How To Adjust Hue And Saturation in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is a useful tool which can be used to apply various fixes and corrections to photos in a matter of seconds. This application combines several others, which makes using it very simple. Lightroom is popular with bloggers who want to touch up their photos, but still get them out there as quickly as possible.

Lightroom may not completely replace Photoshop, however, this is useful for minor touch-ups. One thing that you can do is adjust the hue and saturation of an image with a few simple mouse clicks.

Tools and Materials Needed

  • Photoshop Lightroom
  • Photograph

Step 1: Open the Photo

First, you should open Photoshop Lightroom and then load your photo. If you don't already have a photograph to experiment on, then you should be able to find a suitable one on the Internet or on stock market websites.

Step 2: Select the Develop Mode

At the top of the screen, there are a series of modes which can be used in the software. Clicking on the Develop tab will make the develop modules appear, which can be used to adjust the color and saturation of the image.

In the develop module, scroll down until you find the HSL / Color / Gray-scale section. The HSL tab allows you to easily adjust the Hue, Saturation and Luminance all in one easy place.

Step 3: Using the Tool

The HSL tool works in a very similar way to the hue, saturation adjustment in Photoshop. However, there are a few interesting features which make using it a real joy. The Hue tool is split into a number of separate sliders, which allows you to be able to adjust various colors. This means that you can recolor a photograph easily by removing or introducing different colors.

Step 4: Saturation

Clicking the saturation section at the top of the HSL tool will also make it possible to adjust the saturation of the image. This works in pretty much the same way as the Hue tool in Photoshop. There are a number of colored sliders which can be adjusted to boost or remove certain colors from the picture.

Step 5: More Advanced Features

Sometimes, it won't be clear which colors you need to adjust because skin tones and many other things are made up of a series of colors. That's where Lightroom makes things really simple. Click on the small circular button above the saturation sliders, which is labeled 'adjust saturation,' by dragging the image.

Now you can move over the image with your cursor and drag to remove or add color easily. This is a very useful feature because it will adjust all of the colors which are used in the feature that you are picking.

Step 6: Experimenting

Simply playing around with the hue and saturation features can help you to understand exactly what they do and when they might be useful. Experiment on some simple photos first with only a few colors.


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