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When it comes to creative color, many of us turn to Photoshop and rightly so. Photoshop is an amazing tool. If we'd learn to how you use Lightroom well and if we learn to tap into the HSL, we could make many of the similar color adjustments that we can make in Photoshop, except here what we can do is make these adjustments in a way that is completely nondestructive. In other words, we can undo these adjustments at any time and it won't increase our overall file size. So let's say with this photograph what I want to do is I want to change the color.
I want to come up with this maybe green/yellow color effect. I want to create a vintage look with this sign here that I photographed in Las Vegas. So here's how we're going to do it. We're going to navigate to the HSL panel, and I'm going to go ahead and click on the Target Adjustment tool for my Hue, hover over the sky, click and drag down in order to change the color of the sky. All right, well so far, so good, except that green is way too neon because remember, I want to create a vintage look. No problem. Click on the Target Adjustment tool for Saturation.
Click and drag down, and now I have a more muted green in the background. Let's say I want to brighten up the sign. No problem. Again, click on Target Adjustment tool for Luminance, hover over these reds, and we can brighten up the tones of the sign. All right, well now that I've done that, what I want to do is I want to combine HSL with some of the other controls that I have in Lightroom, and this is going to be skipping ahead a little bit, but I think it's worthwhile to do so here, just in order to show you how you can get really creative with this.
I'm going to scroll down to Split Toning and with Split Toning I'm going to bring in some yellow into my highlights. I'll go ahead and increase the Saturation, so I have this nice green, yellow and red look with the photograph. Well now that I've done that, what I can do next then is take advantage of any of my other panels. For example, I can go up to my Basic panel and if interested I can work on my color Temperature and here you can see I can swing my color Temperature one way or another, maybe bring in a little bit more yellow there.
I could also decrease the Contrast. I could work on my Fill Light. I could change the overall Vibrance of these colors or Saturation of the colors as well. What this can allow me to do is to come up with some interesting color combinations that I really couldn't have created any other way inside of Lightroom. All right, let's say I'm just going to decrease this just a touch here, a little bit more Fill Light, and I think that looks pretty interesting. Let's take a look at our before and after. We're going to do that by pressing the Backslash key. Here we go, before and then after.
Really interesting and creative color from right inside of Lightroom and if you haven't experimented with this particular type of technique, I definitely recommend you do so, because HSL is good not just for making corrections, but it's also really good when it comes to making some creative changes to your photographs.
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