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Color Techniques For Retouching

Lesson 12 of 30

Hue Saturation & Vibrancy Adjustment Layers


Color Techniques For Retouching

Lesson 12 of 30

Hue Saturation & Vibrancy Adjustment Layers


Lesson Info

Hue Saturation & Vibrancy Adjustment Layers

All right so let me go back here and we are gonna go to hue saturation. (singing) And you get to look at me! Glorious me! All right, I don't know why I'm singing today. It's just a singing day, lucky you. All right, hue saturation is probably one of the most common adjustment layers that is used out there. Let me just go ahead and put some stuff away here so you don't have to look at that. You can just look at me. All right, so hue saturation is a window that allows you to control what the hue is. Or color, right? What color. So, do you see I'm switching from the wicked witch (chuckles) to someone who got sunburned to Guardians of the Galaxy. I can run the whole gamut here and that's a generic master hue, but in addition to that, you can control the saturation. You can bring the tone down. We talked about this at the beginning... or over saturate it. I can darken things, lighten things all within hue. You know, you can do all this with Curves, too. So again, we're talking about wow, yo...

u can do the same stuff but why would you choose to do it here versus other places? In addition to that you can colorize. Okay, so you can put a color on it and colorize works very much like if you had the layer mode on color. All you're getting here is a value change when I switch this. So, what do I mean by that? I mean if I had... I'm gonna put a black mask on this. All right, if I did that versus a soller color... Solid color excuse me. I'm just gonna pick green because it's fun and put it on color... Oh be quiet. All right, we're having a little technical thing here, but don't mind. Anyway, these two are very similar. Very similar in what they do, but hue gives you more control than you have in here. So, you can't control lightness very easily here can you? You can't control saturation. You can, it's just not quite as easy as doing it here. So again, two of the same things, different ways of getting there. I'm gonna go ahead and leave that mask on there and I wanna talk now... Oh, wait a minute. Look at all these colors under here. So now, within hue saturation you can say hey, those reds and just those reds. I'd like to slide them over and add a little yellow to the reds, or I'd like to add a little magenta to just the reds, okay? Wanna zero that out. I'd do the blues but you're not really gonna see anything, 'cause there aren't any blues in there. Do you see that 'cause I'm just saying hey blue, you friendly little blue you. I'd like to change you but there are no blues in here, so you're not gonna see it. So what does that mean? That means you actually can do selective color changing with hue saturation without having to mask it out. So that's kind of handy. Cyan... My eyes aren't very cyan either. Maybe some green in there? My eyes are just neutral gray. Is that basically what that means? Yeah, there's nothing in there. All right, so we're gonna stick to the reds here for now. Let me just reset this. So again, I can add color or tone... Change color I should say and add tone, take away tone. Take away tone. Add tone. This is all in hue saturation, okay? I'm gonna show you some more stuff in here so hang on there. What else do I wanna show you? All right. I'm gonna reset this for a second. Now, when you shift your colors, there's a few keys going on here. So, I'm back in the reds. Do you see the color bar on the top here? Color bar on the top is where your color was at. The original? The color bar on the bottom shows you where your color has shifted to, okay? So, I've gone from this orangy-red to a magenta purple-red and you can actually slide these and change 'em even further. I hesitate to suggest you getting to this part right now because it gets a little confusing. This is one of those points I wanted to illustrate where Photoshop can get a little nutsy and a little complicated. I'm not saying that this isn't right for everybody. I think you should pick and choose your battles. So, when you're talking about the functions, and one of the things you'll notice especially in the handouts, I have a lot of callouts on what things do. I never touch 'em. Never touch 'em. I don't go into that auto-function and go down into the deep levels of Photoshop. It's available to you. I just find that... How do I want to phrase this? I just wanna get my job done, you know? I just wanna color correct the face and I don't have enough time to go into like the 75,000 little extra functions that Photoshop has. Somebody does. Somebody absolutely has the time to do that and that's awesome and have a good time doing that. I don't so I'm just gonna give you a little taste, a little bit of some of these and then you guys are free to explore whatever you want inside this room. I'm gonna show you real quickly a section that I don't... I never use this. I probably should. There's probably someone in internet land that will tell you that this is a great function, but it's the vibrancy hue saturation adjustment layer. Let me say that again. It's the vibrance. So, there's two here. Do you see that there's hue saturation and there's vibrance? And the best I can explain how I understand the vibrance is that in a more gentle way, it tries to bring up or bring down the colors that are out of gamut in range and bring 'em closer together, so I think I would like to illustrate it as it's a kinder gentler hue saturation, but because of that, my personal choice and it's just me... That's taking the saturation down. That's taking the saturation up. I think I'd rather just stick to hue saturation and be a little less heavy-handed about it. There's gonna be someone out there in internet land who absolutely has a reason that this is the best thing in God's earth and that's totally true for them and that's great, but for me I find that it's... I have yet on a single job ever found a reason to use this. So, doesn't mean it's not valuable. It just means for me it's not in my workflow, okay?

Class Description

There are countless options for manipulating, changing and correcting color your photographs. Clear up the confusion by joining professional finisher, Lisa Carney in her exclusive class focusing just on color. In this course, Lisa will identify and clarify different adjustment layers, walk through a professional’s workflow for color correction, and dive into working with curves.

You’ll learn:

  • How to work with gradient fills and gradient maps
  • Working with Hue and Saturation
  • Setting up a Color workflow system
  • Using Gradient Maps for Color Correction
  • How to use curves for matching color and tone

Handle color like a pro by learning from one of the best retouchers in Hollywood. Join Lisa for this extensive and in-depth look on working with color in Photoshop®.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2017



Another awesome course by Lisa Carney, packed full of information This course is really a comprehensive look at colors ... I learned so much, and even stuff I thought I knew pretty well, I found some pretty eye opening new information. I find Lisa Carney to be a wonderful teacher. When she has an important point to make she'll say her point, pause and then repeat what she just said, just to lock it into your memory. Fantastic. Side note: I signed up for the CreativeLive creative pass as soon as I realized how great all of Lisa Carney's classes are. I'd started to buy them one by one and quickly realized they are all wonderful. You can watch this class from beginning to end and get great information ... but to get the most bang for the buck you'll want to pause, hit rewind, get a cup of coffee, open Photoshop and try out her tips while you watch. There are sections I rewound and watched about 5 times, to be sure I understood all the subtle points. Lisa Carney is pretty amazing - she works really hard to thoroughly explain the process she uses to solve problems, and she never glosses over anything important. To cover a particular point, she'll start with a finished file with all the layers - and instead of simply explaining each layer like a mortal would do, she'll literally delete all the adjustment layers and start from scratch to show the process. This is incredibly empowering since it gives you an understanding of just how easy the process can be once you get the hang of it


This is an EXCELLENT class for Photoshop users! Lisa is very professional, knowledgeable and, also, a delight to watch and listen to! Not only that she explains the concepts but she also shares her own experience and her practical ways of using those concepts! Great, great class! Thank you, Lisa and CreativeLive!

a Creativelive Student

This course has an abundance of useful information along with professional tips based on actual field experience. This course is definitely one I will come back to from time to time to reiterate the information. For this reason the way it is organised is perfect to find information about a specific technique or adjustment layer. It is well composed with some humour and advanced information. Loved it and highly recommend it for people who want to deal with the little details and get things exactly the way they want. Not suitable for lazy or sloppy people who just want to get the job good enough for sharing but don't care about getting it perfect for print.