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Create Stunning Tones with Selective Colors

Create dramatic stylistic changes and unique artistic pictures with selective color photography in Luminar Neo. It’s an editing technique that allows you to adjust individual tones, and an essential tool for subtle color corrections.

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Benefits of Selective Color Adjustments

Subtle color corrections

Using selective color tools, you can adjust only those parts of your image that need to be fixed. For example, a harsh midday sky can be fixed by adjusting the blue tone, and an autumn forest can be enhanced by adjusting the orange tone. You can use HSL filters to make colors more vivid or more neutral. Selective color photos bring realistic results and are often used in landscape photography.

Selective colorization effect 

Selective coloring is used to create color highlights in black-and-white pictures. With such catchy photo color effects it’s easy to bring a strong focal point to an image. Selective color adjustments save you from making complicated selections and working with layers and masks.

Change the mood of your pictures

Selective color filters allow you to modify only a specific range of colors, like warm or cool colors. These adjustments will completely change the mood of your images. For example, you can adjust warm colors to enhance a sunset or cool colors to add an icy feel to a winter landscape.

How to Make Selective Color Adjustments in Luminar Neo?

Use black and white conversion to achieve selective colorization
Luminar Neo Convert to B&W tool gives you access to luminance and saturation for red, yellow, green, cyan, magenta, and blue. 

Achieve subtle color corrections with the HSL filter 
The HSL tool in Color allows you to selectively adjust the hue, saturation, and luminance of an individual color. You can work with red, orange, yellow, green, aqua, blue, purple, and magenta.

Work directly on highlights and shadows
Color tint photo editor Luminar Neo has Color Balance that allows you to change the color of just highlights, just midtones, just shadows, or both highlights and shadows. It also has a Split Color Warmth filter, which is useful if you need to change the color of cool and warm tones. 

Get Creative with the Selective Coloring

No matter what you’ve captured, any photo can be made creative with the help of a photo hue changer. Add a splash of color, adjust individual colors, fine-tune, or experiment. The results will impress you.

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Achieving the Perfect Color Corrections

Even though it’s a subjective matter, there are some general guidelines that can help you achieve accurate and pleasing color corrections.
- Learn the color wheel and color theory. 
- Adjusting the white balance to ensure accurate representation of whites and neutrals.
- Fine-tune the exposure and contrast levels to achieve the desired tonal range and overall brightness. 
- If necessary, adjust the individual color channels (red, green, blue, cyan, magenta, yellow) to achieve the desired color balance. 
- And, of course, use selective color correction.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is selective color change?

Selective color change refers to the process of altering or modifying the colors of specific elements within an image or video while leaving the rest of the colors unchanged. It allows you to target and adjust the color of specific objects, areas, or even individual pixels within an image, without affecting the overall color balance. You can achieve it with tools that have any color hue changer feature.

How do selective color effects work?

Selective color effects work by isolating specific colors or areas within a color filter photo and applying modifications to those selected regions while keeping the rest of the image unaffected. You can easily achieve it in Luminar Neo.

How to remove a specific color from an image?

Use the tools in Luminar Neo like the HSL tool, or B&W Converter. You’ll be surprised how easy it is!
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