Selective Tonal Corrections

Skipping the Detail tab for now, we intensify the red of the crab's claws using the tools included in the HSL/Grayscale tab JI (figure 5-47). Here, we perform three simple corrections:

► We increase the saturation of the red in the crab's claws.

► We increase the luminance of the brown tones.

► We slightly reduce the blue saturation in the ice.

To do this, we switch to the Saturation tab and select the Saturation option in the Targeted Adjustment [¡¿a] tool menu (figure 5-46). The mouse cursor then displays a small cross adjacent to the bullseye (%).

We place the cursor on the red of the crab's claw and drag it upward (holding down the mouse button). This increases the saturation of the selected red tone. We then do the same for the blue of the ice, but this time, we move the cursor downward to reduce saturation. ACR automatically adjusts the appropriate sliders when you make this type of adjustment.

Figure 5-46: The flyout menu for the Targeted Adjustment tool includes several options.

Grayscale Mix

TOKL

Figure 5-46: The flyout menu for the Targeted Adjustment tool includes several options.

HSL y Grayscale

Q Convert to Grayscale

Hue 1 Saturation i Luminance

Default

Reds

1+2

Oranges

m 1

Yellows

Greens

Aquas

Blues

0

Purples

a

Magentas

P

Figure 5-47: These sliders limit the effects of adjustments to particular tonal ranges.

Figure 5-47: These sliders limit the effects of adjustments to particular tonal ranges.

Finally, we switch to the Luminance tab and move the cursor to a brown area on the crab's shell, where we increase luminance by dragging the mouse up. Figure 5-47 shows the resulting slider positions in the Saturation tab, and figure 5-48 shows our image before and after making the corrections we have just described. The difference is subtle but effective.

Don't forget to deactivate the Targeted Adjustment tool once you have finished using it (e.g., by activating the loupe). If you do forget, the curious results of using your mouse will quickly remind you of your oversight.

Figure 5-48: Our image before and after making tone corrections in the HSL/Grayscale tab. The red of the crab's claw has been intensified.
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