Join Julieanne Kost for an in-depth discussion in this video Customizing color using HSL, part of Adobe Camera Raw Essential Training.
- It's very easy to create a sort of faded look in Camera Raw using the Hue Saturation and Luminosity, and the interesting thing about this technique is that it can really help draw the viewer's eye to a specific area of the image. We can use the HSL sliders to saturate some areas to draw attention to certain parts of the image and then desaturate other areas and de-emphasizing those objects in the scene. So let's scoot over to the HSL and Grayscale panel.
I'll select Saturation and I'm going to decrease the saturation of all of these color ranges to about 50%. Now once I've set one I could do a quick copy using Command-C or Control-C on Windows, tap the Tab key to go to the next text entry, and then just use Command-V to paste or Control-V on Windows. So I tap Tab, Command-V, Tab, paste, Tab, paste, Tab, paste all the way through all the color ranges.
Okay, so this is my starting point, but now I'm going to adjust the amount of color in each one of these color ranges because to just make them all fade at the same amount would be the same as going to the Basic panel and just decreasing Saturation or Vibrance. So here I'm gonna decrease the yellows and the oranges even more, and I can do that by either clicking on a slider and moving it or I could grab my Targeted Adjustment tool for Saturation.
So I can select that from the menu here or I can use the keyboard shortcut Command-Option-Shift-S for Saturation, or Control-Alt-Shift-S for Saturation on Windows. Then I just click in the yellow area and drag down in order to desaturate, or I would drag up in order to saturate. So I'm gonna desaturate this a little bit more. I can also click in the reds and then just drag down a little bit to desaturate the reds and the oranges, and then in order to saturate the truck, I'll click in the blue area and drag up.
So you can see how quickly I can customize the look of this image placing the importance on the truck. Let's go ahead and take a snapshot of that. I'll click on the snapshot icon, click on the plus icon here, and we'll name this blue truck. I'll click OK and now I'll return back to the HSL / Grayscale panel and let's put these back at -50. We'll do that for each one and just copy that, tap the Tab key and we'll paste that into each one of the color ranges.
And then this time I'm going to click on the truck and drag down with the Saturation Targeted Adjustment tool to desaturate that. I'll click and drag up in the yellows in order to enhance them and add saturation. And then don't forget you can also move to the Hue silder or to the Luminance slider and make adjustments here as well. So if I select Luminance, Camera Raw will automatically select the Luminance Targeted Adjustment tool so now I could click and drag down in order to darken the truck, or I could click and drag up to lighten it.
Really it's your preference. Now we'll go back to the snapshots. I'll add a new snapshot. We'll call this yellow sign. I'll click OK and we can see how easy it is to toggle back and forth between these two states by either selecting the blue truck snapshot, or the yellow sign. So there you have it, a great way to subtly change what's important in your image by using color in Camera Raw.
- Comparing raw and JPEG files
- Correcting lens distortion and perspective correction
- Removing chromatic aberration
- Cropping and straightening a tilted horizon
- Fixing color cast with the White Balance tool
- Revealing shadow and highlight detail
- Sharpening and reducing noise
- Removing haze and adding clarity
- Making localized adjustments
- Converting to black and white
- Emulating film grain
- Adding vignettes
- Retouching portraits: skin, eyes, and teeth
- Automating corrections
- Merging images for panoramas or HDR images