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Improving color by adjusting the hue and saturation

From: Photo Restoration with Photoshop

Video: Improving color by adjusting the hue and saturation

Have you ever looked at an old color photograph and thought the colors were just lackluster and boring? Even though it's not appropriate in every old color image you run across, sometimes they'll need just a little boost to make the color pop. One way of doing that is with a Hue/Saturation Adjustment layer. In order for the Hue/Saturation adjustment to work, the photo you want to work on has to have any colorcast removed. This particular photo doesn't have a strong colorcast, but that's something to keep in mind for any images you might have and try this on.

Improving color by adjusting the hue and saturation

Have you ever looked at an old color photograph and thought the colors were just lackluster and boring? Even though it's not appropriate in every old color image you run across, sometimes they'll need just a little boost to make the color pop. One way of doing that is with a Hue/Saturation Adjustment layer. In order for the Hue/Saturation adjustment to work, the photo you want to work on has to have any colorcast removed. This particular photo doesn't have a strong colorcast, but that's something to keep in mind for any images you might have and try this on.

Let's go to the Add a new fill or adjustment layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel and select Hue/ Saturation. This icon lets you modify the colors of an image by clicking on the color on the image itself. We'll click that and then move over to our image. Let's begin with a certain color, let's say the pink in this flower, which is in the Magenta channel. Holding your mouse button down, your right mouse button, slide this over. You can see how it deepened this color and these, but it also brought out the magentas in the background.

That's one reason I recommend you do each color on a different adjustment layer. Now you can go over to the mask and invert the color from white to black by holding down Ctrl+I or Command+I and invert it. Now go over to your toolbar, select your Brush tool, and paint the colors back in only where you want them. You can do all your colors on the same layer, but again, I recommend you don't, in case you want to go back and just adjust the one color, say you think, the pinks are little strong, but your yellows look good, and if it's on its own layer, then you can adjust just that color.

Now let's set another hue and saturation adjustment, going to your Create a new fill or adjustment layer, and again, Hue/Saturation. Click this icon. Let's move over to these purple flowers. Move the icon over. Again, we're going to invert our layer mask, because we've got some blues in here that we really don't want to bring out. Ctrl+I or Command+I to invert, brush tool from the tool panel, and paint in where you want the color.

Now let's do one more. Create a new fill or adjustment layer, Hue/Saturation, click our icon, and let's go with yellow this time. Hold down your mouse button, your right mouse button, and slide it over. Now I want to exaggerate this color for a reason. First we'll go over and see, we have to get rid of all this along the edges. Ctrl+I or Command+I to invert, and Brush tool. Paint in our yellow flowers that are rather bright now.

Let's see if there's any up here. If you have this situation where it just looks a little too bright, obviously, you probably wouldn't let something this bright get through, but if you want to adjust it, you can always go back, click your icon, go back down, adjust it that way, or you can lower the opacity of the layer at any time. You have options on how you want to adjust. Let's look at the before and the after. There's still a lot of work to do, but we brought out some colors that weren't there, made them pop just a little.

Sometimes a color image can benefit from a little saturation boost, as long as it's kept natural. The beauty of a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer is that you can always go back and tone it down if you think you may have overdone it. Try it on your lackluster color images and see if it's just the boost they need.

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Photo Restoration with Photoshop

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  1. 1m 33s
    1. Welcome
      48s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      13s
    3. Using the exercise files
      32s
  2. 16m 47s
    1. Customizing your workspace
      2m 17s
    2. Using layers
      1m 58s
    3. Assessing the damage
      1m 52s
    4. Rebuilding color channels in a grayscale image
      3m 47s
    5. Using a Black & White adjustment layer
      1m 57s
    6. Using the Clone Stamp, Healing Brush, and Patch tools
      4m 56s
  3. 27m 30s
    1. Fixing a faded black-and-white photo
      2m 20s
    2. Removing small splits, specks, and spots
      3m 44s
    3. Repairing red-eye
      4m 58s
    4. Reducing paper texture
      4m 34s
    5. Reducing dot patterns in printed photos
      3m 51s
    6. Fixing lens distortion
      4m 19s
    7. Straightening a crooked image
      3m 44s
  4. 24m 16s
    1. Fixing large rips, tears, and other damage
      3m 9s
    2. Removing long scratches
      3m 24s
    3. Fixing creases
      5m 8s
    4. Stitching large photos using Photomerge
      3m 17s
    5. Reassembling torn photos
      4m 56s
    6. Replacing missing pieces
      4m 22s
  5. 27m 55s
    1. Removing stains
      3m 48s
    2. Removing ink marks
      2m 34s
    3. Repairing adhesive tape damage on a black-and-white photo
      2m 14s
    4. Repairing adhesive tape damage on a color photo
      6m 1s
    5. Fixing mold damage
      5m 20s
    6. Reducing starburst light glare
      5m 11s
    7. Reducing eyeglass light glare
      2m 47s
  6. 21m 32s
    1. Understanding the basics of levels
      2m 50s
    2. Understanding the basics of curves
      3m 29s
    3. Finding the black, white, and gray points in an image
      3m 28s
    4. Adjusting color levels by channel
      1m 58s
    5. Making selective contrast adjustments
      4m 48s
    6. Adjusting image shadows and highlights
      4m 59s
  7. 18m 13s
    1. Adjusting color with the Photo Filter adjustment
      2m 23s
    2. Correcting color casts using inverse color correction
      3m 2s
    3. Correcting color problems using the Color Balance adjustment
      3m 19s
    4. Correcting color casts using the Variations command
      3m 55s
    5. Correcting color by combining levels and curves
      1m 44s
    6. Improving color by adjusting the hue and saturation
      3m 50s
  8. 33m 14s
    1. Removing distracting elements
      5m 35s
    2. Repairing and recreating backgrounds
      7m 43s
    3. Extracting areas using masks
      5m 5s
    4. Matching colors in elements you add
      4m 11s
    5. Matching textures
      4m 45s
    6. Replacing facial features and missing body parts
      5m 55s
  9. 29m 59s
    1. Converting to black and white
      4m 48s
    2. Enhancing faded color
      3m 30s
    3. Smoothing a subject's skin
      4m 2s
    4. Enhancing black-and-white photos with duotone
      2m 34s
    5. Enhancing the eyes
      4m 10s
    6. Bringing out facial features with light
      5m 22s
    7. Sharpening
      5m 33s
  10. 32m 32s
    1. Assessing the damage
      1m 26s
    2. Repairing the crack
      1m 52s
    3. Replacing the missing body parts
      3m 5s
    4. Removing the specks, spots, and scratches
      3m 7s
    5. Fixing the missing corner
      1m 14s
    6. Lightening the stains
      5m 22s
    7. Restoring the faded tone in the face
      3m 8s
    8. Balancing the tone in the image
      1m 58s
    9. Evening the color with a Black & White adjustment layer
      49s
    10. Cleaning up the image
      2m 24s
    11. Adding definition to the face
      2m 20s
    12. Softening the image
      58s
    13. Sharpening the image
      2m 4s
    14. Bringing back some of the original tone
      1m 34s
    15. Comparing the image before and after
      1m 11s
  11. 24s
    1. Final thoughts
      24s

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