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Apply color adjustment effects

The Color Adjustments category features effects that let you change the colors of an image.

Apply a Color Controls effect

The Color Controls effect lets you adjust the saturation, brightness, and contrast of your selected layer.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Effects > Color Adjustments > Color Controls (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • Click in the Tools sidebar and in the Add menu, choose Color Adjustments > Color Controls.
  2. Customize the effect:
    • Move the Saturation slider to the right to make colors more intense, or to the left to reduce their intensity. You can also enter a value from 0% to 200%. Moving the slider all the way to the left (or entering 0%) will remove all color, turning the image black and white.
    • Move the Brightness slider to the right to make colors lighter or to the left to make them darker. You can also enter a value from -100% to 100%.
    • Move the Contrast slider to the right to increase contrast or to the left to decrease it. You can also enter a value from 20% to 400%.

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

To reset your changes, click the Color Controls pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset. To remove the effect, choose Remove Effect.

Apply a Hue Adjust effect

The Hue Adjust effect shifts all the colors in an image along the color spectrum.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Effects > Color Adjustments > Hue Adjust (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • Click in the Tools sidebar and in the Add menu, choose Color Adjustments > Hue Adjust.
  2. Move the Angle wheel to change the hues of every color in the image. You can also enter a value from 0.0º to 359.9º.

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

To reset your changes, click the Hue Adjust pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset. To remove the effect, choose Remove Effect.

Apply an Exposure Adjust effect

The Exposure Adjust effect works in a similar way to changing the exposure settings of a digital camera — it makes the entire image (the shadows, midtones, and highlights together) brighter or darker.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Effects > Color Adjustments > Exposure Adjust (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • Click in the Tools sidebar and in the Add menu, choose Color Adjustments > Exposure Adjust.
  2. Move the EV slider to the right to make the entire image brighter or to the left to make it darker. You can also enter a value from -1000% to 1000%.

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

To reset your changes, click the Exposure Adjust pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset. To remove the effect, choose Remove Effect.

Apply a Color Monochrome effect

The Color Monochrome effect converts an image to black and white while also adding a color tint.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Effects > Color Adjustments > Color Monochrome (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • Click in the Tools sidebar and in the Add menu, choose Color Adjustments > Color Monochrome.
  2. Customize the effect:
    • Click the color well to choose a color or click to open the Colors window.
    • Move the Intensity slider to the left bring back some of the original colors to the image. You can also enter a value from 0% 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 effects.

To reset your changes, click the Color Monochrome pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset. To remove the effect, choose Remove Effect.

Apply a False Color effect

The False Color effect lets you recolor an image using two colors.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Effects > Color Adjustments > False Color (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • Click in the Tools sidebar and in the Add menu, choose Color Adjustments > False Color.
  2. Customize the effect:
    • Click the Color 1 color well to choose a new color for the shadows (or darkest colors) or click to open the Colors window. You can also hold down the Option ⌥ key on your keyboard to quickly pick a color from the image.
    • Click the Color 2 color well to choose a new color for the highlights (or lightest colors) or click to open the Colors window. You can also hold down the Option ⌥ key on your keyboard to quickly pick a color from the image.

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

To reset your changes, click the False Color pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset. To remove the effect, choose Remove Effect.

Apply a Sepia Tone effect

The Sepia Tone effect maps the colors of an image to various shades of brown.

Do one of the following:

  • Choose Format > Effects > Color Adjustments > Sepia Tone (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).

  • Click in the Tools sidebar and in the Add menu, choose Color Adjustments > Sepia Tone.

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

To reset your changes, click the Sepia Tone pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset. To remove the effect, choose Remove Effect.

Apply a Threshold effect

The Threshold effect converts all the colors in an image to high-contrast, black-and-white colors.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Effects > Color Adjustments > Threshold (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • Click in the Tools sidebar and in the Add menu, choose Color Adjustments > Threshold.
  2. Drag the Threshold slider to the right to increase the Threshold level, or to the left to decrease it.

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

To reset your changes, click the Threshold pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset. To remove the effect, choose Remove Effect.

Apply an Invert effect

The Invert effect inverts image colors.

Do one of the following:

  • Choose Format > Effects > Color Adjustments > Invert (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).

  • Click in the Tools sidebar and in the Add menu, choose Color Adjustments > Invert.

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

To reset your changes, click the Invert pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset. To remove the effect, choose Remove Effect.

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