Be se­lec­tive about colour

James Pater­son demon­strates how to se­lec­tively re­move colour in Light­room

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Use Light­room to se­lec­tively re­move colours, leav­ing a cou­ple for im­pact

Mak­ing se­lec­tive colour ef­fects in Light­room is a quick and easy task. The key to suc­cess is the HSL panel. The eight colour slid­ers en­able you to zero in on dif­fer­ent colours in the im­age. You can ad­just the Hue, Lu­mi­nance or (as in this case) the Sat­u­ra­tion to re­move any colours you don’t need.

The HSL slid­ers tar­get colour ranges rather than spe­cific ar­eas, so you’ll prob­a­bly need to mop up any re­main­ing colour. For ex­am­ple, in our im­age re­mov­ing sat­u­ra­tion in ev­ery­thing but the reds and or­anges al­most does the job of leav­ing the phone box in colour while the rest of the im­age is in black-and-white. How­ever, there’s still some or­ange present in the build­ings. It’s a quick fix: a few strokes of the Ad­just­ment Brush loaded with -100% sat­u­ra­tion is all that’s re­quired. Once that’s been done, we can com­plete the im­age by adding a vi­gnette, en­hanc­ing the tones and sharp­en­ing the de­tails.

The eight slid­ers en­able you to zero in on dif­fer­ent colours in the im­age. You can ad­just the Hue, Lu­mi­nance or the Sat­u­ra­tion to re­move any colours you don’t need

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