Portrait editing: Adjust White Balance in Lightroom
Would you like to adjust the colors in your photo so they look more natural? Do you want your photo to reflect the correct lighting condition under which it was taken? Read on to learn about white balance and how to adjust it in your photos using Lightroom.
What is White Balance?
White Balance is the process of removing an unwanted color shift from a photo. Color shifts can be caused by the reflection of light from a nearby object. For example, many photos taken using fluorescent lighting tend to have a greenish color cast.
Follow these steps to adjust the white balance of the following portrait:
❶ Open the portrait in Lightroom
Open the portrait in Lightroom.
If you do not have the portrait in Lightroom, select File> Add Photos to import your portrait from your computer or local storage.
❷ Specify a neutral area in the photo
Click icon at the upper-right corner to bring up the Edit panel.
Click the White Balance Selector tool in the Color panel to select it, or press the W key.
Move the White Balance Selector into an area of the photo that should be a neutral light gray.
When you find an appropriate area, click it.
As an alternative, you can choose a white balance preset option from the White Balance drop-down menu.
❸ Fine-tune White Balance using the Temp and Tint controls
Adjust the Temp and Tint sliders in the Color panel .
Temp: Move the slider to the left to make the photo appear cooler, and right to warm the photo colors.
Tint: Move the slider to the left (negative values) to add green to the photo; move it to the right (positive values) to add magenta.