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Photoshop Lightroom Adventure by Mikkel Aaland

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5.2. Adjusting White Balance

Under simple lighting conditions, most digital cameras do a remarkably good job of setting an accurate white balance and making colors appear as you expect them to. When the white balance is off, don't fret. Lightroom can help you get it right, especially if you shot RAW.

There are a few ways to adjust white balance in Lightroom's Develop module. Figure 5-9 You can do this via the Basic pane and these features:

Figure 5-9. Figure 5-9
  • Presets

  • White Balance selector tool

  • Temp and Tint adjustment sliders

The goal is to use one of these methods to produce a pleasing balance of colors, yielding white whites and neutral midtones. (Of course, correct white balance can be subjective as well. Some images warrant warmer tones, while other images warrant cooler ones.)

Generally, establishing a correct white balance should be done before adjusting other tonal distribution and color settings. That's why Adobe placed the white balance tools at the top of the right panel, where image adjustments are made. After you make all your other tonal adjustments, it's advisable to go back and fine-tune your white balance settings.

White Balance Presets

If you are working with a RAW file, clicking on the triangle next to As Shot in the Basic pane brings up the White Balance (WB) pop-up menu shown on the left in Figure 5-10. If you are working with a non-RAW file such as a TIFF ...

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