Experiment with light and color in your sunset photos using the white balance controls in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

Sitting area with small table, chair, and pendant lights features artwork of rowboat on a lake at night with colorful sunset

What you'll need

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Click the + icon and then add the sample photo, or use your own.

Original rowboat image is mostly orange tones.

Set the White Balance to Auto in the Color panel and notice the immediate effect on the colors.

Setting the White Balance to Auto in the Color panel removes the harsh orange tones and shows a pale blue and yellow sky.

Adjust the Temp, Tint, and Saturation sliders to further alter the color in your sunset scene. It’s easy to oversaturate your colors, so be careful with the last slider.

Four rowboat images with adjusted Temp, Tint, and Saturation values appear monotone.

These are the adjustments we liked best for our boat with sunset.

Lowering the Temp and Tint, and slightly raising the Saturation creates a more natural looking sunset.

See the impact that applying a creative effect can have on your sunset photos.

Before: Rowboat at night with sunset has harsh orange light.  After: Adjusting color balance shows the rowboat at night with a more natural looking sunset.

Now you can explore your inner Monet and create variations of your own sunset scenes.


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