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In Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6, Chris Orwig provides in-depth training on Camera Raw 6, the CS5 component that enables photographers to open and manipulate images in non-destructive and now even more efficient ways. This course covers the benefits of the raw processing, which makes it possible to more precisely control an image's appearance—exposure, shadow and highlight detail, color balance, sharpness, and more—including new workflow procedures and technical concepts and issues. Learn the entire Camera Raw workflow, from opening and resizing, toning and cropping, to sharpening and saving. Exercise files are included with the course.
The HSL controls inside of Adobe Camera Raw give you just hands-down incredible control of different aspects of your image, whether it's Hue, Saturation, or Luminosity. What I want to do here is simply deconstruct how these controls work. So let's go ahead and navigate over to the HSL panel. We can do so by clicking on the icon here, or by pressing the shortcut key. On a Mac, that's Command+Option+4; on Windows, that's Ctrl+Alt+4. Now, the first thing that you see here is that we have these different panels: Hue, Saturation, or Luminance.
Well, let's start off with Hue. What we can do is we can modify this demo file that I've created. One of things that's interesting about this is we can shift the Hue one way or another. Here you can see I'm primarily affecting the red, although this will reach into some of the other colors as well. One of the things that's interesting about this is what we can do is we can push colors one way or another. Now, we can't exactly, completely change color, but here you can see what I'm doing is I'm just minimizing my color variety. You can start to see how these colors are connected.
In other words, I can't fully make my red green, but I can shift this to be a little bit more magenta, or to be a little bit more orange. Now my oranges, I can make those either more red or yellow; my yellows, more orange, or more green. So again, we can see how all of these different controls work together. Now, if ever you want to reset this, simply click on Default, it will take everything back to normal. All right. Well, what about Saturation? Well, as the name implies, what we can do here is simply choose a particular color.
We can then de-saturate that color in order to remove that from the image. In this case, you can see how it slowly built up the de-saturation. Now, one slider won't be able to target one particular color, because we know that color really is a mixture of other colors. So, for example, when I increase the blues we can see I'm also increasing the aqua and the purples. So just keep in mind that those all are related together. Okay. Let's click Default. What about Luminance? Well, Luminance is basically brightness value.
Brightness value will in turn affect the color, but also affect the overall brightness of that area. So, for example, Reds. We'll go ahead and brighten those up. Well, now it's a different shade of red. Click and drag to darken. Now, that's also a different shade of red as well. It's a deep, dark red. So, just think of this kind of as the White value, or the Brightness value of that color. What we can do here is darken this up, and it's going to affect different colors in different ways, because different colors, by nature of the actual color, have different brightness values.
So here, you can see that my aqua is still pretty bright, and this one, if I brighten it up all the way, and also let's say do a Blues, it almost becomes white. So it's kind of interesting that as we start to target the Luminance values of different areas, we can in turn control the color, but that's also going to depend on what color it is, and what brightness value it started at. But regardless, we now have these controls to really target specific areas of our photograph. Let's go ahead and click Default. Well, how then could this work out photographically? Well, photographically, what we might want to do say is darken the blue in the sky, make it a little bit more dense.
We could then click and drag to the left, really focusing in on the Blues and Aquas and Purples of the sky, and not affecting the rest of the image. All right! Well, now that we've been introduced to Hue, Saturation, and Luminance, let's take a look at how we can apply this knowledge to working on some photographs, and we'll do that in the subsequent movies.
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