How to Edit Raw Files, 1-3: Adjust White Balance
White balance (ie getting the right colour cast) is one of the key adjustments that you need to get right early on, because it has an impact on the exposure and even the amount of noise visible in your image. There are three ways to adjust the white balance in ACR…
1 White balance presets
These presets are similar to those available on your camera, and include daylight, shade and fluorescent. Simply choose the setting that matches the lighting conditions in which you took the picture. This is a good solution for images taken in predictable lighting conditions.
2 Temperature slider
For greater control, try the Temperature slider. Dragging this to the right will make your image look warmer, while dragging it to the left will make it cooler. You’ll need to adjust this by eye.
Learn more about colour temperature and how it works.
3 White Balance tool
Handy if there’s part of your image you can use to pick the correct colour. Use the tool to click on an area of your image that should be grey, and Adobe Camera Raw will automatically fix the white balance. This can work on detailed white areas, too.
Stop Wasting Pictures! 10 tips for bagging a keeper every time
Digital camera effects from A-Z
20 tips for faster photo editing
101 Photoshop tips you have to know
How to blend two photos for the perfect exposure
49 awesome photography tips and time savers
Download free photography cheat sheets