Up and Running with Lightroom 5
Illustration by John Hersey

Up and Running with Lightroom 5

with Jan Kabili

Video: Fine-tuning colors in the HSL panel

You can adjust a particular color wherever it appears in a photo using the sliders in the HSL panel. HSL stands for Hue Saturation and Lightness, the three properties that Lightroom uses to describe color. Here you can see a tab for each of those three properties. Saturation means the intensity of color and using the sliders in the saturation section of this panel I can change individual color ranges separately. So, let's say I want to make the yellows in the image less intense, but not affect the other colors. I'll take that yellow saturation slider and drag it over to the left. And that's desaturating the lemons.
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  1. 5m 24s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files
      4m 22s
  2. 30m 31s
    1. Understanding catalogs
      4m 21s
    2. Organizing your photos before importing
      3m 10s
    3. Deciding where to store your photos
      4m 28s
    4. Importing photos from a drive
      8m 14s
    5. Importing photos from a camera
      10m 18s
  3. 1h 15m
    1. Library module workspace
      7m 21s
    2. Viewing and sorting photos
      6m 16s
    3. Selecting photos
      7m 9s
    4. Reviewing and rating photos
      8m 41s
    5. Organizing with collections
      6m 27s
    6. Using Smart Collections
      6m 21s
    7. Keywording
      4m 51s
    8. Finding photos by keyword
      5m 40s
    9. Finding photos with the Metadata filter
      4m 53s
    10. Moving files and folders
      7m 16s
    11. Renaming photos
      4m 18s
    12. Working with Smart Previews when traveling
      6m 6s
  4. 54m 18s
    1. Develop module workspace
      6m 14s
    2. Cropping and straightening
      4m 25s
    3. Fixing perspective with Upright
      7m 19s
    4. Setting white balance
      4m 41s
    5. Using the histogram to evaluate tones
      4m 5s
    6. Adjusting tone and color in the Basic panel
      8m 45s
    7. Fine-tuning colors in the HSL panel
      3m 35s
    8. Converting to black and white
      3m 56s
    9. Using virtual copies
      3m 43s
    10. Reducing digital noise
      3m 24s
    11. Sharpening
      4m 11s
  5. 26m 21s
    1. Targeting edits with the Adjustment Brush
      6m 45s
    2. Spotlighting and vignetting with the Radial filter
      6m 0s
    3. Gradual editing with the Graduated filter
      4m 5s
    4. Removing dust spots with Spot Removal circles
      6m 12s
    5. Removing content with Spot Removal brushstrokes
      3m 19s
  6. 30m 40s
    1. Exporting photos
      9m 22s
    2. Setting up a connection to Facebook
      6m 22s
    3. Sharing photos to Facebook
      5m 44s
    4. Printing photos
      9m 12s
  7. 26s
    1. Next steps
      26s

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3h 42m Beginner Jun 11, 2013

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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom has become a popular program for photographers of all experience levels. In this course, photographer and teacher Jan Kabili provides an approachable introduction to all its capabilities. The course begins with a look at how to import photos from a camera and from a hard drive, describing how the Lightroom catalog works along the way.

Then you'll learn key ways to manage your photos in Lightroom, from reviewing photos after a shoot to working with Smart Previews when your photos are offline. This part of the course covers making collections, adding keywords, and much more.

Next, the course introduces the Lightroom Develop module and its features for improving a photo's appearance, including adjusting tone and color, cropping and fixing perspective, converting to black and white, reducing noise, and sharpening. It explores how to make local adjustments with the Adjustment Brush, Radial Filter, Graduated Filter, and Spot Removal tools. The course ends with a look at the most commonly used Lightroom features for sharing photos: exporting, printing, and sharing online.

Topics include:
  • Importing photos
  • Viewing, sorting, and selecting photos
  • Reviewing and rating photos
  • Finding photos with keywords and filters
  • Cropping and straightening photos
  • Fixing perspective with Upright
  • Adjusting color and tone
  • Targeting edits with the Adjustment Brush
  • Sharing photos on Facebook
  • Exporting and printing photos
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Lightroom
Author:
Jan Kabili

Fine-tuning colors in the HSL panel

You can adjust a particular color wherever it appears in a photo using the sliders in the HSL panel. HSL stands for Hue Saturation and Lightness, the three properties that Lightroom uses to describe color. Here you can see a tab for each of those three properties. Saturation means the intensity of color and using the sliders in the saturation section of this panel I can change individual color ranges separately. So, let's say I want to make the yellows in the image less intense, but not affect the other colors. I'll take that yellow saturation slider and drag it over to the left. And that's desaturating the lemons.

But, notice that it's also desaturated yellow wherever else it appears in this image, here and here, and even the yellows in the basket and in the mat. And, if I take that slider and go the other way, all the yellows become more intense. I might increase the saturation of the yellows just a little bit like this. So, dragging that slider has affected yellows wherever they are in the image and not just one shade of yellow. But a range of yellows. And the same is true if I were to drag one of these other sliders. So, if I took this green slider and dragged that all the way to the left, I desaturate color not only in the leaves, but also in the wine bottles here.

So, I'm going to put the green back to its default by double clicking it's label. Now let's look at the Luminance tab, clicking on that tab, at the top of the HSL panel. The sliders look the same, but these sliders will affect just the brightness of colors. Not the saturation or the hue. So, if I go to the yellow slider for example, and drag that to the right, all of the yellows throughout the image get brighter. And if I go the other way to the left, all the yellows get really dark. So, I might decrease the luminance of the yellows just a bit, somewhere like that.

And now let's go to the Hue slider here, and again I'm going to drag the yellow slider. If I go to the left, I can almost turn those lemons into oranges and of course that change effects all the yellows in the image. The yellows and the label here as well as the yellows in the basket. So, you do want to be careful when you're using any of the HSL sliders that you're not effecting part of an image. That you didn't mean to. Now sometimes there's a color that you do want to change, but you're not sure what the color is. For example, let's say that I want to take the saturation out of this blue basket, because it's kind of directing my attention to a part of the image that's not the focus.

I'll go to the Saturation tab, and I'm not exactly sure which slider to move. Is it the blue slider, the aqua slider, the purple slider? Is there some magenta in that basket? I'm not sure. So, I'm going to go up to the Targeted Adjustment tool which is this small circle at the top of this panel. When I click on that circle, you'll see that it now has a triangle above and below it and that means that the tool has been activated. And so when I go into the image and I click somewhere, like on this box, and drag the corresponding sliders for me.

So, as I drag down, I'm removing the saturation from that box. Notice, that not only dragged the blue slider, but the purple slider to the left as well. When I'm done using the Targeted Adjustment tool, again I'll click on its icon. And now it's no longer active. And you will notice that each of the HSL tabs, the Hue tab and the Luminance tab have a Targeted Adjustment tool. So, that's how to use the controls in the HSL panel to adjust specific colors everywhere that they occur in a photo. If you want to adjust color in just a particular spot in a photo, then it's a better idea to use Lightroom's local adjustment tools, like the Adjustment Brush tool, which I'll cover a little later in the course.

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