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Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer

From: Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training

Video: Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer

The most common photo problems fall into two categories. Problems with lighting and problems with color. I covered corrections to lighting in preceding movies in this chapter. Now let's talk about color. If you find that your photographs like this one need a little more pop, try applying a Hue/Saturation adjustment and doing that as an adjustment layer rather than a direct adjustment. To apply a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to this image, I'm going to go over to the panels, and first I'm going to close the Effects panel here by going its panel menu icon and choosing Close so there's more room for the Layers panel and the Adjustments panel that I'm about to open.

Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer

The most common photo problems fall into two categories. Problems with lighting and problems with color. I covered corrections to lighting in preceding movies in this chapter. Now let's talk about color. If you find that your photographs like this one need a little more pop, try applying a Hue/Saturation adjustment and doing that as an adjustment layer rather than a direct adjustment. To apply a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to this image, I'm going to go over to the panels, and first I'm going to close the Effects panel here by going its panel menu icon and choosing Close so there's more room for the Layers panel and the Adjustments panel that I'm about to open.

I am going to go to the bottom of the Layers panel and click the New Fill and Adjustment Layer icon, this black and white circle, and from the pop-up menu I'll choose Hue/Saturation. That adds a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer with the built-in layer mask and it opens the Adjustments panel to the controls for the Hue/Saturation adjustment. Here are three sliders. The first, the Hue slider, will change the overall color. I don't often use this because it gives pretty unrealistic results, but just to show you, if I drag this in this direction, I can get magentas or this direction, some greens and blues.

I'm going to put that back to 0 by typing 0 in the Hue field. There is also a Lightness slider that I don't use very often, because if I do want to adjust lightness, I'll go into the Shadow/Highlight adjustment or the Curves adjustment. But if I'm adjusting saturation sometimes I do want to tweak the lightness just a bit and I can make the image brighter by moving to the right or darker by moving to the left. I'm going to put that back to 0 by typing zero in the Lightness box as well. The real star of the Hue/Saturation adjustment is the Saturation slider here.

In an image like this which needs a little boost to color, dragging the Saturation slider to the right will make the colors more intense. To compare a before and after view, I'll go down to the eye icon at the bottom of the Adjustments panel and click. So that's where I started and that's where I'm by increasing the Saturation. If I go the other way with the Saturation slider dragging it to the left, I can actually pull of the color out of the image, but I don't recommend this as the best way to make a black and white image. I'll talk about converting to black and white in a later movie, but I did want you see what saturation is all about.

It's about the intensity of the color in the image. I am going to put Saturation back to zero to show you that you don't have to change the saturation of all the colors in an image. Let's say for example that I just wanted to pop the red colors in this image without touching the rest of the colors. So perhaps I want to leave the green as it is. I'm going to the Master menu here at the top of the Hue/Saturation adjustments, click there and I'll choose Reds and now when I drag the Saturation slider to the right, I do get a change in saturation in the red colors in the image, but it's not affecting the other hues.

If I want to get even more specific about the particular reds that I'm adjusting, I'll select this Eyedropper tool here in the Hue/Saturation panel, and then I'll go into the image and click with that Eyedropper on just the red that I want to affect. And as you notice that when I did that, the reds in the Church became more intense. The nice thing about adjusting Saturation from a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer is that, as with every adjustment layer, I can go back into this adjustment, reopen the Hue/Saturation controls into the Adjustments panel and make changes at any time, even after saving and closing the image as long as I've saved in a format that retains layers, like Photoshop document, .PSD, and as with all adjustment layers I have the option to limit my adjustment to just part of the image using the layer mask that comes with this adjustment layer.

So do give the Hue/Saturation adjustments layer a try, when you want to make the colors in your photos more intense.

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Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training

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  1. 10m 20s
    1. Welcome
      1m 13s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 35s
    3. Launching the Welcome screen
      3m 12s
    4. Touring Elements
      4m 20s
  2. 29m 45s
    1. Working with catalogs
      3m 16s
    2. Getting photos from your hard drive
      2m 49s
    3. Changing thumbnail display options
      4m 35s
    4. Getting photos from a camera or card
      9m 43s
    5. Getting photos from a CD/DVD or an external drive
      4m 46s
    6. Getting photos from a scanner
      4m 36s
  3. 43m 15s
    1. Touring the Organizer interface
      5m 44s
    2. Viewing photos
      5m 11s
    3. Selecting photos
      2m 58s
    4. Rotating photos
      2m 39s
    5. Renaming photos
      2m 7s
    6. Fixing photo dates
      2m 0s
    7. Hiding and deleting photos
      5m 24s
    8. Stacking photos
      8m 9s
    9. Moving files
      4m 43s
    10. Backing up catalogs
      4m 20s
  4. 52m 4s
    1. Applying keyword tags
      8m 33s
    2. Finding photos by keyword tags
      3m 41s
    3. Finding photos with the Keyword Tag Cloud
      1m 56s
    4. Applying Smart Tags
      4m 29s
    5. Automatically tagging people in photos
      7m 54s
    6. Applying star ratings
      2m 48s
    7. Organizing photos in albums
      4m 10s
    8. Organizing photos in Smart Albums
      6m 44s
    9. Finding photos with Text Search
      4m 31s
    10. Finding photos from the Find menu
      5m 10s
    11. Finding photos in the Timeline
      2m 8s
  5. 29m 18s
    1. Working with photos in Full Screen view
      11m 12s
    2. Viewing slideshows in Full Screen view
      4m 10s
    3. Comparing photos
      5m 22s
    4. Using Date View
      3m 41s
    5. Mapping photos
      4m 53s
  6. 56m 46s
    1. Applying Photo Fix options in the Organizer
      8m 22s
    2. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      6m 12s
    3. Applying Quick Fix controls
      11m 10s
    4. Using Quick Fix tools
      11m 2s
    5. Working in Guided Edit in the Editor
      4m 45s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      5m 57s
    7. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      9m 18s
  7. 1h 12m
    1. Touring the Full Edit interface
      5m 5s
    2. Opening files in Full Edit
      2m 13s
    3. Working with tabbed documents
      6m 57s
    4. Using tools
      6m 11s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      4m 22s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 18s
    7. Using Undo History
      5m 56s
    8. Zooming and navigating
      6m 30s
    9. Creating a blank file
      5m 58s
    10. Photo resizing and resolution
      9m 59s
    11. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 8s
    12. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 49s
    13. Saving files
      7m 47s
  8. 17m 36s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 28s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      4m 51s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      9m 17s
  9. 19m 54s
    1. Understanding selections
      2m 27s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 6s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      6m 27s
    4. Modifying and saving selections
      3m 54s
  10. 1h 0m
    1. Cropping and straightening
      3m 49s
    2. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      2m 54s
    3. Applying adjustment layers
      7m 53s
    4. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 12s
    5. Merging multiple exposures
      6m 33s
    6. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      3m 54s
    7. Adjusting with Color Curves
      3m 39s
    8. Removing a color cast
      3m 21s
    9. Correcting skin tone
      2m 34s
    10. Reducing digital noise
      4m 4s
    11. Sharpening photos
      7m 42s
    12. Working with raw photos
      9m 52s
  11. 24m 50s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      7m 52s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      4m 26s
    3. Dodging and burning
      2m 18s
    4. Healing wrinkles and blemishes
      5m 17s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 41s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 16s
  12. 31m 3s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 8s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 16s
    3. Running automated actions
      1m 51s
    4. Using layer styles
      6m 6s
    5. Using shapes
      8m 12s
    6. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      3m 13s
    7. Converting color to black and white
      3m 17s
  13. 9m 29s
    1. Creating text
      5m 8s
    2. Editing text
      2m 59s
    3. Warping text
      1m 22s
  14. 38m 50s
    1. Making a photo book
      8m 26s
    2. Making a photo collage
      9m 0s
    3. Creating a slideshow
      11m 25s
    4. Stitching a photo panorama
      4m 3s
    5. Preparing images for the web
      5m 56s
  15. 33m 54s
    1. Printing photos
      2m 58s
    2. Printing contact sheets and picture packages
      4m 58s
    3. Sending photos by email and Photo Mail
      5m 57s
    4. Burning photos to CD/DVD
      1m 17s
    5. Ordering prints and books
      1m 59s
    6. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      3m 15s
    7. Sharing photos online at Photoshop.com
      7m 40s
    8. Backing up and synchronizing online
      3m 40s
    9. Getting inspiration from Adobe.com
      2m 10s
  16. 26s
    1. Goodbye
      26s

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