How To Adjust Hue And Saturation

The hue of an image is the color. Saturation refers to the intensity of that color. If the subject of an image is poorly lit, you may be able to correct the hue and saturation and make the image more clear. Whether you're adding a punch of color by upping the saturation or toning down a distracting color by adjusting the hue, the guide below will teach you how to adjust hue and saturation.

1. Install PaintShop Pro

To install PaintShop Pro photo editing software on your PC, download and run the installation file above. Continue following on-screen instructions to complete the setup process.

2. Select Hue/Saturation/Lightness

Choose Adjust > Hue and Saturation > Hue/Saturation/Lightness. The Hue/Saturation/Lightness dialog box appears. The outer color ring in the dialog box represents the original values of colors in the image. The adjusted values will appear on the inner color ring.

3. Adjust colors

In the Edit drop-list, do one of the following:

  • To edit all colors simultaneously, choose Master.
  • To edit a specific color range, choose Reds, Yellows, Greens, Cyans, Blues, or Magentas.

If you choose to edit a color range, you can use the control ring that appears between the inner and outer color rings to modify the range to be edited. To change the range width, drag the two outer points on the control ring. To change the area in which the adjustment builds to full effect, drag the two inner bars (the full effect will be applied between the bars). To move the adjustment area, drag the white circles.

4. Adjust the Hue slider

The Hue value represents the change from the original pixel color as the number of degrees of rotation around the 360-degree color wheel. A positive value indicates a clockwise rotation, and a negative value indicates a counterclockwise rotation. For example, when the Hue value is 180, blue becomes yellow, and green becomes magenta.

5. Adjust the Saturation slider

Dragging the slider up increases the saturation; dragging it down decreases the saturation. Values range from –100 to 100. A value of 0 preserves the original setting.

6. Adjust the Lightness slider

Dragging the slider up increases the lightness; dragging it down decreases the lightness. Values range from –100 to 100. A value of 0 preserves the original setting. Click OK.

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