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

    | Photography for Beginners | 12/04/2013 00:01am
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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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    Posted on Friday, April 12th, 2013 at 12:01 am under Photography for Beginners.

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