Creative colour wash
Adam Waring shows you how to use Lightroom’s powerful selective tools for creative colour effects
Use Lightroom’s selective tools for creative colour wash effects
You might think Lightroom is only designed for making basic tonal tweaks, black-and-white conversions, sharpening, and so on. In other words, all the fundamental things photographers need. Lightroom does all of these things really well, but it also gives you the opportunity to transform your images in surprisingly creative ways, like this colourful portrait effect, on the right.
Two powerful Lightroom tools central to this technique are the Graduated Filter and Adjustment Brush tools. Both of these tools enable you to define an area for adjusting – either by painting, or by plotting two points for a gradual blend.
You can then use the sliders at the top-right corner of the interface to change the exposure, colour or detail as you see fit. The most obvious use for this is to apply selective lightening and darkening to an image, but it’s also possible to create interesting effects by toying with colour, saturation and clarity settings. The walkthrough takes you through the steps required to recreate the image on the right, but the principles remain the same for any image, so why not try it on your own shots?