Hue and Saturation in Photoshop

Many of you asked me “how to change color in Photoshop?” Today I am going to describe to you Photoshop shortcuts or I should say a Photoshop technique by which you can easily do that. First of all, I will tell you about hue and saturation. I will start with “What is hue?” and “What is saturation?”. Color saturation is one of the 2nd most used editing systems in Photoshop editing.

What is Hue/Saturation?

The Hue / Saturation tool can be used to make colorful image changes when you’re an Adobe Photoshop user. Whether you design brand new graphics or just touch on a picture, the Hue/Saturation tool helps an image pop up or get subdued. You can just tweak or even change the colors that are already natural in your photo.

How This Tool Works?

By lightening them or making them darker, the Hue/Saturation tool can change those colors already in the image. It can also change the color completely, for example by changing all blue to red shades. The tool also makes changes in color saturation. In other words, you can make it deeper and more dynamic if a pale color is found in an image so that it is more striking.

The hue and saturation tool is most often used to adapt slightly to the color pattern of an image. These modifications can also be made by layers. For example, you can add a new adjustment layer to a graph such as a banner, to which specific colors can be lightened or lighter in the gray spectrum, while a cut portion of an image has been used. The master can also be adjusted, making adjustments to the color and saturation of the picture to each color. Photoshop allows you to preview the changes in advance.

Beneficial Features

You can adjust colors by dragging the cursor around your color wheel right or left. Colors become lighter or darker or can change to various colors. Saturation allows the vibration of colors to be increased by dragging to the left or right so that a Grayscale Effect can be achieved. This tool is also useful to enhance or darken a whole picture.

When to Use This Tool

If you want a new image based on an already existing image and you really want the colors to pop out or fad out, the Hue / Saturation tool can be used well. If you want to change the hue or saturation of something inside, you can use it also in a photograph. For instance, when you want a black and white image but help the eyes of a person stand out by increasing the saturation to a shining blue shade that can be done with this photoshop tool. These are some of the best applications for the tool Hue and Saturation. Fill out our Photoshop tutorial videos to learn how to use them yourself.

Hue Saturation Adjustment

First, create a new Hue Saturation adjustment layer:

Hue and Saturation in Photoshop

You’ll see default next to the word preset, which means that all values are nullified, but when you click the default drop-down menu, you’ll see that there are several presets that will increase your contrast, saturation, etc. The presets are great to edit quickly but to make customized modifications to take advantage of this feature, you need to go a little deeper.

Hue and Saturation in Photoshop

What Does Hue/Saturation Do in Photoshop?

The Hue / Saturation panel will influence your Hue, Saturation, and lightness overall at its basic level. In other words, changing the color of your image will change its overall color, saturation will determine whether the image is highly or totally monotonous and Lightness will influence the luminous or dark (under or over-exposed) color of your image. The examples in the following are Lightness bumped, which, as you see, lights up all the shades of your image: highlights, mid-tones, and shadows:

Hue and Saturation in Photoshop

Hue/Saturation Adjustment within Individual Color Channels

You can use different color channels as well. For example, selecting the channel Yellows from the drop-down will only affect the yellows on my image by changing any changes we make:

Hue and Saturation in Photoshop

You’ll see that the yellow portions of your image are affected when you move the Hue slider. This picture is much yellow, so the yellows move to orange as they move the Hue slider to the left. The number of colors of each image will vary and how much each color has to be changed to edit will also vary.

If I cut down the saturation, notice how everything but the sky becomes less saturated – all but the sky has a lot of yellow in it, and here I change only the yellow channel – I’m not reducing red, blue, green, etc. saturation – only yellow:

Hue and Saturation in Photoshop

We have seen above how lightness determines the dark or brightness of the selected color range. Moving my Lightness Slider to the right brightens the yellows significantly, as you can see. If I shifted the slider to the right–the field, the hair of the subject, and anything in yellow would be darkened:

Hue and Saturation in Photoshop

Make sure the Layer Visibility is selected if you experiment with the sliders and do not see changes happening. Furthermore, by clicking on the following arrow you can easily revert to default:

Hue and Saturation in Photoshop

Creating a Monotone Image with Hue Saturation Adjustment

With the Hue Saturation slider, you can also create a monotonous image. Make sure first of all you’re on the color channel Master because you want not only a specific one like the example above to work with all the channels here. Check the Colorize box next to:

Hue Saturation slider

Now, as in the example above, you can change the Tone and Saturation to any color and be very saturated or even more subdued.

How to Use Photoshop Hue Saturation Properly

Above there were some extreme instances of color adaptations to show how every slider works, so now, I will show you something more practical in line with how the Hue and Saturation panel can be used correctly for color management without too much editing.

I have a couple of too saturated channels in my original picture, which reduces the saturation for each channel, choosing the channel from the menu down, as we did in the Yellows:

Reds Channel:

Reds Channel

Blues Channel:

Blues Channel

Magentas Channel:

Magentas Channel

Then I create the new Hue/Saturation layer and this time I am going to use the Colorize feature on the Master’s Channel. I also set my Blending Mode to Soft Light in the layers panel, reducing the total opacity.

Hue/Saturation layer

I finish by building a new Hue/Saturation layer and just a little bit bumping up the Lightness in the Master Channel:

Hue/Saturation layer

Hue & Saturation is important for color correction of your image. It is used on a large scale for model photo retouching, product photo editing, eCommerce photo editing, etc. For a professional use of the hue & saturation, you need to go for a professional and experienced editor or professional editing agency. Because it needs in-depth knowledge about color and the tool also. So if you have any large amount of file to do color correction or retouching I would suggest you try professional agencies rather than doing by yourself. According to a survey it is found that photographers who work in-house for post products are making 50% less profit than those who outsource them. If you are a beginner in photography you also should take professionals to help as in the beginning, you can’t dissatisfy your client in any way.

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