Lightroom: More Advanced White Balance with Auto Adjustments for Skin Tones

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Apple Aperture provides more advanced white balance settings. It is possible for example to set the white balance based on a skin tone in the image. This works perfect in many cases and saves a lot of time adjusting images with faces in bad light situations, or at least provides a good base to work with.

There is also an alternate way to look at the adjustments. One is called "Natural Gray":


It uses a neutral gray as base and just let you adjust the white balance relative to this color. This is really useful, because is saves a lot of time,

The other way uses a skin tone as base color:


This is working well in many cases and I often use this auto adjustment as a good base value for further adjustments.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Please help color blind people with a skin tone option for the WB dropper.

I am color blind and an Aperture user because Aperture offers a skin tone option on the WB dropper - this allows me to fix color balance for non natural light conditions and scans of old color altered negatives and slides.  When there is a person in a picture I can automatically adjust (generally satisfactorily) color balance with the Aperture dropper tool.  I am trying to move to LR (overdue) but cannot really live without this functionality.

I cannot use the neutral grey option with the WB dropper because, for example, I cannot distinguish between pink and grey... I don't think that I am the only one.

When I try to explain this problem to people - usually non color blind people, including LR support people, they have a hard time understanding this issue and try to explain that I can adjust skin tones all sort of ways - I am not trying to adjust skin tones, I am trying to automatically adjust the photos overall WB with skin tones present in the picture.

It would REALLY be nice if not essential to add a skin tone option for the WB dropper.

It appears that this issue has been raised a few times, years ago with no response.
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Alex Saville

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There's a plugin for photoshop by Pictocolor called iCorrect Portrait. It appears to work by looking at a colour from light to dark (you can alter it), much like white balance (I think) - unfortunately you have to load photoshop from Lightroom first... please Adobe, it surely can't be that difficult to build this sort of functionality in?
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I've had a bit more success since I started getting to grips with Pictocolor's Edit Lab Pro App. I found that by using Lightroom to get somewhere in the rough ball park, I was able to use its eye dropper to adjust hues semi automatically. Which makes me think that if Lightroom had a 'skin' dropper, and also a 'sky' and 'foliage' droppers to adjust the HSL settings, that would be really cool, as we wouldn't have to go outside Lightroom - i.e. Keep it in RAW and non destructive. I know you can adjust HSL manually, or with presets, but the presets are based on an amount to adjust by, as opposed to what you want to adjust it to.

Ultimately, I see that more of a long term goal for Lightroom - to have presets to make the photo look how I want it to, rather than presets to change the settings on the basis that they looked good for the IDEAL photo.
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One of the main problems of the current situation with white balance is the lack of feedback. If you have a grey card in the shot and can use it for an initial white balance. But for event photography you have to rely on manual white balance.

Here Lightroom has a very serious problem. One would like to see the RGB values (or LAB) of a spot in the picture while adjusting the white balance. In the current version, you have to select the pipette tool, hover over a spot, move the mouse back to the slider, adjust the values, move back to the spot... etc. You are never able to measure the same spot again, or have to use keyboard shortcuts.

I would like to be able to place a measure point on some important areas of the shot, then I can work with the sliders and masks until I get the values I expect.
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I was an Aperture user and the white balanced tuning capabilities were very useful. Hopefully we can have something similar on LR classic CC next release