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New Lightroom Reference Feature Helps Color Matching

Published: 28/12/2016
By: larry

Kelvin in MT says:

The new version of Lightroom cc has a left/right panel for comparative views, making matching color and exposure unbelievably great!  If you’re shooting a bracketed sequence with flash and ambient frames, color matching is considerably easier than ever before. It can also be used to match all the flash frames, for instance, to each other, using one frame as the reference, and matching the rest to it. It’s a fantastic improvement!

The tutorial above illustrates what Kelvin is referring to.

3 comments on “New Lightroom Reference Feature Helps Color Matching”

  1. That is really a cool feature! In the context of real estate photography, especially exteriors, I have used a quick way to adjust color to reflect reality as well. For those who may not know, it goes something like this:
    1. Open the subject photo in Photoshop;
    2. Go to Image > Duplicate to create a copy image and make it active;
    3. Go to Filter > Blur > Average on that copy image (it will become all one color, literally the average of all colors in the image);
    4. Now, go back to the original image and make it active, then click on the Curves adjustment icon (or command/control + M), and select the MIDDLE eyedropper symbol;
    5. With that eyedropper selected, click anywhere within the COPY IMAGE (the all-one-color image done previously).

    Voilà! Your original image now has exactly the correct real-life colors. Just delete the copy image now.

    This works on interiors as well, but do keep in mind that persnickety agents and sellers need to understand that buyers are using all manor of noncolor-calibrated monitors while viewing a listing. So, if they are being picky about their "special" color scheme, you need to let them know that every monitor will show something a bit different anyway.

  2. @Phil

    tried this above but when i select the eyedropper on the original image how do i keep it active to click it on the COPY image? I have to close the curves adjustment box to be able to go back to the other image?


  3. @Gavin - Hi there! I should have pointed out that it is essential when Steps 2 and 3 are complete, to MOVE the image display window off to the side just a little BEFORE returning to the the original image and Step 4.

    This assures that the copy will STILL BE VISIBLE behind the original's window, thus making it unnecessary to make the copy active at all when the eyedropper is hovered over the averaged color.

    I had forgotten that Photoshop will place the copy right on top of the original. Just move it a bit so you can still see it. Sorry about that important omission. Let me know it works.

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