Lightroom 6 Tutorial – Hue Saturation and Luminance (HSL) In Lightroom CC

Lightroom 6 Tutorial – Hue Saturation and Luminance (HSL) In Lightroom CC

In this Lightroom 6 tutorial I walk you through the importance of HSL in Lightroom CC. HSL stands for Hue Saturation and Luminance in a photo. Essentially Hue Saturation and Luminance allows you change pretty much the feel of each color inside lightroom.

Hue – This is the actual color. With these sliders inside Lightroom CC you can move each color to change it within a range to appear a slightly different shade. So with blue you can  make it appear or aqua or more purple. You cannot however push it so far that you change it completely to say Red.

Saturation – This is simple, its how saturated the color is. So how blu is blue, essentially colors are made up of Red Green and Blue for digital and usually CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black) for print. each color is a mixture of the 3/4 colors. So the higher the saturation the more vibrant or intense the color will be. Turn the saturation down and it moves toward greyscale of black and white

Luminance – This is kind of how reflective to light a color range is. Decrease luminance and the color range will get darker and increase it and the color will get lighter or ‘brighter’.

Learning these skills inside Lightroom will help you become a better photo editor and improve your overall Photography. This easy Lightroom 6 tutorial for beginners will help you learn Lightroom and improve your photography in no time.

In this Video you will learn:

– Edit Individual colors in Lightroom
– Highlight Colors In Lightroom
– Desaturate A Photo In Lightroom

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Ed Gregory

Ed is the founder of Photos in Color, Stokpic, In Color Studios and Co founder of Dance Lovely. From performing on broadway and International world tours as an actor to shooting editorials for magazines he has been obsessed with the creative industries his entire life. He says 'I was born an artist, its the only thing I know'. Ed has traveled to over 30 countries lived in 10+ and even lived in the jungle in Borneo. As a visual artist he has created documentaries, magazine covers, TV spots and countless digital publications the world over. .... 'Judge you success by growth not by comparison' ....


  1. Eleena

    Though I am not a lightroom user but the whole HSL process seeming to me familiar. I guess the reason is, there are lots of similarities between lightroom and Photoshop. Thank you for the video instruction, it will be more helpful for all.

    • Ed Gregory

      It is in fact almost identical to what is possible in Photoshop. Although Photoshop gives you a wider range of tools to effect an image Lightroom definitely is always the starting and ending place for me. I am starting my photoshop training course in the next week so be sure to stay tuned. Thanks for the comment.

    • Ed Gregory

      You are right that the HSL in Lightroom is very similar to things you can do inside Photoshop. In fact in many ways it is exactly the same. The only thing is that in Photoshop you can use layer, masking and an unlimited amount of other things. In fact I am starting my photoshop course next week so stay tuned.


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