Use the color panel to fine-tune the colours in your image

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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.

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