(The Lightroom video tutorial in this post is just under the introductory text below. The working files for this Lightroom video tutorial can be found just above the video.)

Vibrance and Saturation are wonderful for controlling overall color saturation in an image. However, they are relatively clumsy tools when compared to the HSL/Color Panel adjustments.

From the HSL/Color Panel, Lightroom gives us full control over each individual color in an image. From Hue, to Saturation, to Luminance, we can control each setting to each specific color. This makes the HSL/Color Panel a much more precise tool for adjusting overall image colors and saturation when compared to Vibrance and Saturation.

In this Lightroom video tutorial, we are going to be teaching you about every feature and setting within the HSL/Color and B&W Panels. We will provide a real image example as we adjust our settings, as well as show you multiple methods for adjusting the HSL in an image.


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Full RAW Exercise Files (265MB) – For faster connections. The full RAW files will allow you to follow the tutorials while achieving the exact same results as shown.
JPEG Exercise Files (24MB) – For slower connections. The JPEG files will allow you to follow the tutorials, although the results may vary due to not having the image details of the full RAW file.

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