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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Essential Training, author Chris Orwig provides a comprehensive look at Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. The course covers indispensable techniques such as importing, processing, and organizing images in the Library, correcting and adjusting images in the Develop module, and creating slideshows, web galleries, and print picture packages. In addition to exploring all of Lightroom 3's capabilities, this course is rich with creative tips and expert advice on photographic workflow. Exercise files accompany the course.
Now that you're becoming more familiar with HSL, one of the things that you'll do is you'll look at your photographs differently. For example, with this image, originally you may look at it and think, oh, it's kind of interesting, but now you look at it and think, okay, we have this huge area of green, and that huge area of green is a little bit dark and I would love to brighten this up. Rather than reaching for your Basic panel controls, what you might do is navigate to HSL and all that we need to do here is to simply click on the Target Adjustment tool for Luminance, or of course we can press that shortcut, right.
The shortcut on a Mac is Shift+Opt+ Command+L. On a PC the same shortcut that's Shift+Alt+Ctrl+L. Whether by shortcut or not, we can simply click on this Target Adjustment tool here and then go ahead and click and drag up and what that can allow me to do is to control the brightness right here in the foreground of the photograph. Now as I do that, I notice that I lost a little bit of saturation, and that happens, right? Because when things become brighter, there's more white. When they become darker, there's more black, so it affects the overall color. No big deal.
Click on the Target Adjustment tool for Saturation. We'll go ahead and click and drag up to increase those greens and those yellows. Let's take a look at the before and after. We'll do that by clicking on this flip switch here. Here's our before and then our after. So as you start to analyze your own photographs, again, keep it in mind that what you want to do is really pay attention to color and tone, so that you can take full advantage of the HSL controls, which we can find in the Develop module.
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