Using the HSL Sliders for Powerful Photo Edits in Lightroom

The HSL sliders are a powerful way to change the mood and tone of your images quite quickly in Lightroom. This awesome video tutorial will introduce you both to the theory behind them and how to use them to create images that better match your creative vision. 

Coming to you from Signature Edits, this helpful video will introduce you to the HSL sliders in Lightroom as well as the theory behind how they work. HSL stands for "hue, saturation, and luminance," and they offer you a great way to control those aspects of the global colors in an image. For example, I frequently pull the luminance of the blues down in my landscape shots to give the sky a bit more punch. As the video mentions, take advantage of the targeted adjustment tool. Most colors in an image are combinations of two or more of those listed in the sliders, and using the tool takes the guesswork out of trying to find and change the right constituent colors in the correct ratios. Remember that the Lightroom adjustments work globally on the image; if you'd like to target a specific area, pop over to Photoshop, create a Hue/Saturation layer, and mask it in. 

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Matthias Dengler's picture

I saw that already somewhere popping up on my news feed.
The topic's of youtube tutorials is really getting odder and odder.
Why would I need a 13min tutorial on HSL, the most comprehensive and self-explanatory tool?
Don't want to be a hater, but isn't that super obvious?^^ I'm just waiting for 10min tutorial for the exposure slider and the world is perfect.

K G's picture

Well, this site is all about hailing only images that are way over cooked, photoshopped to death and look more like CGI than photography.

Michael Holst's picture

Based on what I see from a lot of young/new photographers it might not be as obvious as you assume.

Eric Crudup's picture

I had to stop after the "color science" portion, which was just terrible.

Chaf Bar's picture

Nice Post Alex