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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Essential Training, author Chris Orwig provides a comprehensive look at Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. The course covers indispensable techniques such as importing, processing, and organizing images in the Library, correcting and adjusting images in the Develop module, and creating slideshows, web galleries, and print picture packages. In addition to exploring all of Lightroom 3's capabilities, this course is rich with creative tips and expert advice on photographic workflow. Exercise files accompany the course.
As you're discovering, one of the advantages of using HSL is that it allows you to bring out specific colors. Let's take a look at how we can do that here with this photograph. I am going to go ahead and zoom in on the photograph a little bit, and it's a photo of my wife with her mom and our two kids, and I love all the colors here and whatnot, except it's not warm enough for me. So this is what I'm going to do. I'm going to go ahead and navigate to my HSL controls and I'm going to click on the Target Adjustment tool and when I do that I'm going to hover over the face, which is going to give me a lot of the reds there.
We can see it's going to be reds and oranges and what I want to do is increase those, and by increasing those a lot of times by adding a little bit of red and orange, it can add a little bit more life to the photograph. I'm also going to work on my yellows a little bit, and might as well make the blues and the purples a little bit nice and saturated as well. Now the blues I want to be careful of, because I don't want to bring too much of that out, but just add a little bit there. All right, well let's look at our before and after so far. Here's the before and then the after. Already the image has much nicer life or much nicer quality to it.
I'll zoom in even a little bit further so you can see this better here and again our before and then our after. So what we thought was colorful wasn't very colorful until we made these subtle enhancements. Next, I'll navigate up to the Basic panel and here I'm going to go ahead and increase the overall color Temperature to have some nice warmth on this image. All right, well, if we want to take a look at the before and after here with this photograph, we're going to do so by pressing the Backslash key. Here is the before and then the after.
The image has much more life to it. Now, how did the HSL contribute to that? Because, obviously the warmth added quite a bit. Let's take a look. If you click on the flip switch here, we're going to see that this is our before, which is yellowed out a little bit, and it's a little bit kind of too uniform in its yellow color. Again, the faces don't have enough of that nice tone in them. If we flip this on, you're going to see that there's some more red. Let me zoom in once again so you can see that a little bit closer. Here is without the HSL adjustment, and then here is with those adjustments.
Now, in this particular case, while these adjustments are subtle, they're nonetheless significant and it adds to the overall feeling of the photograph, so it feels a little bit more interesting, and what it allows us to do is to maintain some of our white, so that everything hasn't become just so yellowed out, and it isn't a dead giveaway in regards to what's happened. We haven't just simply increased the color Temperature or decreased it one way or another. You don't necessarily know. Rather, we've improved the color in some fun ways.
Now once we've done this, we may want to go ahead and add a little bit of Vibrance, which is going to in turn even bring out some more of those weak colors. So, as you can see, we can use these HSL controls together in combination with some of our other controls to accomplish some even stronger results.
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