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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 or press F on your keyboard, then click Add Effect to open the Effects browser. In the Color Adjustments effects category, choose the Color Controls effect or search for it by its name.
  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 Control ⌃ + M on your keyboard to see what the image looks like without any effects.

To reset all effects, click Reset at the bottom of the Tool Options pane.

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 or press F on your keyboard, then click Add Effect to open the Effects browser. In the Color Adjustments effects category, choose the Hue Adjust effect or search for it by its name.
  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 Control ⌃ + M on your keyboard to see what the image looks like without any effects.

To reset all effects, click Reset at the bottom of the Tool Options pane.

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 or press F on your keyboard, then click Add Effect to open the Effects browser. In the Color Adjustments effects category, choose the Exposure Adjust effect or search for it by its name.
  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 Control ⌃ + M on your keyboard to see what the image looks like without any effects.

To reset all effects, click Reset at the bottom of the Tool Options pane.

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 or press F on your keyboard, then click Add Effect to open the Effects browser. In the Color Adjustments effects category, choose the Color Monochrome effect or search for it by its name.
  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 Control ⌃ + M on your keyboard to see what the image looks like without any effects.

To reset all effects, click Reset at the bottom of the Tool Options pane.

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 or press F on your keyboard, then click Add Effect to open the Effects browser. In the Color Adjustments effects category, choose the False Color effect or search for it by its name.
  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 Control ⌃ + M on your keyboard to see what the image looks like without any effects.

To reset all effects, click Reset at the bottom of the Tool Options pane.

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 or press F on your keyboard, then click Add Effect to open the Effects browser. In the Color Adjustments effects category, choose the Sepia Tone effect or search for it by its name.

Show Original: Click the Show Original button or press Control ⌃ + M on your keyboard to see what the image looks like without any effects.

To reset all effects, click Reset at the bottom of the Tool Options pane.

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 Control ⌃ + M on your keyboard to see what the image looks like without any effects.

To reset all effects, click Reset at the bottom of the Tool Options pane.

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 Control ⌃ + M on your keyboard to see what the image looks like without any effects.

To reset all effects, click Reset at the bottom of the Tool Options pane.

Apply a Gradient Map effect

The Gradient Map effect maps out the color values of an image and replaces them with the colors of a selected gradient. Used in combination with different blend modes, the Gradient Map effect can be used to subtly tint colors or give images an entirely different look and feel.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Format > Effects > Color Adjustments > Gradient Map (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).
    • Click in the Tools sidebar or press F on your keyboard, then click Add Effect to open the Effects browser. In the Color Adjustments effects category, choose the Gradient Map effect or search for it by its name.
  2. Customize the effect:
    • Click the gradient well to choose a gradient preset or click the existing color stops to choose your own colors.
    • Move the Opacity slider to the left bring back some of the original colors to the image. You can also enter a value from 0% to 100%.
    • Click the Blend Mode pop-up menu — the words "Opacity (Normal)" — and choose a blend mode.

Show Original: Click the Show Original button or press Control ⌃ + M on your keyboard to see what the image looks like without any effects.

To reset all effects, click Reset at the bottom of the Tool Options pane.

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