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Basic color boost

From: Quick Fixes with Photoshop Elements 10

Video: Basic color boost

When the color in a scene is part of the reason you captured the image in the first place, very often, you might want to boost those colors to give them a little bit more impact. Here, I have a photograph of the Golden Pavilion in Japan, and I'd really like to boost those golds and greens to give the image a bit stronger effect. To apply that adjustment, I'm going to use Hue Saturation, and so I'll choose Enhance > Adjust Color and then Adjust Hue Saturation. This will bring up the Hue Saturation dialog, and as you can see there are several sliders here that we can work with.

Basic color boost

When the color in a scene is part of the reason you captured the image in the first place, very often, you might want to boost those colors to give them a little bit more impact. Here, I have a photograph of the Golden Pavilion in Japan, and I'd really like to boost those golds and greens to give the image a bit stronger effect. To apply that adjustment, I'm going to use Hue Saturation, and so I'll choose Enhance > Adjust Color and then Adjust Hue Saturation. This will bring up the Hue Saturation dialog, and as you can see there are several sliders here that we can work with.

The Hue slider will shift all of the colors around the color wheel. This can produce some very interesting results, but in most cases, it's not a result you're going to use for a photographic image. So, I'll set the Hue Value back to 0. Similarly, lightness is not usually something you'd apply to a photographic image. Increasing will cause a white cast on the image and decreasing will cause a black cast on the image. And in most cases, that won't look all that attractive. So I'll set Lightness back to 0 as well.

But then we come back to Saturation. Increasing the saturation will increase the purity of the colors. In other words, it will make the colors more intense. Too much can cause a significant problem, but with a relatively moderate boost in Saturation, we can greatly improve the appearance of colors in the image. In this case, for example, you can see that boosting the Saturation not only improves the overall color appearance, but it also enhances the glow underneath the eaves of the roof both above and below.

And that I think, is a very nice effect. You don't want to go too high with Saturation, but a little bit of a boost can be a very nice thing. So I'll fine tune the adjustment here, that looks to be pretty good right there. I'll turn off the Preview to see the original image, and turn that Preview check box back on for the after image, the image with the Saturation boost. That looks pretty nice. So I'll go ahead, and click OK in order to apply that boost in color for the image.

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