Color Photography: 5 photo editing tools that will save any image

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Best photo editing tools for adjusting color – Hue/Saturation

Best photo editing tools for adjusting color - Hue/Saturation

Before

The Hue/Saturation dialog works in a subtly different way. The Hue slider shifts all the colors along the color spectrum. This can solve some color problems, but the effects can be unpredictable and hard to control.

At the same time, you have a Saturation slider for increasing the strength of all the colors in the image. Our original image was shot on an overcast day and has distorted and flat-looking colors.

Best photo editing tools for adjusting color - Hue/Saturation

After

We can try to boost the colors by increasing the Saturation level, but this also exaggerates the unwelcome red/purple cast in the brickwork beneath the ivy leaves.

Best photo editing tools for adjusting color - Hue/Saturation

Extreme

The solution is to adjust the colors independently. First choose the nearest color from the pop-up in the Hue/Saturation ‘Edit’ menu.

Then use the eyedropper to click on the part of the image you want to alter. Your hue and saturation changes will be applied to this range of colors only. Our final shot features ‘reddened’ brickwork and greener leaves.

PAGE 1: Best photo editing tools for adjusting color – Color balance
PAGE 2: Best photo editing tools for adjusting color – Hue/Saturation
PAGE 3: Best photo editing tools for adjusting color – Levels
PAGE 4: Best photo editing tools for adjusting color – Curves
PAGE 5: Best photo editing tools for adjusting color – Brightness/Contrast
PAGE 6: Taking it further in the digital darkroom

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