The use of Lightroom program for post-processing of images has become remarkably popular.

However, the majority of its users aren’t aware of the three different ways it can be used to correct white balance. If you are among this category of users, worry no more! This article gives a detailed explanation of these different ways.

White balance adjustment – is a technological feature which allows for the compensation of slight color differences during post-processing. It is also used to correct colors that are too warm or too cool which appeared due to the lighting of the shooting scene. White balance can be easily changed, with a more successful adjustments procedure if the photo is taken in RAW format. This format allows for changes to be made to correct the wrong balance and for artistic purposes. Although these various changes can be applied to the JPG, however, it isn’t as good as the RAW format because the correction errors are easily identified,  or it can be unsuccessful depending on the size of the JPG. Enough has already been said; let’s have a look at the various ways of white balance correction in Lightroom.

The first and easiest way to adjust the white balance is automatic correction. To do that In the Library module go to The Quick Develop panel. In case if you work with RAW file format you’ll see 9 different options. But with JPG format only two of them will be available.

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The second method is used to determine the most disreputable balance by eye in the Lightroom. It consists of two slides which allow for the proper adjustment of the white balance in the right panel. One is used to fix the temperature of photos, while the other is for tinting.

  • Temperature – the temperature of photos is changed by the slider. This is achieved by moving to the left to compensate for the warmth of an image, by making it more cooler and lifeless. Conversely, moving it to the right increases the warmth of a photo, thereby, adding pleasant tones.
  • Tint – the slider is also used to change the image color from purple to green and vice versa. The first step is to adjust the image temperature, after which it is tinted to neutralize the correction errors, which occur due to unnatural light sources such as fluorescent lamps.

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The third method will use an eyedropper. To painstakingly achieve this, use the eyedropper tool located at the white balance adjustment section in the right panel. Secondly, analyze the image to determine a gray area and click on it using an eyedropper. This enables your image to acquire natural colors. To ensure everything is OK, place an eyedropper on a gray color on your photo, the color balance indicators (R, G and B) located at the bottom of the window should be approximately equal. However, if your photo has no gray color, then look for a neutral color where the R, G, and B indicators are of similar values. This has been proven to be the best way to adjust the white balance on pictures in JPEG format.


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Hopefully, this article has helped you gain adequate knowledge of all the white balance adjustment methods in Lightroom.