User Controlled Auto White Balance in Aperture

by Derrick Story

The eyedropper tool in the White Balance panel of the HUD is a handy way to automatically adjust an image's color balance. Find a neutral area in the image, click on it, and you'll receive Aperture's recommendation for adjusted color correction.

But there's an additional trick you might not know about. When you use the eyedropper, keep your finger on the mouse button and slowly move the pointer from one area to another. Aperture will update its white balance recommendation in real time. Once you discover the look you want, let go of the mouse button, and the correction is applied.

You can always undo the adjustment by clicking the arrow icon in the White Balance pane of the HUD. If you find something you really like, the use the lift and stamp tool to apply to the rest of the images in the stack.


2007-03-16 18:05:10
Wow - I never knew that - Super cool!
2007-03-16 21:23:47
I did not know that.

That's an awesome feature! I must now go try it out.

2007-03-16 21:25:07
Great tip; I never even thought to give that a try.
2007-03-17 06:06:09
This is another great tip!
2007-03-17 09:41:50
Thank you very much!
John H
2007-03-18 07:32:43
Does the color value sample size have an effect on the resulting eye dropper sampling area? I shoot a WhiBal card for every session and I set the sample area to 5x5 or 7x7 so that white balance in Aperture averages the pixels over a larger area on the grey area of the Whibal Card. By setting the sample size larger I am hoping that I will get a better average grey rather than that of one pixel only. Am I correct in doing this and getting the result that I want?