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One of the most effective ways to work with HSL is to use what's called the Target Adjustment tool. Now you may have noticed this tool. There's a little icon which is located next to each of the different areas, Hue we have a tool, Saturation, and then also Luminance. Now to select this tool, all that we need to do is to click on it. Now, when I click on this, I can then hover over my image. As I hover over an area of my image, you'll notice that it highlights that particular color. We can see that in the panel over here, so focusing on the blues, in particular, the blue value.
Again, as I hover over the blues, that field is highlighted. Now all that I need to do is click and drag up or click and drag down to make a change to those particular colors. Currently, what I'm doing is I'm changing the overall hue. You'll also notice that while I'm mainly affecting the blues, I'm also affecting the purples. The reason that is is because this tool is really intelligent. It knows that there is a mix of color in these different colors. That way, it helps us achieve a little bit more realistic color changes, or saturation or luminance changes.
All right, well, let's say I want to work on saturation. How can I do that? Again, all that we need to do is to click on that Adjustment tool, and then here what I can do is click and drag down to decrease the color or click and drag up in order to increase the color. All right, well, so far so good. We can see how we can use these different tools. Luminance, same thing, select the color. Click and drag down or up. Well, what about-- how could we work with this a little bit more quickly? Well, there is a great shortcut to navigate between these different Target Adjustment tools.
Because these tools will be something that you'll be using quite often, let's go ahead and take a couple of minutes and learn these shortcuts. You can find them by navigating to the Tools pulldown menu and then selecting Target Adjustment. Now, here you can see we have the shortcuts for Hue, Saturation, and Luminance. If you're on a Mac, the shortcut is Shift+Option+Command+H, S or L. If you're on a PC, that's Shift+Alt+Ctrl+H, S or L. So, let's take a look at how the shortcut actually works.
So, if I want to work on the Hue, I hold down Shift+Option+Command on a Mac, Shift+Alt+Ctrl on a PC, then I press H. Here you can see that I'm now targeting that particular tool. Now, I'm actually going to keep that shortcut pressed down, because what that'll allow me to do is to make a change and then press S to go to Saturation and make a change on my Saturation, and then press L and make a change on my Luminance. So again, what you want to do is have this shortcut written down.
On a Mac, once again, it's Shift+Option+ Command, on a PC that's Shift+Alt+Ctrl, and the different letters, H, S, or L. All right, well, let's take a look at how we might actually work with this. I'll hold down the Option key on a Mac, Alt key on a PC, and I'm going to reset my Hue, my Saturation, and my Luminance. So, in a more realistic scenario, what I might actually do is decide, you know what my blues are a little bit oversaturated. So I'm going to go ahead and press my shortcut, Shift+Option+Command+S, or Shift+Alt+Ctrl+S, and then hover over these blues, and I'm going to go ahead and desaturate a little bit.
Next thing I decide is I want to brighten this up a touch, so I press that shortcut again, plus the L key, and then I'll go ahead and brighten those up. Now I've made changes to this particular area of my photograph without a lot of effort. That's the beauty of this tool is that we can make real specific changes to different areas of our photographs without a lot of effort.
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