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Learn how to enhance the natural beauty of a landscape photo with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. In this short start-to-finish editing project, author Jan Kabili walks you through corrections for common issues you may have in your own landscape photos. She shows you how to create a mood with white balance, enhance contrast and detail with tonal adjustments, increase image intensity, make corrections to specific areas of the photo, and export the final processed photo.
In the last chapter we focused on making global adjustments to this photo, adjustments that affect the entire photo. In this chapter we'll zero in on some targeted adjustments starting with adjusting particular colors in this photo, using these sliders in the HSL panel. I'll open the HSL panel by clicking on its title bar. Here you can see that there are three tabs. You can use the sliders in these tabs to adjust any or all of the three major properties of color in Lightroom: Saturation, which refers to the intensity of Color; Hue, which means the actual color; and Luminance, which means the brightness of color.
One of the colors that jumps out at me in this photo is the blue in the sky and down here in the reflection of the sky. I'd like to lower the intensity of blue everywhere that it occurs in this image. So I'm going to go over to the HSL panel and I'll click on the Saturation tab. Now I could just come down and try dragging the blue slider over to the left to reduce the intensity of the blues in the photo. But it's possible that the sky and the lake represent not only the colors in the blue range but maybe the colors in a neighboring range like aqua or green.
So instead of just taking a chance on one of the sliders, I'm going to use this tool, the Targeted Adjustment tool for the Saturation panel. I'll click on the small icon to activate the Targeted Adjustment tool, and then I'll click in a blue area of the photo maybe up here in the sky. To reduce the saturation of the blues I will click and drag down. Keep your eye on the sliders in the saturation panel as I do this and you can see that not only the blue slider moved to the left but also the aqua slider. Now that I'm done with this tool, I'll go back over to the HSL panel and I'll click back on its icon to put the tool back in place.
Some other colors that I'd like to intensify in this photo are the yellows that you see up here in the Aspen grove and down here around the edge of the lake and the reds that are scattered throughout the vegetation in the foreground. Again I'll go to the Saturation tab of the HSL panel and I'm going to drag the Yellow slider over to the right to increase the saturation of yellows everywhere that they occur in the image. I'll do the same with the Red slider too. Now there's another color that's really bothering me in this image, and that is the color of the trees, they look almost yellow rather than a deep rich green.
To try to change the color of the trees I'm going to go to another tab in the HSL panel the Hue tab. I'll click there and here I see the different ranges of colors that can affect with the Hue sliders. Now one would think that the trees are primarily green, so I'll take the Green slider and I am going to move it over to the right to change the greens in the image to more blue-green. And that did have some effect on the trees, but I'd like to do more to them. Now even though you'd think these trees are just green, I bet that they have some yellow in them too.
If I take that Yellow slider and drag it all the way over to the right or all the way over to the left, you can see that I am right; there is yellow in the trees and throughout the vegetation. So to push those yellows more toward green, I'm going to the drag the Yellow slider from its default of zero over to the right slightly too. So that's how we can use the sliders in the HSL panel to change particular colors wherever they occur in a photo like this. Next we're going to move on to an even finer level of fine-tuning, moving in to adjust just the water here, to give it more reflective qualities and to do that we're going to use one of the local adjustment tools in Lightroom's Develop module, the Graduated Filter tool.
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