Target specific colors to adjust their hue, saturation, and luminance, to create stunning photos in Lightroom Classic for mobile.

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What you'll learn

Sometimes when you try to capture a moment, the colors in your photos are not nearly as vibrant as you remember them.

In this tutorial, learn how to use the Color Adjustment tool and Targeted Adjustment tool in Lightroom Classic for mobile to adjust the hue, saturation, and luminance of specific colors to make your images beautiful, as shown in this before/after photo.


Open a photo in Lightroom Classic on your mobile device

Launch Lightroom Classic on your mobile device.

Add a photo from your camera roll, or choose a photo from your Lightroom collections.


Select the Color / B&W Adjustment tool

Tap on a photo to edit it.

  1. Tap the Adjustments icon from the Edit menu.
  2. Tap the Basic adjustment tool icon (aperture icon) to open the adjustment tool menu options.
  3. Tap the Color / B&W Adjustments tool. 

Note: If you don't see the Adjustments icon, tap the three dots on the bottom of your screen to toggle to the Edit tray.


Adjust the color sliders

The Color Adjustment tool allows you to refine the hue, saturation, and luminance of specific color channels.

Use the color dots to adjust colors in the image. For example, to decrease the brightness of the washed out blues in the sky, tap Luminance and drag the blue dot down, which causes the blue sky to contrast against the white clouds. If you drag the blue dot up, you would increase the brightness of the blues in the photo, and the sky might blend in with the white clouds.

Note: If you are using your phone in portrait mode or using Lightroom on iPad, drag the dots right or left instead of up or down to increase or decrease the color setting.

  • Hue changes the color. In this example, increasing the red hue to +75 results in a more orange color.  
  • Saturation changes the intensity of a color. In this example, increasing the saturation of blue to +100 results in a more intense blue color.
  • Luminance changes the brightness of a color. In this example, increasing the luminance of green to +50, results in a lighter green color.

Targeted Adjustment tool

The Targeted Adjustment tool adjusts the specific color(s) sampled from an area where you have tapped, enabling you to adjust the hue, saturation, or luminance for the  colors directly under your finger.

Adjusting the saturation of the cliffs can make them stand out more, enhancing  their natural beauty. First, tap Saturation. Next, tap the Targeted Adjustment tool icon.


Now, tap a point in the photo to sample the colors that you want to adjust, and drag up or down (or left and right if your device is in portrait mode) to increase or decrease saturation.

The animated screen shot to the right shows tapping the Targeted Adjustment tool, and then tapping an area in the rocks that has red and orange colors and sliding the sampled colors up to increase the saturation of reds and oranges throughout the photo. The most noticeable effect is in the cliffs.

Note: The Targeted Adjustment tool is only available for iOS devices.


Review the changes

Tap and hold the photo with three fingers to see the before and after result of the adjustments. 

Experiment with the editing controls, and know you can always rework your edits or get back to your original photo with one tap.

When you are done, tap the arrow in the top-left of your screen to return to the collection and automatically sync your edits across all your devices. 

If you don’t already have Lightroom for desktop, download it now. You can take your photos even further with Lightroom Classic CC on the desktop or Photoshop CC with a free trial.


Contributor: Alexander Demyanenko

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