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Once you have your tonal adjustments and your overall white balance adjustments under Control, then you can start looking at specific colors in the shot itself and see if you want to make any changes there. We're going to play a little bit with the color in this shot. I'm going to play a little bit with the color of this wood and maybe the greens here. This is another brick here in the Color Brick that also has brushing tools, and the one that the brushing tool has really lent itself toward.
So, we'll make sure that we revisit this brick when we talk about brushing. But for now, we're going to make more or less global adjustments. In other words, we'll work on specific colors across the board. So, how does this work? Well in the Color Brick, you have Hue, Saturation and Luminance, and then you also have Range. Well, the first three are related in the sense that the Hue is the actual color quality of a particular color. For instance, you could say that this red down here maybe has a little bit of bluish hue also, and so that you can move that one way or the other, which we're going to do.
Then Saturation, of course, is the intensity of that Hue. How much of that hue is in there? Then the Luminance is the brightness of that particular color. That's dark and light. Now the way that Range works is that let's say we sample this color right here, this bark. If you have the Range set to wide, then all the colors that are sort of related on both sides of that color will be affected. If you have the Range set narrow, then our changes will mainly be limited just to that kind of specific color itself that we sampled.
So, if you want some spillover, so to speak, on your adjustments, then you would have your Range slider set this way. Then we have a Dropper tool that allows us to sample particular colors. Now in the beginning, when we first had the Color Brick in Aperture, we basically just had these basic colors, and we would choose the one that came closest to what we wanted to do. So, for instance, if we wanted to work on this bark, we would choose the red here and start sliding away.
Hopefully, it would make the changes that we wanted. Now we can set the red, go to the Dropper tool, and actually sample some of that because obviously, there are some red and some oranges. There are all sorts of things in here. Actually, the icon here changed to something more orangish. So, it wasn't really a red anyway. It was more of an orange. So, if I want to adjust the hue, now that I sampled that, now that I've clicked on it, I just move the Hue slider. I can make it more yellowish- greeny, or I can make it purply-magenta.
I'm going to go just a little bit this way. I'm not going to mess with the Hue too much, because that's not really what I'm after. What I really want to do is increase the Saturation of that. By moving the slider, you'll see that the Saturation changes on the wood here and it changes on the related colors, but not really affecting the rest of the photo. If I feel like I'm getting a little too much spillover, I might have a chance of narrowing that by taking the Range and moving it back, and that does have some effect on this up here.
So, for this particular adjustment, I'm going to narrow the Range a little bit, because I want it primarily to happen on the wood. So, we'll increase saturation a little bit more. Then if I want to make it darker or lighter, of course, I can move the Luminance slider. I think right in there is about what I want. We can always check our work by clicking and un-clicking the box. So, we have made a change to the wood. Let's go ahead and work on the greens a little bit also. I'll click on the green here.
I'm going to go ahead and sample some of this. Again, our greens also have a lot of yellow in them. By the way, when you do want to adjust foliage, a lot of times, yellow is the thing that will have the biggest effect on it. So, we can play with the Hue a little bit. I want it a little greenier and a little less yellow. So, I'm actually going to change the Hue a bit this way. I'm going to increase that Saturation just a bit. I want to lighten it up just a hair, maybe so it's something like that.
Now I could make it very dark too if I wanted something more dramatic. Actually, we'll go somewhere in there. I think the Range is fine. It's pretty much adjusting what I want. So, these are somewhat subtle changes, but it's nice to be able to work just on particular areas of the photograph. As you see when we uncheck the Color Box, it does make a difference. You could go for a more exaggerated difference if you wanted. But a lot of times the best adjustments are the ones that are more fine-tuning as opposed to really being heavy-handed with the sliders.
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