Lesson 33Starting with a Color Image in Lightroom

We are going to use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom just as we did in Lesson 1.6 in Chapter 1. To start off, if you haven't used Lightroom before, you must first import your image(s) into Lightroom as shown in Figure 1.20 (in Chapter 1). This brings the image into the Library module. Next, move over to the Develop module by clicking on Develop at the top, using the top menus, or using the shortcut OpenApple Cmd+D (Mac) or Ctrl+D (PC). This is shown in Figure 1.20.

Once you have the image open in the Develop module, close the left side panel and the top and bottom panels by clicking on the little triangle arrow on those three sides. Only the panel on the right should be visible. Open the HSL/Color/Grayscale Panel and close the others. Click on the word All next to the colored boxes in the HSL/Color/ Grayscale Panel and all of the colored sliders should show at the same time. Now it should look like Figure 3.7. Adjust the Saturation sliders to your taste by moving them to the left so they have negative values. This will give the colors the soft pastel look that was described earlier.

You can see in Figure 3.8 that all of the Saturation slider values are different from each other and are done by eye. Now compare Figure 3.8 to Figure 3.9. In Figure 3.9, moving the Green slider more to the right brightens the greens a little. In Figure 3.10, the greens are brought down to nearly zero. You can quickly and easily create nearly unlimited variations.

Figure3.7 The color image opened in the Develop module with all sides closed except the right side panels.

Figure3.7 The color image opened in the Develop module with all sides closed except the right side panels.

Figure3.8 Adjusting the Saturation sliders to a negative value gives the image its soft pastel colors.
Figure 3.9 Brightening the greens with the Green slider a little gives a different appearance than the version in Figure 3-8.
Figure 3.10 Lightening the greens with the Green slider almost to zero gives a different appearance than the previous two figures.
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