Step 1: Open your layout in Photoshop Elements (I use the ancient Photoshop Elements 5 but this probably works in most programs!) Open the "levels" window (CRTL-L). Locate the three droppers and click on the WHITE dropper (see first image):
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Step 2: Click on a white section on your project (or one section that should be white). This tool sets the white balance in your image. Sometimes the result can be overexposed and blown out. Simply click "reset" and try again. You may need to do it a couple times to get the correct exposure. (see second image):
|Way too bright! (click to see larger image)|
|True to life colours! (click to see larger)|
Step 3: Once your happy with your image click "OK". That's it! I find that 95% of the time this is all the lighting/colour correction my projects need. I used to spend so much time adjust colours and running actions but this is much simpler.
You might be thinking: "That's great but what if my project doesn't have any white in it?" That's a good question. I add just a little piece of white paper to the edge of my image. I can use it to set the white balance and crop it out after:
I hope you've enjoyed this little tutorial!