Color and Saturation in Lightroom Classic CC
the next skill I want to teach you is how to adjust colors and saturation. So we're gonna be looking at overall saturation and then also diving into the H. S. L. Panel down here where you can actually adjust individual colors. And we're gonna be able to change things like the color of a flower, the color of the sky and lots of cool stuff there. Let's go to this image of our night sky and let's drag up here, I'm going to close down the H. S. L. Panel for now. At the bottom of our basic options, we have this presence, we have clarity vibrance and saturation starting at the bottom. Let's look at saturation, dragging that to the right. Will make everything all parts of your image more colorful, more vibrant colors, dragging to the left, we'll get rid of the colors all the way to the left, will make it black and white. So that's a quick way to add more color to your photo. And that looks cool for this image because it's kind of hard to tell what should be natural or not having. Actually mor...
e color looks better if we go to this photo of Will and we dragged the saturation up though pretty quickly it starts to look a little unnatural right for faces and skin tones. The saturation slider is not the best one to use, That's what the Vibrance one is good for vibrance is similar to saturation in that when you drag to the right colors do become a little bit more vibrant but it doesn't so intelligently by increasing the saturation of all colors except for the range around most skin tones. So dragging this up, you can see that colors like the greens, the reds of will shirt get more vibrant but Will's skin stays a little bit more natural. You can really see with my face because I know that I have a lot of red in my skin. If I drag the saturation, it's like, wow, my skin looks crazy. I mean the background of this photo looks really crazy too, but dragging up the vibrance looks a lot better. It's a lot more natural if you want to add color for a portrait stick with vibrance clarity is not related to really color. So I'll just mention it really quickly though. It basically adds a little bit of sharpness and detail to an image. If I go extreme, you can see what happens, you can see all the details of the My hair, of my 5:00 shadow, my freckles, my moles, everything. If I go all the way the left, it gets super sort of dreamy soft and so typically if I'm doing like landscape photography or nature, I'll add a little bit of clarity, you can see for this image, you might want that to look kind of like a grungy style and then maybe for portraits, I'll drop it down just a little bit, but that's not really related to saturation and color. So we're going to kind of leave it at that. Okay, so that's basic saturation and color again, if you want to make it quickly into a black and white image, just drop the saturation all the way down and do that. Now let's look at the H. S. L. Panel. Okay, so here you might see all of them lined up like this or you can click the individual ones, hue saturation, luminant or all. What are these Hugh. And if you remember the color section of this course Hugh is basically where the color is in the color wheel and color spectrum. And so we can pick specific colors and change what it looks like. Let's actually go to our flour here. So we can pick the yellow slider and adjust if we want this color to be more green or more orange. If we want this background green, blue, I would probably pick this like aqua and we can adjust that as well. So that's actually changing in individual colors color. You can also make an individual color looked brighter or darker. So that's what not brighter or darker. More saturated or less saturated and that's with saturation. And so we can take the yellow and drop the saturation there. You also can make it brighter and darker and that's what luminous is so luminous is the brightness or darkness, basically the exposure of an individual color. So if we want all the yellow to be a little bit darker, we can drop down the yellow slider brighter, we can bring it up. So this is a cool example. Let's go to this photo because this one has multiple colors. Where we could say we want to make the background de saturated this green, but the red pop a little bit more. Let's go to our saturation and bring down the green. And then for the red, let's bring the red maybe more like the magenta up just a little bit. So that's kind of a way to blindly go about it. We can do this a better way in each of these tabs. You see this little dot right here, that's sort of like an eye dropper. It's a tool that allows you to adjust a specific color in your image by clicking on it. So for saturation, if I click this and then I click the green in the image and then drag up or down and adjusted. So if I want to add more saturation it brings it up and you can notice that it's also bringing up some of the aqua because there's some aqua tones or hues in there, bringing it down all the way, keep dragging its going to drag everything including the aqua is down. So we want to decrease that, I can keep this tool on and then click the red and drag up and you might need to do a couple of different parts just to get the entire image shirt colors, something like that really makes his shirt pop out and this actually looks better because then the background doesn't look as saturated. I'm going to bring down some of the yellows as well. You've got to be careful though because if you bring some colors like yellows down all the way you get rid of the color in Will's face and he looks like a zombie, which may be what you want. So you might want to combat it by going back and bringing up the saturation of his face just a little bit, which will bring back some of the color up here. But it's okay you want people's faces to look natural so we can do the same thing with the sky. Let's do the hue, Take this color picker now select the sky and adjust, it's too pink and you see it's getting a lot of the building as well. This walt Disney Hall because there's a lot of reflection in there of the sky, so that's why you see it. But I think it looks, I mean it doesn't look natural that the sky is pink but it looks natural that the building is pink. If the sky is pink as well, if we don't want it to be pink we can try to go to saturation and go in here. No that's gonna get all the pink in the sky as well. This one's gonna be harder, you could create masks and do different things which is a little bit more advanced and we'll be looking at some of those tools in a second but for now that's the H. S. L. Panel. We also have these other two tabs down here color and black and white color basically does the same thing but it's Going one color at a time. So you can select, let's go to this flower, select yellow and now you can adjust the hue saturation and illuminates all in one sort of window rather than going from one to the next. Okay, black and white. If we go here it turns everything into a black and white image and this is really where you can get creative with your black and white image because by playing with different color mixes, it can create a cool black and white image. So say we want the yellows to be a little bit darker. Can take those down. I don't know if there was much orange. Yeah, we can bring up the orange read, there wasn't really much of green in the background. Yeah, aqua in the background. So you can see that you can come up with a cool style playing with the black and white mix using this BMW tab, awesome. So that's a deep dive into saturation and color in adobe lightroom, Classic CC and in the next lesson we'll move on to sharpening and noise reduction