Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic continues to improve its photo editing capabilities with the latest innovation – the Point Color feature. This incredible new tool makes targeting precise adjustments to individual colors fast and easy.
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The Point Color panel, introduced in Lightroom Classic Version 13, allows us to fine tune the hue, saturation, and luminance of individual colors throughout our images. Unlike Classic’s older HSL Color Adjustment Tools, Point Color is a game-changer for those who need pinpoint control over the colors in their photographs.
The older HSL color adjustment toolset relies on predefined color ranges. When you change the saturation value for the Reds, for example using the HSL tools, a broad range of red tones are adjusted and there is nothing that you can do to redefine exactly which shades of red will be affected.
This is where new Point Color tools differ from anything that we have ever seen before. With Point Color, there are no predefined color ranges and you get to tell Classic exactly which shades that are similar to your targeted color it should include in this adjustment.
Getting Started with Point Color
To access the Point Color feature, scroll down to the newly renamed Color Mixer panel inside of Classic’s Develop Module. Once Point Color is active, use the new Color Sampler Tool to select the color(s) that you want to adjust. Lightroom will create a new “Color Swatch” for each point that you sample and then it will give you precision color adjustment controls for each swatch.
Fine-Tune Your Color Adjustments
Working with Point Color, you can use any combination that you want of the Hue Shift, the Saturation Shift, or the Luminance Shift commands to make precise alterations. You can also use the Range slider to include, or to exclude, similar hues from your color adjustments. Lowering the Range slider is often all that it takes to eliminate the changes that you have made from spilling over into other similar colors.
When needed, you can also use the new Hue, Saturation, and Luminance Range sliders for even more surgical precision. These powerful new controls allow us to isolate the exact color that we want to change in three dimensions.
Combine Point Color with Masking
One of the standout features of Point Color is its compatibility with Classic’s Masking capabilities. Using a Mask plus the new Point Color feature, you can improve the skin tones in a portrait, for example, while leaving the background untouched.
Pro Tips for Effective Point Color Usage
Here are some additional tips to help you master Point Color:
- Visualize Range Checkbox: Use the Visualize Range checkbox to preview which parts of your image will be affected by your color adjustments. This helps you narrow down your selection and to avoid unwanted changes to similar colors.
- Alt / Option Key: When adjusting any of the sliders inside of the Point Color Panel, hold down the Alt key on a PC or the Alt / Option key on a Mac to see exactly which parts of your image are being affected. This secret feature is a huge help since it provides real-time feedback as you tweak your adjustments.
Point Color in Lightroom Classic version 13 offers unprecedented control over color correction, making it easier than ever to enhance specific colors and achieve the perfect look for your final image!