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In Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training, Ted LoCascio teaches casual photographers how to organize, edit, and share their digital image libraries using this powerful software package from Adobe. He tours the included Adobe Bridge application, used for importing and organizing photographs, and explores every feature of Elements itself. He demonstrates how to navigate the Elements workspace, which is used to correct and improve images, combine them into projects, and produce slideshows, photo books, web galleries, and more. Ted also explains how to get the most out of each editing mode, and shares tips for correcting, retouching, and sharpening photographs. Example files accompany the course.
Now I would like to show you how to use the Hue and Saturation feature in Elements to edit and enhance the colors in your images. I'm currently in Bridge and I'm viewing our exercise files folders. I would like to scroll down to the Chapter 10 Making Tonal Corrections, double-click that and double-click the Hue and Saturation folder and in here we have an image named Enzo fire engine-1 and I'm going to double-click that to open it up inside of the Element's Editing workspace.
All right, now what I would like to do is apply a Hue and Saturation Adjustment in order to adjust the colors in this image. One way you can that is to go on the Enhance menu, scroll down to which is Adjust Color and then we have this Adjust Hue/Saturation command. And it has the dots (...), the ellipse after it. When you choose that that means it's going to open up dialog box. Any time you see the three dots that means you're going to see a dialog box after you choose the command and here it is. Now I could go through here and make some adjustments by moving these sliders and after I did, it would affect the image overall, and of course I would recommend that you do a Save As and always keep your original image untouched, so that if you needed to go back and do the adjustment again, you could.
But another way that you could do this, I think is a better way is to work with an Adjustment Layer. Notice we have in our Layers palette the Background layer and in here in the Adjustment Layer menu in the drop down list we have Hue/Saturation and so you can choose that as an Adjustment Layer. That creates the layer above the background so what I would recommend is that you use the Adjustment Layer instead and save the file as a PSD when you're done. That means if you want to go back in and make a change, you just need to reopen the PSD, double-click on this icon to access this dialog box again and then make your change. So I would recommend that using the Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer as opposed to just working with the Enhance command.
So now that we're in the dialog box that's associated with the Adjustment Layer, let's go in here and make an adjustment. We have these three sliders Hue, Saturation, and Lightness. These sliders are very similar to the sliders that are available in the quick fix note, the Color sliders. The Hue slider if you drag it to the right or to the left is going to shift all of the colors in the image unless you have a selection made along the color wheel. So you see what's happening, it's changing all the colors in the entire image; you can create some really, really weird effects that way. I don't necessarily want to do that, I just want to be aware of what happens when you move that slider.
If you have a selection made and you want to change the color of a specific object in an image then using the Hue slider is a good idea. But to adjust an entire image overall, usually not. Saturation is a more useful slider if you drag that to the right you can boost the vividness of the color, notice as I'm dragging the colors are becoming more and more vibrant, and that sometimes can be a nice adjustment to make. If we drag it to the left, it's going to de- saturate those colors so much so that if you drag it all the way to the left, you can create a Gray Scale image, okay black and white.
You don't necessarily want to do that. I actually like the idea of boosting the color up of a bit and making a little bit more vibrant, dragging it up to about here, 22-23. We also have the Lightness slider. This is pretty much a useless slider at least in my opinion in this dialog box. If we drag it to the right, it's going to wash out your image; if you drag it to the left, it's going to muddy it up. So it doesn't have a whole out of a purpose in this particular instance or any that I know of. So I recommend that you kind of stay away from the Lightness slider. There is really not a lot of use of it here and stick with either Hue, if you have a selection, maybe you want to change the color something in your image or more useful Saturation.
I like this boosted color inside of my image. I especially like what it's doing in the fire engine. I don't like what it's doing to his skin tone, it's making it look a little too yellow and that's just not I what I want. So I think what I'm going to do is instead of applying these to the entire image over all, to the Master as it says up here, Edit Master, I'm going to go and reset the dialog box holding down the Option key clicking the Reset button, bring that back to zero. Let's choose, under the Edit menu, Reds. So that I can just affect the red in the fire engine, as oppose to all of the colors in the image over all like we were doing before with Saturation slider.
With these sliders down here, with the first slider I can indicate Elements what range of reds I want to work with. Now I need to do is click inside the photograph to let Elements know that range. I'm going to click over here inside of the fire engine in order to create that range and you saw these move down there, that's telling Elements what range of Reds we're using. Now what I can do is increase that Saturation to the right and I'm only making the colors in that range more vivid; it's not affecting the skin as much. It is starting to affect his lips however just slightly and if I don't like that I can try and remove that from the range by clicking the remove eye dropper over here and clicking in his lips and that removes it from the range.
So now we can make a little bit more of an adjustment to the fire engine and not change much in his skin or his lips, that's a good thing to do. We can also increase the Hue just a little bit maybe change the Hue of those Reds in that range. We can make them a little more yellow or I can make them more purple. I think a little more yellow is actually something I would like. If you want to see the before and after, you can turn off the Preview and look down in this area. There is the before and there is the after and makes a nice adjustment.
Just boost the color in that fire engine, looks really good. All right, so now we can click OK. The beauty of this Adjustment Layer is like I said if we save this as a PSD we can reopen it later and if we say, gosh ! I think we over did it with the reds and the fire engine. Maybe we should turn that down a bit. You can double-click in here, go back into the reds and change it. Maybe bring it down little bit. Look at your before and your after, that looks good to you click OK. So, this is totally not destructive. Great way to edit your images, gives you so much control.
So that's how you can use Hue and Saturation in order to adjust specific colors within your images in Elements.
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