How do I adjust color balance to make one image look like another?

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by Chris, Nov 26, 2003.

  1. Chris

    Chris Guest

    I am trying to copy the lighting and color balance from one image to
    the next. Both photos were taken within a couple seconds of each
    other but the lighting (flash) and color balance are different.

    Is there a way to compare the color balance of a particular background
    item on the two images and then apply the difference to make one image
    look closer to the other?

    I'm using Photoshop 7
    Chris, Nov 26, 2003
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  2. Chris

    Guest Guest

    If you had Photoshop CS you could use Match Color to do it in a just a
    couple of seconds. With 7 you have to use the color and exposure tools to do
    which is going to be time consuming, that is depending how much of a
    difference there is.

    Guest, Nov 26, 2003
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  3. Try the free Metrix plugin from . In my own
    limited tests, it worked somewhat better than the new Match Color feature in
    PS CS. It's inclined to give posterization effects if the difference
    between the images is big, but it can work well for minor balance problems.
    8bit images only, though.

    John Houghton, Nov 27, 2003
  4. Chris

    Chris Guest

    Thank you very much for the suggestions.

    I tried the Metrix plugin and posterization effects begin to appear.
    My sense is that there is a lack of correlation between colors within
    the images. The color balance doesn't appear to be linear/correlated

    I also tried a method of balancing RGB channels separately - but I
    also get posterization. Scott Kelby's - the Photoshop book - has an
    example on how to do this in the panoramic stitching section. By the
    way, this is a great book for novices.

    I wonder whether the "Match Color" feature in Photoshop CS would yield
    different, or better, results.

    Chris, Nov 28, 2003
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