Adjusting colors using Hue/Saturation in Adobe Photoshop CS5

This DIY post is going to instruct you how to adjust colors in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

There are a variety of ways to adjust color levels in Photoshop but this post will focus on the Hue/Saturation option.

Start by going to the Hue/Saturation tool which is found through the Image menu.

Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation (or shortcut ctrl + U)

This will open the Hue/Saturation pop-up window:

Under the Preset option you can choose from a variety of preset options to perform such effects as: Red Boost, Saturation Increase, Sepia, Old Style or Yellow Boost.

You can check these out and see if they give you the desired effect.

Under the sub-menu, which is preset to master, we can choose from the six color channels that we would like to adjust.

After selecting your desired channel you can start by adjusting the hue.  This will effect the overall color, for example adjusting blues to look more like purple or yellows to look more like orange.

After this we can adjust the saturation, this will effect the amount that color will show, or how close to it “actual” pigment it will render.

After this we can adjust the Lightness, this will effect the amount of black or white mixed in the color depending on which direction you move the slider.

With the preview box checked you should be able to reference your image to ensure you get the proper color that you would like.

After you have reached your desired look, hit OK and proceed with the rest of your image adjustments.

-Dennis Tolan

~ by tolandennis on February 7, 2011.

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