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This movie is more of a bonus movie than something essential, because here I just want to talk about how we can have fun using those HSL controls in order to come up with some creative color concepts or color combinations for our pictures that are a little bit more like illustrations than they are like trying to create something which is photographically real. Well, let's experiment with this photograph of this old motel sign. We'll navigate to the HSL panel here and go to Hue. Start off there. If we click on our Targeted Adjustment tool, we can change that sky color, and here I'm going to make this much more aqua.
Right now the aqua is kind of too bright. I want a little bit of a vintage kind of a feel. So I'll go next to Saturation. In Saturation, I'm just going to pull that color down, so I all of a sudden have just a really different type of a feel with this photograph. Next, perhaps to the Luminance panel. In Luminance, again, with the Targeted Adjustment tool, I'll click on these Reds and brighten up the reds of the sign. And so often what you can do is make these type of shifts and then go to other panels and add some color on top of that, which will help you come up with a really interesting look.
So with this one, we can go to the Basic panel, and in the Basic panel, we'll drag the Temperature slider. I'll drag it to the right, adding a lot of yellow here. And again, now I have this different kind of vintage look. It looks almost like this type of instagram or hipstamatic type of a look that you can get using those smartphone apps when you're taking pictures. We could go beyond this too. We could go down, say, to Split Toning, and in Split Toning we could add more color in the Highlights, perhaps some yellow there.
And then in our Shadows, maybe a little bit of blue in those Shadows. And it's kind of endless, right, how much you can tinker with this, but just kind of fun in regards to how you can work with color. And let's see how the HSL sliders played into this mix. What role did they play? Well, if we flip the switch, you can see here is the color without that. It looks okay, but just not that good. It's the HSL that really pushes things in that completely new and kind of interesting direction. So here's what I recommend.
Have some fun with these controls. Sometimes you're going to want to work with them to correct or enhance or to really have this vision for your pictures; other times it's helpful just to experiment for experiment's sake, because what that can do for you is two things: first, you can come up with color combinations like this, which might be interesting, and then second, it can help you really learn how those controls work so that you can use those controls in order to come up with all sorts of different color and tone combinations.
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