Using the Hue Saturation Dialog

Hue/Saturation is one of the most popular commands in Elements. If you aren't satisfied with the results of a simple Levels adjustment, you may want to work on the hue or saturation as the next step toward getting really eye-catching color.

Hue simply means the color of your imagewhether it's blue, brown, purple or whatever. Most people use the saturation adjustments more than the hue controls, but both hue and saturation are controlled from the same dialog box.

When you use Hue/Saturation, it's a good idea to make most of your other corrections, like Levels or exposure corrections (see Section 11.5), first. When you're ready to use the Hue/Saturation command, just follow these steps:

1. Choose Enhance —'* Adjust Color —> Adjust Hue/Saturation. The Hue/Saturation dialog box appears.

2. Move the sliders until you see what you want.

If you want to adjust only saturation, you can probably ignore the Hue slider. (Hue changes the colors in your photo.)

3. Move the Saturation slider to the right to increase the amount of saturation (more color) or to the left to decrease it. If necessary, move the Lightness slider to the left to make the color darker or to the right to make the color lighter.

Incidentally, you don't have to change all the colors in your photo equally. See Figure 12-13 for how to focus on individual color channels.

Tip: Generally speaking, if you want to change a pastel to a more intense color, you'll need to reduce the lightness in addition to increasing the saturationif you don't want your color to look radioactive.

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