When increasing saturation in Photoshop, it happens that we get a little carried away and end up overdoing it. In this video, Unmesh Dinda of PiXimperfect proposes an interesting method for increasing saturation, yet keeping the image natural-looking. It takes only a few seconds, and it does make a great result.
Start by opening the image you want to enhance and hit Ctrl/Cmd + J to copy the layer.
Go to Filter > Other > HSB/HSL. You can try either HSB or HSL, but Unmesh suggest using HSL because it creates more natural results.
When you take your pick and hit OK, you’ll get a funky-looking image, but worry not. Go to Channels, hold Ctrl/Cmd and click on the Green channel. This will create a selection, and now you can delete the copied layer while the selection is active.
Now add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and increase the saturation as much as you need. With the mask on, it will increase the saturation so the image looks vibrant, yet the results remain natural. And you’re done!
Have you used this method before to increase saturation in your photos?
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