Use Saturation Mask to quickly enhance colors and keep them natural

Dec 31, 2018

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Use Saturation Mask to quickly enhance colors and keep them natural

Dec 31, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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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.

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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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One response to “Use Saturation Mask to quickly enhance colors and keep them natural”

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    drzeller

    That’s interesting. I always wonder why certain tricks like this work. I wouldn’t think a mask would alter the effect of an adjustment layer like this.