OneofthemostengagingeffecttoachieveinLightroomistheSelectiveColouringeffect。

ThisconsistinhavingaBlackWhitescenewithonlyacolouredelement,beingtheprotagonistofthewholescene。

EventhoughtherearemanyapproachesabouthowtogetthisresultinPhotoshop,thepossibilityofgettingthisdoneinLightroomismorethanappealing,giventhefactyouarealsodoingthepostproductionadjustmentsinsideLightroomaswell。

UnlikePhotoshop,inLightroomwedon’thavelayerstoworkwith。

InsteadwehaveamoreprecisewayofworkingbyusingtheslidersattheDevelopModule,although,youhavetokeepinmindthechangesyouwanttoapplysinceyoucan’tturnthemofflikeaPhotoshoplayer。

ForcreatingtheSelectivecoloureffect,IamgoingtofocusontheHSLpanel。

Asyoucansee,therearemanyslidersforustoplaywith。

Firstcomesthehues,whichtellusprettyobviouslywhatisgoingtoremainastheselectedcoloratourscene。

Nextfollowsthesaturationsliders,forapplyingthatBWeffecttothecolour。

Finally,theluminancesliders,foradjustinglightinginformationatthescene(sincelightisnotwhiteforthisshot,everyadjustmentyouapplytothelightingconditionswillaffecttheoveralllightingoftheimage)。

StartbyimportingaPhoto。

Bylookingatthispicture,whatIwanttoachieveisfindingtherighttintforstandingoutatthescene…let’sgototheRowingClubatthebackofthoseyatchs。

ThenwhatIneedtodoisreducingthevaluesattheslidersateverythingbuttheneededcolours;thismeans,everythingbutthereds。

Asyougothroughtheprocessyouwillnoticetheimagestartstoblackout,buttheeffectismostlynoticeableattheLuminancesliders。

Inmyopinionyoushouldgobyreducingeverycolouryoudon’tneed,thenfocusontheunwantedconsequencesoftheseadjustments。

Forexample,ifyoureducetheLuminancevalueofBlue,theoverallskycolourwillbecameblack;sameinthissceneifyoureducedtheluminancevalueforYellow,makingtheboatslookblack。

Thehuesliderscontrolthetintthatisappliedtothepicture,meaningthatifeveryoneofthemissettledtozero,everyvaluewillbenearbyblackandwhite。

Saturationcontrolshowmuchtintiscontainedatthosehues,being100valuefull-colourandzeroblackwhite。

Luminanceworksinadifferentway:itonlycontrolsthecolourofthehighlights,soincaseyoureducedthehueslidersandyouarestillseeingcolour,thismeansthescenehastintedhighlightsyoushouldreduce。

Thisprocessisthe“manual”wayofachievingthiseffect;severalpresetsarecapableofhandlingthiseffect,orevenyoucancreateapresetthatsuitsyourneeds。

InmycaseIprefertoapplypostproductionadjustmentspriortotheselectivecoloreffect。

Thereasonbehindthisisthateventheimagewillbecameblackwhite,thatdoesn’tmeantheimagedoesn’tneeddetailorenhancement,aswellasaproperwhitebalance。

AndsinceLightroomworksinanon-destructiveway,youcanalwaysrevertthevaluesgiventoachievetheselectivecoloreffectandgetbacktheoriginaltintedshot。

NotethatyoucanalsogetthiseffectwiththeAdjustmentBrushtool。

Thismethodcomeshandyifyouhaveseveralelementstintedwiththesamecolouryouwanttokeep;startbypickingtheAdjustmentBrushtoolandmovetheSaturationslidertozero。

AlsoticktheAutoMaskbox,sinceifyouuseittoareaswhereyouwanttokeepthecolour,theAdjustmentBrushcanerasethosepixelsincaseyoudidn’tAuto-Maskthem。

Gothenpaintingeverysingleelementyouwanttobeblackwhite,andthenwiththeHSLtoolincreasethesaturationvalueforthetintyouchosetobecolouredatyourscene。

Sameresult,butittakesabitlongertoachieve。

RemembertokeepaneyeattheExposurevalue,otherwise,thescenewillbecomeblackortoowhite;exposureneedstobesettledatzeroforproperexposurebalance。

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