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Learn how to change color in Lightroom! Changing the color in Lightroom is such an easy tip that can really enhance your photographs. I love changing colors in Lightroom and making them jump out more! In this blog post I have an editing video for you so you can watch me do it, or if it’s easier for you to read my process, I also lay that out for you.
Before we get to all that fun stuff, though, let’s talk about why we might want to change the color of something.
why you should change the color
I’ll start with a basic example. Say you let your kid dress themselves that day, and they’re wearing a neon colored shirt. You could embrace that color, sure, but you can also change the color or make it more muted! In Photoshop, this is SUPER easy to do. But I don’t always want to bring my image into Photoshop. In Lightroom, it’s just as easy, you just don’t have as much control. But, 95% of the time that I change colors, I use Lightroom. It’s just so easy and there’s no need to bring a photo into Photoshop unless you HAVE to. Ok, maybe that’s just me. I love editing in Lightroom the majority of the time.
So another reason you might want to change the color is to help with composition or use something called ‘Color Theory’. I won’t get into that today….but soon. Feel free to google that though and have your mind blown!
Changing the color can really help tell the story you are wanting to tell. I often change the color to help with everything looking cohesive in the frame. Or to use color theory like I mentioned above. It’s really so fun and easy to change the color!
Ok, enough talking and yapping, let’s watch that video!
video – how to change color in lightroom
The video lays out how I go about changing the color of a shirt in Lightroom. But let’s go over it real fast:
- Click on Brush tool
- Double click Effects to revert the settings back to normal
- Paint on where you want to change the color
- Bring saturation all the way down
- Check the auto mask button
- Paint on and erase as you need
- If you need to see where you’ve painted on, press the ‘O’ button on your keyboard
- Once the whole area is painted, click on the X box next to color (at the very bottom of the brush settings) and pick a color
- Play around with that until you find the color you love
- THAT’S IT!
- HAVE FUN!
I hope you use this fun little trick a lot! Leave me a comment below if you use this trick, if you’ve used it, or if you think it’s wonderful and you’re going to use it! Also leave a comment if you have any questions at all. I love to hear from my readers and I am happy to answer any questions.
Thanks so much for reading/watching!!
Alyssa (sometimes going by Aly) is a hobbyist photographer who loves to teach. Her love of photography started before she ever had any kids. Now a mom of two, she loves to photograph her kids, flowers, and landscape. She specializes in capturing her everyday life. She loves to teach fellow beginner photographers how to take control of their cameras and get the images they dream about getting.