Join Joseph "PhotoJoseph" Linaschke for an in-depth discussion in this video White balance: Brush, part of Aperture 3.3/3.4 New Features Overview.
The Aperture 3.3 and above White Balance tool includes Natural Gray, Skin Tone, and Temperature Intent adjustments. Both Natural gray and Skin Tone include the ability to brush your balance in or away from your scene. Notice that if you switch over to Temperature Intent, you no longer have the option to brush that element in. Brushing only works with Skin tone, and with Natural grey. I'll start by doing a basic balance of the scene by grabbing the Eyedropper and clicking on something that I know is a neutral grey. For example, the road in the scene.
Now that's a pretty good start. But I feel that the image is a little bit too cool. So I'm going to take the warmth slider and drag it to the right a little bit to add a little bit of warmth into the scene. There. I think that looks pretty good. However, if you look on the right-hand side of the image, you'll notice the announcer standing here. And to me that area of the scene feels a little bit too cool. So if I take my warmth slider and keep dragging it up until the right side of the scene looks good. Unfortunately the center part, the most important part of the image, is going to get a little bit too warm. So we can use brushes to fix this.
I'll start by going back to the setting where I think the overall image looks its best. So let's say right about there. And then, from the Gear menu, I'll choose to brush the white balance either in or away. In this case, what I want to do, is take a little bit of this white balance correction away from this part of the image. Revealing the original, much warmer scene underneath. So I'll choose to brush the white balance away. When you select that, the image doesn't change because the overall adjustment is still applied. And it's now waiting for you to erase part of that adjustment away. Just as with any other Brush tool, you have the ability to change your brush size, the softness, and the strength of the brush. If I was to bring the strength all the way up and brush this away. We'd reveal the original image underneath, which as you can see, is far, far too warm.
So, let me just undo that. And then I'll take the strength slider and I'll bring it down, say about 30% or so, and give that a try. It's a very subtle change, but as I brush over this scene, we're making it just a little bit warmer. And now as I toggle the original white balance on and off, we can see the original scene and our adjusted one. And of course at this point I can continue to play with the warmth slider to make the overall scene little bit more or little bit less warm.
Just as with any other brush, if you want to see exactly what you've done tap on the Brush icon, go to the Gear menu and choose one of the overlay options. Color overlay here will show you exactly where you pressed away a little bit, but in this scene it's a little bit hard to see what you've taken off. So maybe you want to switch that over to Brush Strokes. So you can see exactly the brush strokes that you've brushed in. Notice that the overall scene is still pure white, but over here I've taken away just a little bit, and that's a bit of a darker gray. If you want to keep making changes to that, you can continue to adjust your strength slider, grab that Eraser took again, and brush a little bit more in.
You can make these changes while you're in this view or while you're looking at the image yourself
- Touring the Aperture 3.3 and 3.4 interfaces
- Exporting, sharing, and merging libraries
- White balance enhancements
- Improved Highlights & Shadows
- Auto enhance
- Positive and negative vignetting
- Importing, sharing, and organizing enhancements