Lightroom is an interesting piece of software, on one hand, if all you want to do is apply a preset or make some basic adjustments to your image it can be an incredibly simple and straightforward experience. On the other hand, if you want to take things to another level in your postprocessing workflow without leaving Lightroom there are some more advanced ways that you can tweak and modify your images to great effect. One such method is this way to adjust the color of specific objects in your images within Lightroom utilizing the adjustment brush.
In this quick video tutorial, Jesus Ramirez from the Photoshop Training Channel demonstrates how to make adjustments to the color in specific areas of your image without having to leave Lightroom. You see, if you want to make adjustments to the color of your image on a broader scale, than the default color panel in Lightroom can work, but when you are wanting to work on specific objects or sections of your image then the color panel becomes less useful. This is where the technique that Ramirez discusses in the video below comes into play.
The steps for changing the color of objects in Adobe Lightroom
Make sure and watch the video for the full process, but the basics of the process are as follows…
- Step 1: Open the Adjustment Brush (with auto-mask)
- Step 2: Mask over the object you wish to change the color of
- Step 3: Use the brush sliders to desaturate the object
- Step 4: Use the color filter to add the desired color back onto the object
- Step 5: Use the other adjustment brush sliders to fine tune the color to your desired look
This technique will work better for some objects than others, as you could see in the video, even on a fairly easy item like that jacket there was still a lot of cleanup that Ramirez had to do in order to get the color change to a level that you or a client would be happy with. But that said, this is clearly a solid way to make some more targeted adjustments to your images without needing to leave Lightroom. All you have to do is think outside of the box and Lightroom can do a lot more for you than you realize.
All of that said, if you have Photoshop, as Ramirez says in the video; the tools to do this sort of thing are much more powerful and the process is a little easier. We certainly recommend using Photoshop if you can, but in a pinch or if Photoshop isn’t an option for you, it’s good to know that you can get the job done on things like this from within Lightroom itself.