Cre­ative colour wash

Adam War­ing shows you how to use Light­room’s pow­er­ful se­lec­tive tools for cre­ative colour ef­fects

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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?

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