In the past, I really liked the white balance presets in Adobe Camera Raw. Trying different options from the pop-up window in ACR let me preview different temperature/tint combinations for my Raw images. I’d been expecting to see similar functionality out of the box in Aperture, until the light bulb went on (that would be 2850K) that I could create it myself.
The process for building white balance presets in Aperture is quite simple. Start by entering a temperature/tint combination in the White Balance panel of the HUD - such as 5500K/10. Choose the “Save as Preset” from the pop-up menu and label it with the name you want, such as “Daylight.” Continue through your list of settings until you’ve entered all of your presets.
Once you have all of your presets configured, you can freely preview their effect on your images by selecting the one you want from the list.
If you want to return to the “as shot” white balance setting, just hit the “Reset to Default” arrow that’s next to the presets pop-up menu. You can set as many presets as you want. If you want, you can start with this list as a starting point.
If you have additional temperature/tint combinations that you think would be helpful to others, please list them in the comments area of this post.