I am not sure about the meaning of the word "warmth" in the following sentence:

If you think that ML Enhance makes a sunset’s glow look too much like daylight, you can move the Temperature slider to the right to restore some warmth. (The sentence is not available online.)

Are the words "glow" and "warmth" synonyms here and do both of them simply mean "glowing effect" (sense 3 here) in this context?

Here is a brief description of the ML Enhance feature:

The machine learning-powered ML Enhance intelligently fine-tunes 37 individual color adjustments to give you the best starting point for making your own creative edits to a photo. Trained on over 20 million professional photos and integrated via Core ML 2, ML Enhance makes adjustments based on the actual contents of a photo, taking care of all the little details that go into a great photo, such as white balance, exposure, shadow, and highlight detail, and leaves the creative finishing touches to you.

Any suggestions or inputs?

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    input is singular. Warmth is warmth. It has no "other" meaning.
    – Lambie
    Commented Dec 6, 2019 at 22:33
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    @Lambie Wiktionary has four definitions of warmth (1. heat; 2. friendliness; 3. intensity; 4. red and yellow colours). Once you've found the meaning you want, it has three other meanings.
    – CJ Dennis
    Commented Dec 7, 2019 at 23:27
  • @CJDennis How funny, they all apply in this case.
    – Lambie
    Commented Dec 8, 2019 at 0:29
  • @Lambie I doubt the software can make the image hot to the touch, emotionally intense, or friendly. It could increase the reds and yellows of the image.
    – CJ Dennis
    Commented Dec 8, 2019 at 0:38
  • @CJDennis A warmer image is more friendly and more intense emotionally for a viewer. The OP should have tried it in his/her own language.
    – Lambie
    Commented Dec 8, 2019 at 0:54

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Warmth, in photography, image editing, or other graphic arts, describes the amount of red, yellow, and orange shades, as opposed to blues, greens and teals.

Look at the labels on this color wheel:

color wheel

This photography site provides good information, and helpful images: " Warm and Cold Light (White Balance)"

Have you ever seen the sun set? What colour was the light when it set, did you notice the wonderful reds, and yellows? How about a camp fire? That is warm light.

  • This is true in any pictorial domain. Painting and drawing, too.
    – Lambie
    Commented Dec 8, 2019 at 1:12
  • @Lambie, I agree, but I couldn't think of a good word to encompass all, or the relevant visual arts. If you've got a suggestion, I'd like to hear it (or go ahead and edit).
    – Juhasz
    Commented Dec 9, 2019 at 16:30
  • I am in no way objecting to your answer. I am merely saying that the word warmth with regard to color holds true to painting and drawing as well. There is no better word. :)
    – Lambie
    Commented Dec 9, 2019 at 18:42

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