How to Use The Harmonization Neural Filter in Adobe Photoshop

Creating composites is one of the many strengths of a program like Adobe Photoshop. Adobe’s neural filter program has constantly seemed to refine the time consuming portions of an edit down to a calculated adjustment in a single click. Harmonization, the newest neural filter in the lineup found in version 23.0 is no exception. Looking to seamlessly blend the colors and luminosity values of a reference image with another image in a few clicks to create a near flawless composite.

How to Use the Harmonization Neural Filter

Creating a flawless composite is just six easy steps with the Harmonization neural filter. In this instance a foreground subject will be color matched to a background image.

Step One: Open Photoshop and Make Selection

Open a Photoshop document with both the background and foreground subject. Select and mask out the foreground subject to composite and place in the area desired.

Step Two: Open Neural Filters

With the foreground subject still selected, go up to the top and select Filter > Neural Filters.

Step Three: Select Harmonization

The Neural Filters panel will load on the right side of Photoshop. Go ahead and select Harmonization from the Beta Filters list. This may require a download to be able to use, simply select the cloud icon to get the download started.

Step Four: Select Reference Layer

Select the background reference layer in which the lighting and color need to match.

Step Five: Adjust Settings

Adjust everything from the strength of the filter, to the overall color balance, brightness, and saturation to get the best combination.

Step Six: Select Output Method

Select the correct output method desired and then click OK.



Slider which dictates the percentage that the filter’s coloring and luminosity changes are applied to the selected image. In the example the slider is set to 75% and while it looks better it is missing parts of the purple coloring along with the darker blacks that are present at 100%


A color correction slider designed to balance the red/cyan channels. Example shows sliders all the way to the left.


Another color correction slider designed to balance the magenta and green channels. Example shows sliders all the way to the left.


The final color correction slider designed to balance the yellow and blue channels. Example shows sliders all the way to the left.


Another slider option is for saturation, and allows designers to either saturate or desaturate the colors to achieve a more cohesive mix. In the example the slider is set to +10 to just give a little more saturation to the selected image for demonstration purposes.


Lastly, the brightness slider allows designers and editors to adjust the overall brightness of the selected image. The example shown is at -17 to show how the darkening of the subject works.


The Harmonization Neural Filter is a remarkable filter and personally I think the most useful of the latest batch of beta filters. Cutting down on compositing time, which for many is the most time consuming portion of any edit, is always welcome. The edits also don’t seem to affect the resolution unlike that of the landscape mixer. Check out our other articles on the 23.0 update of Adobe Photoshop: Color Transfer and Landscape Mixer Neural Filters, as well as Sharing Documents for Comment, Redesigned Subject Select, Object Selection Tool, and Working with Illustrator Documents in Photoshop.

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