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Enhancing color with Hue/Saturation adjustments

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Video: Enhancing color with Hue/Saturation adjustments

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.

Enhancing color with Hue/Saturation adjustments

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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  1. 2m 22s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the example files
      1m 20s
  2. 12m 1s
    1. Understanding Photoshop Elements
      2m 10s
    2. Using the Welcome screen
      2m 33s
    3. Importing photos from a digital camera
      7m 18s
  3. 1h 1m
    1. Viewing and selecting images
      2m 1s
    2. Creating and saving a custom workspace
      5m 29s
    3. Rotating images in Bridge
      3m 20s
    4. Renaming images in Bridge
      5m 34s
    5. Adding keywords to images
      7m 38s
    6. Applying ratings to images
      5m 17s
    7. Labeling images
      5m 17s
    8. Searching for images
      6m 38s
    9. Creating Collections
      2m 50s
    10. Sorting images with the Filter panel
      6m 36s
    11. Using image stacks
      7m 2s
    12. Hiding images
      4m 6s
  4. 31m 55s
    1. Opening images from Bridge
      2m 24s
    2. Working with palettes and the Palette Bin
      4m 53s
    3. Using the Project Bin
      6m 44s
    4. Zooming and scrolling
      8m 1s
    5. Fixing mistakes with Undo and Redo
      5m 3s
    6. Saving versions
      4m 50s
  5. 49m 38s
    1. Opening and viewing images in the Quick Fix mode
      6m 8s
    2. Understanding Auto Color and making tonal adjustments
      8m 50s
    3. Using the Lighting sliders
      5m 19s
    4. Using the Color sliders
      7m 1s
    5. Applying Auto Red Eye Fix
      3m 31s
    6. Applying Auto Sharpen
      4m 25s
    7. Using the Guided Edit mode
      6m 19s
    8. Processing multiple files
      8m 5s
  6. 10m 22s
    1. Understanding image resolution
      3m 23s
    2. Resizing images
      6m 59s
  7. 17m 8s
    1. Applying Auto Crop and Auto Straighten
      6m 22s
    2. Using the Straighten and Crop tools
      4m 10s
    3. Changing the canvas size
      6m 36s
  8. 30m 32s
    1. Why make selections?
      6m 3s
    2. Using the Quick Selection tool
      8m 37s
    3. Using Refine Edge
      7m 15s
    4. Saving and loading selections
      8m 37s
  9. 25m 58s
    1. Working with the Layers palette
      9m 45s
    2. Using adjustment layers and masks
      8m 37s
    3. Applying transparency and blend mode adjustments
      7m 36s
  10. 40m 56s
    1. Removing a color cast
      5m 53s
    2. Correcting skin tone
      3m 38s
    3. Enhancing color with Hue/Saturation adjustments
      6m 37s
    4. Balancing contrast and color with Levels adjustments
      7m 10s
    5. Correcting dark or light areas with Shadow/Highlight Adjustments
      5m 17s
    6. Improving images with Color Curves adjustments
      5m 55s
    7. Converting color images to black and white
      6m 26s
  11. 54m 14s
    1. Using the Red-Eye Removal tool
      8m 1s
    2. Using the healing tools
      7m 42s
    3. Whitening teeth and eyes
      6m 20s
    4. Cloning to remove contents
      8m 14s
    5. Adjusting perspective and correcting camera distortion
      6m 10s
    6. Using Photomerge Group Shot
      6m 17s
    7. Using Photomerge Faces
      6m 4s
    8. Using Photomerge Panorama
      5m 26s
  12. 16m 1s
    1. Creating a clipping mask
      7m 25s
    2. Creating collages with gradient blending
      8m 36s
  13. 22m 15s
    1. Reducing noise
      8m 7s
    2. Sharpening with Unsharp Mask
      7m 16s
    3. Sharpening with Adjust Sharpness
      6m 52s
  14. 17m 54s
    1. Understanding Camera Raw
      1m 46s
    2. Opening Camera Raw images from Bridge
      6m 37s
    3. Applying tonal and color adjustments in Camera Raw
      6m 23s
    4. Saving raw images
      3m 8s
  15. 40m 41s
    1. Painting with the Filter Gallery
      8m 7s
    2. Creating a pencil sketch
      7m 40s
    3. Customizing images
      7m 59s
    4. Adding artwork with the Content palette
      9m 39s
    5. Building and saving a multi-page photo creation
      7m 16s
  16. 37m 5s
    1. Creating a slideshow
      6m 58s
    2. Creating a photo book
      9m 1s
    3. Creating a photo collage
      6m 58s
    4. Creating a greeting card
      6m 31s
    5. Creating a web photo gallery
      7m 37s
  17. 31m 6s
    1. Choosing color settings
      7m 1s
    2. Printing to an inkjet printer
      8m 13s
    3. Using Picture Package
      4m 33s
    4. Saving for the web
      5m 55s
    5. Attaching images to emails
      3m 6s
    6. Burning to CDs and DVDs
      2m 18s
  18. 56s
    1. Goodbye
      56s

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