Adding color with the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer

The next step in the overall-adjustment workflow is to add some visual "pop" to your image, adding color saturation to increase vibrancy and eye appeal.

With any overall adjustment, sometimes less is more; you may need to make only a slight correction. When adjusting color saturation, for example, sometimes all you have to do is budge the slider to the right until you see the colors pop up a little. "Easy does it" is the rule if you don't make your images appear unrealistic.

To create a Hue/Saturation layer, follow these steps:

1. Click the Create New Adjustment or Fill Layer button from the Layers palette, and then choose Hue/Saturation, as shown in Figure 10-22.

The Hue/Saturation dialog box appears.

2. Make sure Preview is selected.

You want to be sure you see these changes before you apply them.

3. Increase image saturation by moving the Saturation slider slightly to the right, as shown in Figure 10-23.

As a rule of thumb, increase the saturation until you see the colors start to pop.

tt\NG/ Be careful not to add too much color saturation; it can make certain colors in the image blow out — that is, lose detail as they're overpowered by the color. If some areas look blown out, back off your adjustment slightly until you're pleased with the result.

Figure 10-22: Creating a Hue/Saturation layer.
Figure 10-23: Increasing saturation in the Master channel.

You can use the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to adjust individual color hues or saturation amounts. This is an advanced method of color-correcting your images. Experiment with changing the hue and/or saturation of each color to see the result. You may find that adjusting the Master (the default setting) alone can work just fine for your photos.

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