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Adjust individual colors in an image

Using the Selective Color adjustment, you can adjust the hue, saturation, and brightness of a precise color range in an image without affecting any other colors. The Selective Color adjustment features 8 individual color ranges — reds, oranges, yellows, greens, cyans, blues, violets, and magentas — divided according to the color spectrum. Above each color range, you’ll see a handy histogram that shows you just how much of that particular color is in your image.

Make adjustments to precise colors in an image
  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Color Adjustments > Selective Color (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • In the Tools sidebar, click and choose Selective Color from the Add menu.
  2. Click to select one of the color ranges in the Selective Color adjustment.

  3. Drag the sliders in the Selective Color adjustment to make adjustments to your selected color range.

    Hue: Drag the Hue slider to shift the hue of the colors in the selected color range towards a neighboring color range. Hold down the Option ⌥ key before dragging if you’d like to extend the range of the Hue slider beyond 100%. You can also enter a percentage value from –400% to 400%.

    Saturation: Drag the Saturation slider to the right to make the colors in the selected color range more intense, or the left to make them less intense.

    Brightness: Drag the Brightness slider to the right to make the colors in the selected color range brighter, or the left to make them darker. Hold down the Option ⌥ key before dragging if you’d like to extend the range of the Brightness slider beyond 100%. You can also enter a percentage value 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 Selective Color pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset.

Automatically enhance individual colors in an image

The ML adjustment improves individual color ranges 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 > Selective Color (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • In the Tools sidebar, click and choose Selective Color from the Add menu.
  2. Click ML next to the Selective Color adjustment to automatically improve image colors.

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 Selective Color pop-up menu in the Tool Options pane and choose Reset.

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