How to Adjust Specific Colors & Saturation Adjustment Layers in Photoshop

Adjusting a small range of colors is helpful when you have to match colors between images, or if you just like a photo but want it to match a specific color palette.

Doing this used to require complex selections, but it can now be easily done using nothing but basic selections and a hue/saturation adjustment layer.

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to shift the hue of a certain color range without affecting the rest of your image, which can be helpful for things like changing clothing and eye colors.


Step 1

Open your image and add a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer. PanoPass members can download the image we’re working with to follow along.

Make sure to delete the Layer Mask if it gets added by default.


Step 2

In the properties panel, switch from Master to Blue in the color range dropdown.

Set the Hue to +180 to make the changes more obvious for the next step.


Step 3

In the Properties panel, click the eyedropper icon with a + by it. Click and drag on all the blue feathers to add them to your Hue/Saturation selection.


Step 4

Set the Hue to -100 and the Saturation to -25 for a more realistic color change.


Step 5

Select your background layer in the Layers panel. Using the Quick Selection tool (W), click and drag to make a selection of everything except the green feathers.

Click Layer > Layer Mask > Hide Selection to create a Layer Mask based on your selection. The mask will make sure nothing outside of our bird gets recolored.


Final Image

This Article is written by Heena Lalwani

Heena Lalwani is a traveler, writer, thinker and Dancer. She is a CS engineer and blogger. She happily shares her Designing tips. Motto: “Success is before work only in the dictionary.”

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