Using the White Balance Eyedropper? Here’s How to See a Live Preview

Here’s one from “The Vault” — it a handy quick tip for beginner’s (but again, this one might have slipped past even a few more advanced users because it’s not really obvious), but it’s how to get a live preview of your white balance when using the White Balance eyedropper. Here’s how to get it:

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When you’re using the White Balance Selector tool (the eyedropper found in the top left corner of the Basic panel), if you leave the Left Side panels open and in particular the Navigator panel open, as you move the eyedropper cursor over different parts of your image, it shows you a preview in that Navigator window of what your White Balance would look like if you clicked at that particular spot.

Now, I know what you’re thinking…if Adobe has the technology to show you an on-screen preview of your white balance before you choose it…why don’t they just do that in the main window itself, instead of making us keep an entire side panel open, and use a very small preview? That’s what you’re thinking, right? Me, too! (insert long pause here).

Anyway, there ya have it – a quickie for beginners.

Next week I’m doing a Webcast on how to build an Adobe Spark Page of your Vacation Photos
Grab 20 or 25 images and join me next Tuesday for this “KelbyOne Members-Only Webcast” and follow along with me — it’s going to be a lot of fun, and when we’re done, you’ll have an awesome Spark Photography Story-telling page up and running for free!

Who: You and Me (don’t forget to gather 20 or 25 of your travel photos first, in JPEG format)
What: We’re building a Spark Page Photo Storytelling Post
Where: This link
When: 12:00 Noon EDT, next Tuesday, July 17th, 2018
Why: Because I get so many people asking me how I make them, that I wanted to share how easy they are to make. Plus, I super-dig KelbyOne members.

Hope I’ll see you there (I’ll be taking your questions live as we work on the project together).

Best,

-Scott

Author: Scott Kelby

Scott is the President of KelbyOne, an online educational community for photographers, Photoshop and Lightroom users. He's editor and publisher of Photoshop User Magazine, Editor of "Lightroom magazine"; Conference Technical Chair for the Photoshop World Conference & Expo, and the author of a string of bestselling Photoshop, Lightroom, and photography books. You can learn more about Scott at http://scottkelby.com

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  1. If the eyedropper is sampling a pixel in the main window, and the main window changes to preview the change, wouldn’t the eyedropper then be sampling the preview pixel? 😉

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