Join Tim Grey for an in-depth discussion in this video HSL adjustments, part of Photoshop CS6 Raw Workshop.
When the primary reason you photograph the particular subject was the color, there's a very good chance that you're going to really want to fine tune the colors in the photo, in order to produce the best results possible. The HSL, or Hue, Saturation and Luminance adjustments allow you to do exactly that. Fine-tuning the Hue, Saturation and Luminance on a per color basis. Let's take a look at these adjustments. I'll switch to the HSL greyscale section of adjustments. And then, I can take a look at Hue, Saturation and Luminance sliders. You'll notice that for Hue, Saturation and Luminance, we have sliders for each of the basic colors.
We've got reds, oranges, yellows, greens, aquas, blues, purples, and magentas. So, a considerable amount of control that we can exercise. Let's start off by taking a look at the yellows, for example. I can shift the Hue for the yellows more toward green or more toward orange. So, I can really fine-tune the color of specific areas within the image based on color value. I can also adjust Saturation for the yellow.
So, making just the yellows more vibrant or less vibrant, even making the yellows appear as a shade of grey. And I can adjust the Luminance where the brightness value just for the yellows. So, I can darken the yellows or brighten them. With Luminance, in particular, you'll usually want to apply a relatively modest adjustment. You won't want to take it too far in either direction as that can start to create a, sort of, muddy appearance in the image. And each of the adjustments, Hue, Saturation, Luminance applied to all of the individual colors. So for example, the sky looks like it's probably partly aqua ,and partly blue. So, we can shift the Luminance for aqua, that's not having too much of an effect. But we can also shift for blue which is having a stronger effect as you can see. So maybe I'll darken the blues, and perhaps I'll increase Saturation for the blues just a little bit.
And I could also shift the color value for the blues, a little bit more toward the purples and magentas, or a little bit more toward the cyans and greens. So, I can fine-tune the overall color value, the Hue, the overall intensity of the color, the Saturation. And the overall Brightness or the Luminance, and I can do so on a color by color basis in the photo.
- Opening RAW captures
- Setting Camera Raw preferences
- Evaluating with Preview
- Resetting adjustments
- Processing multiple images
- Basic adjustments
- Image transformation
- Camera calibration
- Focused adjustments