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Just to provide you with some more variety in regards to examples of how we can work with HSL, we're going to be working on two different images here, monarch and annika_swing. Let's go ahead and navigate to the HSL panel. We can do so by clicking on the icon, or by pressing the shortcut, which I'm sure you're remembering and learning by now. It's Command+Option+4 on a Mac, or Ctrl+Alt+4 on Windows. Well, here we have this photograph of this monarch butterfly that was in my backyard. When I originally look at this image, this is the RAW file as it was captured.
I say, you know what, this looks phenomenal. The color is so good! Yet a lot of times what we can do is come to the HSL panel in order to make it, perhaps, even better. That's what we're going to do here. All that I want to do is go to my Luminance panel. I want to start to work on the tones here on the wing. So, what I can do is I can darken those up. As I darken them up, it just builds out the density. Even with this simple adjustment, here is our before and then after, the photograph is already looking better. Well, then, from here what I could do though is I could go to Saturation.
I could add a little bit of saturation to that. I could navigate to Hue. I could shift the Hue to make this more red or more orange, depending on how I want to go with this image. Now, I can also work on that background color as well. Here, I'll click on Saturation for the background, and I'm just going to boost that up a touch. Now we have these really bright and vivid and interesting colors in color combination. Now, if ever we want to make other changes, we can always go back to our controls to change Brightness values or color saturation for that matter. All right.
Well, let's look at our before and after. Here we have it, before and then after, a subtle, yet nonetheless, significant improvement to this photograph. Let's look at one more example. Well, here we have a photograph of my daughter Annika on a swing. A lot of times, the way that you'll use these HSL controls is to target a particular area. Sometimes, it might be that you just want to boost the brightness in an area, let's say, like this blue jeans here. Well, if we go to our Luminance panel, all that we need to do to boost that up is to simply increase that.
Now, if we look at our before and after, before, and then after, we just have a nice Brightness value there. We can do this with other colors as well. The orange is there, then the reds will work on that shirt a little bit. That's just adding some interesting vividness to this. Now, I'm not saturating, but I am changing brightness. Other times, what I have found is that some colors might be too bright. Therefore, I need to reduce the Luminance, or I might need to reduce the Saturation. Whatever the intent, just keep in mind that you can really focus in on specific colors.
In this case, let's look at our before and then after. So, now that you've been exposed to these tools, the trick is to figure out how to integrate them into your workflow. One of the things that I notice in the classroom is that a lot of my students find these controls -- they're kind of enamored with them. When they initially see them, they play with them. They have fun with them, but then they don't ever use them again. So, of course, the trick here is to keep these always in the back of our mind, whenever we're looking at our images to say hey! Would there be some benefit to going to these controls? Occasionally, simply by going here and experimenting, we can start to pick up different ways that we can use these controls in order to either correct or enhance our photographs.
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