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Modifying color and tone

From: Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6

Video: Modifying color and tone

One of the best ways how to learn to work with the HSL controls is to pick an image that's really colorful, like this particular one that I captured in Mexico, and then to modify these different controls in order to see what we can do, in order to change the overall effect. Well, this image currently, to me, looks really, really colorful. Let's see if we can push this even further. Let's go ahead and navigate to our HSL controls here. We can do so by clicking on this icon, or by pressing Command+Option+4 on a Mac, Ctrl+Alt+4 on a PC.

Modifying color and tone

One of the best ways how to learn to work with the HSL controls is to pick an image that's really colorful, like this particular one that I captured in Mexico, and then to modify these different controls in order to see what we can do, in order to change the overall effect. Well, this image currently, to me, looks really, really colorful. Let's see if we can push this even further. Let's go ahead and navigate to our HSL controls here. We can do so by clicking on this icon, or by pressing Command+Option+4 on a Mac, Ctrl+Alt+4 on a PC.

Now, one of the first things I want to do here is work on Saturation. So, I'll click on that tab, and then I'm going to go ahead and increase the saturation of my Reds and also my Oranges and then crank up those Yellows. I'm going to go to the Luminance option here, and I want to bring up the Brightness value. There you can see that we can just really light up those Yellows and brighten those up quite a bit. We'll do the same thing with the Oranges there, and then the Reds, we can find a nice spot for those as well. I want to darken those, so I have that nice, deep red there. Well, already just with a couple of simple adjustments, here we have our before and then our after.

Of course, what we can do here is go further. If we want to get into the Greens there, we could change the brightness value of those. We could also go under the Saturation, and we could change the saturation of those tones as well. There's just a touch of blue in the image and aqua, so let's bring those colors out. Then we can kind of have some fun over here with the Hue slider. What the Hue sliders allow us to do is to shift the overall color one way or another. Sometimes, what you can do is find just a nice subtle shift, in this case, perhaps just a little bit more this way to affect that particular area of the image.

Again, we can go through these different areas and change the color one way or another, however we want, in order to create this particular effect. Now, of course, another thing that we could do, if we are playing with this, we can go to our Saturation panel and say, what would happen if I were to de-saturate everything, except for perhaps a couple of colors? Well, again, here what we could come up with is something kind of interesting, where we just have this particular aesthetic, or we could take out all the color together and then bring back in, again, just particular colors in an exaggerated way, in order to come up with, perhaps, something that's completely different that we couldn't have really created any other way.

So, one of the things that I encourage you to do, in order to understand how to work with HSL, is to use this image or to use one of your own images and just start to play with these different controls, so that you can, in a sense, deconstruct how they work and also deconstruct how they work together, because a lot of times what you're going to do is you're going to modify the Hue a little bit, go to Saturation, jump back and jump over to Luminance, kind of make your way back and forth between these different controls until you come to the particular desired effect that you want for an image.

Now, after you've done that, a lot of times what you'll do is simply click Default and take all these settings back to Normal, and then say, okay, well what does this image actually need? Now that I've played with it, what do I actually want to do here? Well, in this particular case, what I think we want to do is go to Luminance. We want to darken up those Reds a little bit. When we darken up the Reds, they become a little bit too muted. There's too much black in them. So we go to Saturation, and then we brighten up the color saturation of the Reds. Once we do that, we lose a little bit of the yellow, so we'll go back and bring back some of the saturation of the Oranges and Yellows.

Then go into that Luminance channel and just brighten those up as well, have nice tones there, as well as the overall image in that sense. At this juncture, I think this image looks much better. It's much more vibrant. We're really controlling the colors in some unique ways. We'll press the P key. Here we have our before, what we originally thought was colorful, and then press the P key again, and now after, the photograph looks that much better.

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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6

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  1. 8m 57s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. Should I use Adobe Camera Raw or Photoshop?
      3m 22s
    3. What is Camera Raw?
      3m 45s
    4. Using the exercise files
      56s
  2. 21m 7s
    1. Bridge overview and preferences
      4m 9s
    2. Camera Raw preferences
      3m 17s
    3. Raw vs. JPG or TIFF files
      3m 5s
    4. Choosing a native raw file or a digital negative (DNG)
      6m 13s
    5. Converting or saving to the DNG format
      4m 23s
  3. 28m 44s
    1. Project overview: Cover photo shoot
      2m 6s
    2. Auto-toning and correcting white balance
      3m 3s
    3. Cropping and composing
      2m 35s
    4. Enhancing color and tone
      2m 39s
    5. Removing distractions
      2m 46s
    6. Sharpening and noise reduction
      2m 29s
    7. Converting to black and white
      2m 24s
    8. Adding a vignette
      2m 10s
    9. Making a localized correction
      1m 45s
    10. Creating snapshots of memorable looks
      3m 11s
    11. Re-editing Camera Raw settings
      57s
    12. Working with multiple adjustments
      2m 39s
  4. 16m 13s
    1. Navigating the interface and the toolbar
      5m 5s
    2. Image adjustment tabs and panels
      5m 8s
    3. Using the histogram
      2m 4s
    4. Previewing before and after different adjustments
      2m 4s
    5. Working with multiple files
      1m 52s
  5. 23m 17s
    1. Opening raw files in Bridge
      6m 3s
    2. Opening JPGs and TIFFs in Bridge
      3m 28s
    3. Accessing Camera Raw from Mini Bridge
      2m 57s
    4. Resizing in Camera Raw with workflow options
      3m 35s
    5. Saving from Camera Raw
      3m 5s
    6. Opening an image as a Smart Object
      1m 41s
    7. Creating a duplicate file
      2m 28s
  6. 13m 56s
    1. Using the Crop and Straighten tools
      2m 23s
    2. Working with the Crop tool
      3m 39s
    3. Cropping with an aspect ratio
      2m 26s
    4. Composing with the Crop tool
      2m 33s
    5. Creative cropping
      2m 55s
  7. 10m 29s
    1. Improving color balance
      2m 23s
    2. Using the White Balance tool and controls
      1m 35s
    3. Color correcting with white balance cards
      2m 31s
    4. White balance vision and creativity
      2m 22s
    5. Color balance resources
      1m 38s
  8. 30m 17s
    1. Deconstructing the basic adjustments
      3m 59s
    2. Recovering highlights
      2m 29s
    3. Making basic exposure enhancements
      1m 59s
    4. Making basic adjustments more quickly
      2m 18s
    5. The relationship between tone and color
      2m 40s
    6. Enhancing color and tone
      1m 9s
    7. Demystifying clarity
      3m 36s
    8. Increasing clarity
      3m 48s
    9. Understanding Vibrance and Saturation
      2m 28s
    10. Improving color with Vibrance
      2m 4s
    11. Using Vibrance and Saturation together
      1m 38s
    12. Color creativity
      2m 9s
  9. 8m 55s
    1. Learning about the parametric and point tone curves
      4m 53s
    2. Using the parametric curve
      2m 7s
    3. Using the point curve
      1m 55s
  10. 15m 29s
    1. Removing blemishes on a face
      4m 36s
    2. Cloning away small background distractions
      3m 37s
    3. Removing distracting background elements
      1m 55s
    4. Cleaning up a studio background
      1m 31s
    5. Removing dust on the lens or the camera sensor
      2m 25s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 25s
  11. 46m 13s
    1. Demystifying the Adjustment Brush
      3m 37s
    2. Correcting exposure by brightening shadows
      2m 23s
    3. Painting an effect into a photograph
      4m 41s
    4. Increasing visual interest by brightening shadows
      4m 3s
    5. Increasing visual interest by heightening saturation
      5m 0s
    6. Whitening teeth
      3m 33s
    7. Adding color to makeup
      5m 58s
    8. Changing color
      4m 12s
    9. Selective sharpening
      6m 8s
    10. Eye sharpening and skin smoothing workflow
      4m 28s
    11. Creating custom Adjustment Brush presets
      2m 10s
  12. 11m 33s
    1. Enhancing the foreground and background of an image with the Graduated Filter
      4m 55s
    2. Reducing exposure with the Graduated Filter
      3m 15s
    3. Creative effects with the Graduated Filter
      3m 23s
  13. 33m 26s
    1. Noise reduction
      6m 33s
    2. Reducing noise and sharpening
      6m 36s
    3. Sharpening more effectively
      7m 18s
    4. Edge sharpening in an architectural photograph
      3m 1s
    5. Sharpening a portrait
      2m 3s
    6. Using the Detail panel to soften skin
      7m 55s
  14. 16m 18s
    1. Introducing HSL
      3m 38s
    2. Modifying color and tone
      3m 52s
    3. Enhancing a fashion photograph
      3m 5s
    4. Enhancing color and tone with HSL
      3m 16s
    5. Getting creative with color
      2m 27s
  15. 13m 59s
    1. The black-and-white controls
      2m 43s
    2. A simple black-and-white conversion
      2m 5s
    3. Using multiple panels to create a black-and-white image
      3m 52s
    4. Creating a dramatic black-and-white landscape
      5m 19s
  16. 6m 40s
    1. Traditional black-and-white toning
      3m 26s
    2. Toning a color photo creatively
      3m 14s
  17. 11m 17s
    1. Deconstructing the Lens Correction controls
      3m 48s
    2. Correcting lens vignette
      1m 59s
    3. Correcting lens vignette more quickly
      1m 21s
    4. Correcting chromatic aberration and defringing
      4m 9s
  18. 16m 30s
    1. Understanding the Effects controls
      5m 54s
    2. Using the Post Crop Vignette for creative effects
      3m 23s
    3. Adding film grain to a black-and-white image
      2m 18s
    4. Adding film grain with Camera Raw and Photoshop
      4m 55s
  19. 14m 4s
    1. Introducing the Camera Calibration panel
      3m 39s
    2. Comparing color options with Snapshot
      2m 47s
    3. Creative color with the Camera Calibration controls
      4m 48s
    4. Camera Calibration resources
      2m 50s
  20. 9m 41s
    1. Introducing presets
      2m 27s
    2. Applying presets to multiple images
      3m 9s
    3. Preset resources
      4m 5s
  21. 10m 0s
    1. Quick raw processing of multiple files
      4m 38s
    2. Recording an action
      3m 15s
    3. Batch processing multiple images
      2m 7s
  22. 13m 52s
    1. Creative vivid color
      3m 30s
    2. Working with split toning
      2m 14s
    3. Applying soft and warm colors
      1m 25s
    4. Adding warm, muted colors
      2m 28s
    5. Adding and reducing false color
      4m 15s
  23. 7m 58s
    1. Additional resources
      3m 11s
    2. Camera Raw and Lightroom
      4m 19s
    3. Goodbye
      28s

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