Selective Color Adjustments

In addition to the global Saturation and Vibrance settings, you can adjust colors in the image based on their named hue (orange, purple, aqua, etc.). Ths e colors may seem arbitrary, but quite the opposite is true: Lightroom's color ranges are loosely based on the color wheel (as defined more practically by Mark Hamburg at Adobe) and divided into distinct hues that blend together in between. The defined colors are Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Aqua, Blue, Purple and Magenta.

You may be surprised to find that all the colors in your photos fall primarily into one of these hues, sometimes with slight overlaps into neighboring colors. Lightroom provides controls for adjusting both specific color hues and blended combinations.

With the hsl pa nel (see Figure 4-51) you can adjust the following components of individual color zones in the image.

• Hue: the named color. Adjust the sliders to "rotate" the hue around the color wheel by moving the slider toward either end.

• Saturation: the purity of the color as opposed to neutral gray. Adjust the sliders to increase or decrease saturation.

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