STEP BY STEP TAKE CONTROL OF COLOUR IN LIGHTROOM
Use the color panel to fine-tune the colours in your image
01 Balance your whites
Auto settings, on the whole, are a good go-to for most of us to start with – and in some cases Lightroom intelligently picks the right colour correction. Here, however, it draws all the colour out of the flower and insect, so we want to stick with As Shot.
02 increase Vibrance
Vibrance works by boosting or reducing the middle tones of colour; you’ll see this in the more subtle colours in an image, like the wider parts of the petals here. This is useful where, as in our shot, a lot of the frame is filled with subdued tones that need boosting.
03 Boost saturation
Saturation increases the colour of every pixel, across the board. Everything from bright highlights down to dark shadows will be altered, which also means that it’s possible to clip colours. Be careful not to overdo it when pulling the Saturation slider to the right.
04 the color mixer
This colour adjustment enables you to alter the intensity of individual colour channels. So, if you have a blue sky or a purple flower that you need made slightly more colourful, you can adjust the saturation of the appropriate colour channel to suit.
05 hue and luminance
With the Color Mixer you can change a channel’s hue. We’ve dragged the Orange channel’s Hue slider to the left, which makes the insect redder. Luminance changes the brightness of the colour; here we’ve increased Orange Luminance to make the insect pop.
06 Black and white
In Black and White mode, you can see a mixer for all colour channels. Drag a slider to the left and you darken that colour; drag it to the right to brighten. To bring out the bug, we boosted Orange and Yellow; we reduced Purple and Magenta to darken the flower.