Smarter Eyedroppers

The Eyedropper This one get’s lots of ooos and aaahhhs whenever I show it. In the Develop module under the Basic panel you can click the Eyedropper to select a neutral color in your photo. Well, you’re probably used to clicking and setting the neutral point only to find the result isn’t what you were hoping for. In Lightroom however, you don’t even have to go that far. Just select the eyedropper and move it over areas of your photo. Then look over to the left side of the screen in the Navigator panel and you’ll see the preview of your photo changing as you move the eyedropper. You gotta admit – that is pretty sweet.

Author: Matt Kloskowski

Matt is the full-time Director of Education for Kelby Media Group and a Tampa-based photographer. He's the Editor-in-Chief of Lightroom Magazine, the lead instructor on the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom LIVE Seminar Tour and author of several best-selling Photoshop books. Matt also hosts the world's top Lightroom blog,, where he's built up a massive library of Lightroom videos, presets and tips. In addition to teaching Photoshop, Lightroom and photography seminars around the world, he's an instructor at Photoshop World and one of the full-time staff writers for Photoshop User Magazine.

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