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Many photos look better with a little boost to color saturation to make the colors more intense, and you can accomplish that with a Hue/Saturation adjustment in the Full Photo Edit workspace. That adjustment is available either as a direct adjustment from the Enhanced Adjust color menu or as an adjustment layer. As you know, I like to use an adjustment layer whenever I can, by going to the bottom of the Layers panel and clicking the Add New Adjustment icon here, and then, choosing Hue/Saturation. There is my new Hue/Saturation adjustment layer, and the Adjustments panel is now showing you the Hue/Saturation controls.
To make the colors in this photo more intense, I will go right to Saturation slider and drag it to the right. I like the result on some of these buildings, but look what's happened to the sky. The blues in the sky are now so saturated that they don't really look natural. And so now I'm going to start to drill down into the Hue/Saturation adjustment to see how I can isolate particular colors to adjust their saturation. I will go up here to the menu marked Master, click there, and I'm going to choose Blues, and that will let me focus on adjusting just the blues in the image.
Then I'll go to the Saturation slider, and I'm going to move that to the left to add some gray to the blues in the image. That's what desaturating does. There also is a Lightness slider down here that I can use to lighten the blues in the image. So I'll drag that over to the right, and I think the sky looks a lot more natural now. Let's compare a before and after by clicking the Eye icon at the bottom of the Adjustments panel. Here's how the sky was, and here's how it is. There's also a Hue slider here. I could use that to change the color of the sky altogether.
So if I'd like the sky to be a little more purple, I can try dragging the slider to the right, if I want to try a greenish tint, I will go to the left. I am going to put it right back around where it was. When I target colors like this, you can see down in the bars at the bottom of the Adjustments panel what's happening. The top bar represents the original colors, and the bottom bar represents the shifted colors. This controller in the middle shows me which part of the image I am adjusting; the light part gets the most adjustment, and then that falls off on either side in these darker gray areas of the controller.
So this is telling me that I primarily have adjusted the blues which you see in the top bar, and if you go straight down to the bottom bar, you can see that those blues are now less saturated, and less dark. Now I am going to try to adjust the reds in the image. I'd like the reds in this building to pop a little more. So I'll go back to the menu here, and instead of blues, I am going to choose reds, and I will drag the Saturation slider over to the right. I like the way the reds look here and here, but this orange building over on the left looks too saturated for my taste.
So I can use these eyedroppers to hone in on just the reds that I do want to adjust. There is a Subtract From Eyedropper here which I'm going to select, and then I'll move into the image, and I'm going to click on the orange wall of the building to remove this orange or a shade of red from the reds that are being adjusted. So that took some of the saturation out, and if I click around on these other reds, the building on the left becomes less saturated. Finally, I'm going to work on the greens. So I'll go over to the same menu, and I'll choose greens.
I am going to drag that Saturation slider way over to the right, because I want to show you that with the Green selected, I'm not going to be affecting all of this building, just the part that's gone bright green right now. So I'm going to use another eyedropper, the Add To Eyedropper, the one with the Plus symbol on it in the Adjustments panel. I will get that, and then I'll click on the areas that have not yet been affected by that saturation shift. That includes those areas and now I'm going to drag the Saturation slider down to where I think it should be.
So that's a way to narrow down the areas that are affected by Hue/Saturation adjustments. I am going to switch to another image for a moment because I want to make the point that you can have more than one adjustment layer on an image. And often, after I've corrected the lighting in an image, I will go ahead and add a Hue/Saturation adjustment on top of that to just make things pop a little. Here, for example, I started out with an image that looked like this, and then I added this Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer to fix the lighting. Now, on top of that, I am going to go down to the bottom of the Layers panel and click the Add Adjustment layer icon, and I'm going to add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer, and here, I'll drag the Saturation slider to the right, increasing the saturation of all the colors in this photo.
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