Intensifying with Color Saturation

Saturation refers to the intensity of the color in an image. When colors look washed out, they are undersaturated. If the colors are oversaturated, they appear almost neon like. A happy medium between the two is the ideal.

An easy way to turn a color image into a black-and-white (or grayscale) photo is to adjust the saturation. Drag the saturation slider all the way to the left until the color has been removed. Check out Color Plate 11-7 to see this technique in action. Read the following steps for more details.

Figure 11-16:

Backlighting option helps bring back detail in the overexposed areas of a backlit image.

Figure 11-16:

Backlighting option helps bring back detail in the overexposed areas of a backlit image.

To manually adjust the color saturation, follow these steps:

1. Select Color Saturation from the editing options list in the top-right side of the Fix Photo dialog box.

2. Drag the Saturation slider to the right to increase the saturation of colors in the photo or to the left to decrease it.

You also can enter a value between -100 and 100. In my example, I moved the slider to 45 to increase the saturation.

3. If your image is improved, as shown in Figure 11-17, click OK to exit the Fix Photo dialog box.

The grayscale images shown here make it hard to illicit the oohs and aahs that are so nice to hear when demonstrating a color technique. Open an image in your catalog that needs some saturation help and see for yourself.

Figure 11-17:

Adjusting the color saturation in an image can bring it back to life.

Figure 11-17:

Adjusting the color saturation in an image can bring it back to life.

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