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October 10, 2018

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There’s been talk recently of a Lightroom tool that will help with specific adjustments. I’ve been using it for awhile, but realized that some of you have been struggling with your edits and didn’t even know this tool existed! 

So today I just wanted to shed some light on the one simple tool that might change everything for you. 

Have you ever thought, “the skin tones are dialed in but those greens are out of control”! Or “man, that couple looks much too red-toned but everything else in this image perfectly matches my film scan. Gah!”

Enter the Targeted Adjustment tool.

On the right side of the Develop panel in Lightroom, head down to HSL/Color. And you will see a tiny round icon. (See purple arrows)

Click this icon and bring your cursor over to the area that you want to adjust. Let’s say it’s a patch of grass. 
 
If you’re in “Hue”, then when you scroll up and down the colors associated with that region will change in hue. If you want to change Saturation, simply click over to the “Saturation” section of the panel and use the same tool to target just that region.

Pretty cool right? 

Now I want to caution you, that if you’re not accustomed to dialing in white balance first, then starting to play with this tool might lead you astray. You want to get as close as you possibly can without touching this panel, and if there’s one final color change you want to make then you can come down and use targeted adjustment. Usually that’s green grass, orange/red skin tones, or blue/grey suits. 

I hope you found this helpful. Simply email me and let me know if you are still struggling and I am happy to help guide you toward editing the images of your dreams!

Happy editing!

Looking for more editing help?

You can find my Wedding Photographer’s Editing Guide to Matching Film and Digital at my MentorShop!

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