Lightroom: HSL / Color / B&W

Post 19
Series: Introduction to Adobe Lightroom®
H-S-L, the Big Three
What is HSL? HSL stands for Hue, Saturation, and Luminance. You might be familiar with Hue and Saturation already. Luminance is not found in many image editing programs, so this section could be new to you. Fun!

Hue Are You?
Just look at all those options for Hue variations. Making such targeted color adjustments is one of the benefits to using Lightroom and the Develop Module.

Saturation Specific

Increase or decrease the amount of concentrated color in your image. You can do this individual color by color, rather than a general/overall increase in saturation. This image shows a color-specific saturation in blue, aqua and green.
before & after
Luminance Magic
Ever wanted to brighten up an image, but using the contrast tool doesn’t work? Working with a portrait and you want to give the skin a soft “glow”? Want to give that landscape a magical shimmer? Luminance gives your images that extra “wow” factor. Try it out. Betcha you will be saying “wow”.
Tuna before

Tuna after
Targeted Adjustment Tool
See that circle in the top left corner? That is the Targeted Adjustment Tool. Click on it, arrows appear showing it is selected, then click on the part of your image you want to adjust. This allows you to choose only a part of your image to change.
Color Confection
Want to make HSL adjustements, but only to a specific color within your image? Choose the color from the boxes at the top, then use the sliders to reach your “just right” HSL point. 
B&W Ultimate
Black & White Mix turns you image grayscale, If you turn am image to black&white, you may find your image to be flat and dull. Lightroom remembers which colors were there. You can use the sliders in this section to make the corresponding parts of your image stand out. 

Greater options mean a greater control over the final result in your image. Of today’s tools, which is your favorite?
Next post: Lightroom: Split Toning
These posts are part of a series: Introduction to Adobe Lightroom®
Jennifer Apffelis a photographer with over a decade of experience in portrait, event, and product photography. She also does freelance graphic design and fine art. For more check out, or look for her on

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