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Adjust hue, saturation, and vibrance

The Hue & Saturation adjustment lets you shift all the colors in an image along the color spectrum and increase or decrease their saturation and vibrance. You can also improve the hue & saturation automatically using the machine learning-powered ML adjustment.

Shift all the colors in an image along the color spectrum
  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Color Adjustments > Hue & Saturation (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • In the Tools sidebar, click and choose Hue & Saturation from the Add menu.
    • Press Command ⌘ + U on your keyboard.
  2. Drag the Hue slider to the left or right to shift all the colors in the image along the color spectrum. You can also click the Hue value and enter a percentage from –100% to 100%.

Show Original: Click the Show Original button or press the O key on your keyboard to see what the image looks like without any color adjustments.

To reset your changes, click the Hue & Saturation pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset.

Adjust the saturation of all the colors in an image

Adjusting saturation makes every color more or less intense.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Color Adjustments > Hue & Saturation (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • In the Tools sidebar, click and choose Hue & Saturation from the Add menu.
    • Press Command ⌘ + U on your keyboard.
  2. Drag the Saturation slider to the right to make every color in the image more saturated. Drag it to the left to make them less saturated.

Show Original: Click the Show Original button or press the O key on your keyboard to see what the image looks like without any color adjustments.

To reset your changes, click the Hue & Saturation pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset.

Adjust the vibrance of all the colors in an image

The Vibrance slider targets only the most or least saturated colors depending on whether you’re increasing or decreasing vibrance.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Color Adjustments > Hue & Saturation (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • In the Tools sidebar, click and choose Hue & Saturation from the Add menu.
    • Press Command ⌘ + U on your keyboard.
  2. Drag the Vibrance slider to the right to make less saturated colors in the image more saturated, while leaving the already saturated colors alone. Drag the slider to the left to make the more saturated colors in the image less saturated, while leaving the already unsaturated colors alone. Hold down the Option ⌥ key before dragging if you’d like to extend the range of the Vibrance slider beyond 100%. You can also click the Vibrance value and enter a percentage from –200% to 200%.

Show Original: Click the Show Original button or press the O key on your keyboard to see what the image looks like without any color adjustments.

To reset your changes, click the Hue & Saturation pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset.

Automatically adjust the hue and saturation in an image

The ML adjustment improves hue and saturation in your image automatically using a machine learning algorithm trained on millions of professional images.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Color Adjustments > Hue & Saturation (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • In the Tools sidebar, click and choose Hue & Saturation from the Add menu.
    • Press Command ⌘ + U on your keyboard.
  2. Click the ML button in the Tool Options pane next to the Hue & Saturation adjustment.

Show Original: Click the Show Original button or press the O key on your keyboard to see what the image looks like without any color adjustments.

To reset your changes, click the Hue & Saturation pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset.

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