The White Balance Selector in Adobe Lightroom Classic (also known as the Eyedropper tool) is an essential feature for correcting color casts caused by different light sources in your photos. To use this tool effectively, it's important to select an area in your photo that is neutral in color, such as gray or white, without any color cast.
Here are some helpful tips for selecting the right area for white balance correction:
- Choose a neutral area: Look for a gray or white area in the photo that should not have any color cast. For example, a gray card, a white wall, or a white piece of clothing. You can also choose from some color numbers like 128, 128, 128 (RGB) for neutral gray, or 255, 255, 255 (RGB) for pure white.
- Avoid overexposed or underexposed areas: Make sure the selected area is not too bright or too dark, as it may not accurately represent the color temperature of the light source.
- Use a known reference point: If you have a color reference card, such as a ColorChecker, use the neutral gray patches on the card to set the correct white balance.
- Zoom in for better accuracy: Zoom in on the selected area to ensure you're only selecting the pixels you want, and not accidentally including any surrounding colors.
Once you have selected an appropriate neutral area, click on it with the White Balance Selector, and Lightroom Classic will automatically adjust the white balance settings to neutralize any color casts in the image. If the result isn't perfect, you can fine-tune the white balance manually using the Temperature and Tint sliders.