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Learn how to adjust white balance in Camera Raw 4.0.
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Now we are going to talk about how to adjust your White Balance inside a Camera Raw. I am going to go ahead and come back up here and double-click this Vertical bar to show my film strip, and I am going to select TimeSquare.CR2. I am going to open this image, you automatically can see some major problems, it's obviously too dark, and it's way too cool, and by cool I mean that the temperature of this particular photograph leans more towards the blue side of the spectrum. If it had a warm problem, you would notice that it would shift more towards the orange side. So by just nature of the photograph when I took this shoot, it was a very cloudy day, and I got a very cool tone. So what I want to do, is adjust the White Balance of this image, so that we can kind of bring that up, and may be introduce some more warmer tones into the image.
Now when you come over here into the basic Tools of Camera Raw, you will notice that you automatically have this little White Balance drop down Menu, and in this Menu you have several Presets that you can choose from to help sort of jump start your White Balance correction. So you can go in here, and say pic Cloud,y because this was shot on Cloudy day, and you will notice automatically Camera Raw adjust the warmth of the image, and it actually does a pretty good job of improving it overall.
Now once you have got your jumping off point set here, it's probably a good idea to go in and manually warm this up or cool it down, depending on which side of the spectrum you feel you need to go to. In this particular image I feel like it warmed it up just may be a little bit too much, because it is a cloudy day, and when you have Cloudy days you want your image to be a little bit more cool. So in order to do that what I am going to start doing now, is adjusting this Temperature slider right here underneath the White Balance drop down Menu. I am just going to start taking that down, just a little bit like so. And essentially what you are doing here, is you are adjusting the image to kind of cool it down. You will notice here in the slider, you actually get a Preview of what area of the spectrum you are moving towards. So if I am dragging this slider to the left, you will notice that I am moving it more towards the cooler side of things. Now if I drag it all the way to the left, you will notice that my image goes completely blue, this is obviously a big mistake and we don't want to do that. And conversely if you go over to the right hand side, you will see that you completely warm it up, and it gets kind of a yellowish tint, and I could actually be a really interesting special effect, but it's not exactly what we want to do this particular image. So let's go back down here to about 6500, whereas the what the Cloudy setting gave us originally, and we will just drag it down just a little bit to cool it off may be a little bit more, because I am still a little bit to warm right in here around this screen. So I am going to go ahead and cool that down, may be even to about 6000. Once I do that I am getting a pretty good idea of where my White Balance should be.
Now when you are working with White Balance, there's also a little tool that they have filled into Adobe's Camera Raw, and if you have an accurate point, that you can actually select in the image to select a neutral point, it's actually a great Tool to help you select neutral points in your image, and also a great way to help jump start your White Balance correction. To access this Tool, just come up here in the Tool bar, and you are going to select the White Balance Tool. When you get to that Tool, bring in into the image, and what you are going to try to do, is find and area in your image that should be a neutral point. Now if you have clicked in an area that is not supposed to be neutral, you are going to get some really crazy things happening, and your White Balance is going to be totally thrown out. So if I show here, if I click on this orange screen and say, that's supposed to be neutral, oops! we have got a huge blue color cast here in this image, and you notice my temperature slider went all the way to the left, that's not what we want, like I said we want to go ahead and we want to select a neutral point in the image. So you can see how this particular Tool can be good, and it can be bad. I am going to go back and select my Cloudy Preference, and I am going to move it down to 6000 again, just like that. And now what I can do, is actually show you how to select neutral points in your image. What I am going to do now, is zoom in two times, and I did that by holding the Ctrl key on PC and hitting the plus (+) key or the Command key on Mac, and hitting the plus (+) key, and what I am going to do, is just search in here for an area that I think should be neutral. For instance, I think the side of this little building right here should be a neural Gray point. So I am going to go ahead and click that, and automatically you saw a little bit of a color shift, which means that I needed to actually cool down this image a little bit more.
So it's a great way to help fined tune that White Balance that you started off with before. Also you can come over here to the Tint slider which is located on the right hand side, and what this will allow you to do, is cut either the green or magenta values. Once you get your White Balance corrected, usually you can find that your image might have a little bit too much green, or a little bit too much magenta in the image. So what you want to do now, is cut that down by using the slider, and what I am going to do now to cut a little bit of the greens, because in my opinion there's a little bit too much green in this particular image. I am going to actually move the slider more towards the magenta side, so I am going to just click and drag to push it over a little bit, and what that's doing, is cutting my green values, and increasing my magentas. If I zoom out by using Command+-(minus) on Mac, Ctrl+- (minus) on PC, you will notice that we are starting to get a little bit better of a White Balanced image.
Now in this next lesson we are going to be taking a look at how to actually adjust our Exposure, and how to make this image look the best it can be.