Do one of the following:
The Hue/Saturation command adjusts the hue (color), saturation (purity), and lightness of the entire image or of individual color components in an image.
Use the Hue slider to add special effects, to color a black and white image (like a sepia effect), or to change the range of colors in a portion of an image.
A. Original B. Entire image changed to sepia using the Colorize option C. Magenta colors targeted in the Edit menu and changed using the Hue slider
Use the Saturation slider to make colors more vivid or more muted. For example, you could add a color punch to a landscape by saturating the colors in it. Or, tone down a distracting color, like a vivid red sweater in a portrait.
Use the Lightness slider with the other adjustments to lighten or darken a portion of an image. Take care not to use it on an entire image—this adjustment reduces the overall tonal range.
Do one of the following:
The values displayed in the text box reflect the number of degrees of rotation around the color wheel from the pixel’s original color. A positive value indicates clockwise rotation, a negative value counterclockwise rotation. Values range from –180 to +180.
For Saturation, enter a value or drag the slider to the right to increase the saturation or to the left to decrease it. Values range from –100 to +100.
For Lightness, enter a value or drag the slider to the right to increase the lightness or to the left to decrease it. Values range from –100 to +100. Be careful when using this slider on an entire image. It will reduce the tonal range of the overall image.
Do one of the following:
A. Adjusts color fall-off without affecting range B. Adjusts range without affecting color fall-off C. Adjusts the range of color component D. Moves entire slider
By default, the color range selected when you choose a color component is 30° wide, with 30° color fall-off on either side. Setting the fall-off too low can produce banding in the image.
To edit the range by choosing colors from the image, select the color picker, and click the image. Use the color picker + tool to add to the range; use the color picker – tool to subtract from the range.
While the color picker tool is selected, you can also press Shift to add to the range or press Alt (Option in Mac OS) to subtract from it.
The Adjust Color For Skin Tone command adjusts the overall color in a photo to bring out more natural skin tones. When you click an area of skin in the photo, Photoshop Elements adjusts the skin tone—as well as all other colors in the photo. You can manually adjust the brown and red colors separately to achieve the final color you want.
Open the photo and select the layer that needs correction.
Photoshop Elements automatically adjusts the colors in the image. Changes might be subtle.
Make sure Preview is selected so that you can see the color changes as they occur.
Increases or decreases the level of brown in skin tones.
Increases or decreases the level of red in skin tones.
Changes the overall color of skin tones.
The Sponge tool changes the color saturation of an area.
Select the Sponge tool.
Increases or decreases color saturation. Choose Saturate to intensify the color’s saturation. In grayscale, Saturate increases contrast. Choose Desaturate to dilute the color’s saturation. In grayscale, Desaturate decreases contrast.
Sets the brush tip. Click the arrow next to the brush sample, choose a brush category from the Brushes pop‑up menu, and then select a brush thumbnail.
Sets the size of the brush, in pixels. Drag the Size slider or enter a size in the text box.
Sets the rate of saturation change. Drag the Flow pop‑up slider or enter a value in the text box.
The Replace Color command replaces a specific color in an image. You can set the hue, saturation, and lightness of the replacement color.
Choose Enhance > Adjust Color > Replace Color.
Displays the mask, which looks like a black and white version of the image, in the preview box.
Displays the image in the preview box. This option is useful when you are working with a magnified image or have limited screen space.
Click the color picker button, and then click the color you want to change in the image or in the preview box. Use the color picker + tool to add colors, or use the color picker – tool to remove colors to keep them from changing.
The Convert To Black And White command lets you choose a specific conversion style to be applied to the image. This is unlike the Remove Color command, which automatically converts to black and white for you.
In the Convert To Black And White dialog box, the available image styles help you compare and choose from different conversion presets. Select a style and then use the available sliders to fine-tune the conversion.
A. Displays Before and After views B. Select a style C. Adjust intensity
Open an image, and select an area or layer to convert. If you do not select an area or layer, the entire image is converted.
To experiment with black and white conversion while preserving the original photo, convert a duplicate layer.
The Adjustment Intensity sliders for red, green, and blue don’t colorize your image; they simply include more or less data from the original color channels in the new black and white image.
The Remove Color command converts to black and white by assigning equal red, green, and blue values to each pixel in an RGB image. The overall brightness of each pixel remains constant. This command has the same effect as setting Saturation to -100 in the Hue/Saturation dialog box.
You can manually add custom presets to the black and white converter by editing a specific text file.
Adding custom presets for conversion to black and white is a task for advanced users.
Close the Photoshop Elements, and navigate to the folder that contains the bwconvert.txt file:
Start the Photoshop Elements and choose Enhance > Convert To Black And White to view the presets.
You can colorize an entire grayscale image, or select areas to colorize with different colors. For example, you can select a person’s hair and color it brown, and then add pink to the person’s cheeks after making another selection.
If the image you are coloring is in grayscale mode, convert it into RGB by choosing Image > Mode > RGB Color.
Choose Enhance > Adjust Color > Adjust Hue/Saturation, or Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation to work on an adjustment layer.