The hue/saturation feature in Photoshop allows you to make corrective and creative color changes to any image. It also lets you make color adjustments to only a specific area by affecting a single layer. Let’s learn how to change hue and saturation of one layer in photoshop by following a few simple steps.
Sometimes you may have an image that is distributed over multiple layers. Different elements of a single image may exist in different layers. What if you want to make color adjustments to only one of the many layers? Thankfully, Photoshop allows you to do that in an effortless manner.
You can easily make hue and saturation changes to just one layer by using a hue/saturation layer and clipping mask feature in Photoshop. Here, we will explain how clipping masks and adjustment layers work together to help you make color alterations on just one layer.
In total, there are three elements that contribute to forming the color scheme of every digital image and graphic. These include the hue, saturation, and brightness. Photoshop provides powerful tools to adjust each of these components individually so that you can get the color that you desire.
Here, we will be looking at two of these components, which are hue and saturation. The first one, hue, is the basic attribute of the color. It represents the shade or color. The second one, saturation, is the intensity of the color. It represents how much of any color is being used in your image.
Both of these attributes can be edited through the hue/saturation adjustment layer in photoshop, where they are represented by sliders. You can simply move these sliders to the value that you want. However, this may cause the color to change in all the layers. Here, we will look at how to make changes to just one layer.
If you want to change the hue and saturation of only a specific area of your image in photoshop, you need to follow these steps:
The hue slider lets you set the hue (color) of your image as you need. When you slide it, the value of the color varies across the color spectrum. You can move it left or right as per your requirement and stop when you get your desired results.
The saturation slider allows you to set the color intensity of your image. By moving this slider, you can easily increase or decrease the color saturation. As you shift the slider to the left, the strength of the color will reduce. When you move it to the right, the strength of the color will boost up.
If the area you want to edit is not already present in a separate layer, then you will have to create a new layer for it before proceeding with any of the steps explained above. To do this:
The preset values for hue and saturation allow you to change the color without having to move the slider. Making the changes through the slider can sometimes be a hassle, especially if you don’t know the exact outcome you want. Thankfully, photoshop offers some preset values that can help you.
You can easily use the preset values through the drop-down menu present at the top of the property box. It can also help you reach a certain color value from where you can make further adjustments more easily.
If you want to adjust the color settings of an isolated layer of your image, then using the hue/saturation adjustment layer is the best way to go. It works together with clipping masks, as explained above, to help you get the desired color in any targeted area of your image very easily.