Adjusting Hue/Saturation Tutorial – Part 2


In my last PSE tutorial, we went over the Hue/Saturation tool.  Now, I know I said I don’t use colorization in the Hue/Saturation tool, but I’m going to show you how anyway using the Eyedropper Tool.  As I stated before, I generally don’t use this to change colors of elements, but it does come in handy changing colors of papers or objects with less depth.  It especially comes in handy for changing colors like brushes and overlays.

Sometimes you may just love a paper and want to use it again, but the color just doesn’t work for your layout.  The Eyedropper Tool and Colorize work perfectly for this.

While this changes the color of your paper or element, it doesn’t change it perfectly.  You will have to do some adjustments to get to where you want it.  Will will get into that shortly.

Here I have circled for you on the left where the Eyedropper tool is.
As you can see in the image above I have a gray cardboard paper that I want to change the color.  I want to change it to a more turquoise blue in a color palette I have (Note:  for this tutorial, I’m using a color palette, but in another tutorial, I will show you how to work your color swatches).
Here you can see my color palette.
To change the color of the paper to turquoise blue, I must select my Eyedropper Tool.  I move the eye dropper tool to the color of choice and click on the color.  You will see on the bottom left of your tool bar that your color has been selected in the foreground.
See blue circled at bottom left.
Your next step after your color has been selected is to change the color of the paper.
  • Click ‘Enhance’ at the top of your menu bar
  • Click ‘Adjust Color’
  • Click ‘Hue/Saturation’
  • Shortcut:  ‘Ctrl+U’
Once your pop up window appears to change the colors, you will first need to click “colorize” at the bottom right of your window.
You will see the paper color has changed.
Ok, here is the downside.  You will note that the color isn’t exactly the same as what is in the palette.  Primarily because the paper itself is lighter or lacks saturation.  So, those are the things you will have to change manually by adjusting your Hue, Saturation and Lightness slider bars.  I generally don’t use the ‘Lightness’ bar, but if I want to make something darker or light only a little bit, I will use it.  If it requires me to make things even more dark or more light, I will use a different tool for that.  But, for this case we will only use the slider bars in Hue/Saturation.
With additional adjustments using the slider bars, you can see my paper is now very close to the color I want, putting the two colors next to each other.  That’s pretty much it.  Now you see why I don’t use colorize very often LOL!  But, I do use it for things that are flat, especially for overlays because they are generally black and this is the only way in PSE I could figure out how to change the color from black.
I hope you have enjoyed my little tutorial and you found it helpful!

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