin of your photograph, this can create a warm or cool effect.

Before and After Post Processing!

Before and After Post Processing!

First open your image in GIMP!

Then, go Colors –> Color Balance:

Color Balance

Color Balance

Now, it may vary for different photographs!

However, move the sliders as shown below, this will reduce the amount of blue and green in the image, therefore allowing more red to give a ‘warmer’ look.

Warmer Tones

Warmer Tones

Then to saturate the sky a little:

Create a new layer: ‘Vignetting‘ with Soft Light Mode:

Use the Gradient Tool (FG Only gradient), with Black as the FG, stroke as shown on both side of the image:

For more on using Gradients to saturate the sky, please checkout my other tutorial: http://www.scottphotographics.com/using-gradients-for-photos/

Vignetting

Vignetting

That’s it, a very simply post-processing method to lift your photo from bland and flattened colours!

That's it

That's it

Written by Mike

Michael Scott is the publisher and photographer behind Scott Photographics! He is very passionate about his photography and enjoys sharing the best of his experiences for others to enjoy too! Contact Mike via email!
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