How to Use the HSL Handles in Lightroom

What if I told you there is a way to alter ONE color in an image, in Lightroom, without affecting the entire image. There is! This hack is found in the HSL Panel within the Develop Mode.


What is the HSL Panel. HSL stands for H-Hue, S-Saturation, and L-Luminance. The HSL Panel can be found in the Develop Mode of Lightroom’s interface. And you can alter the hue, saturation and/or luminance of any color by itself, without correcting other colors. It is brilliant!

There is a handle, to the left of the HSL Panel, that looks almost like a target. You will actually find three handles in the HSL Panel. There is a handle for each section; Hue, Saturation, and Luminance. The blue arrows are pointing to the handles.

If you click any one of the three handles, and hover over a color in the image, you can change that color’s Hue, Saturation, or Luminance, without affecting the rest of the image.

Watch the video tutorial to see it in action. You are going to LOVE the control it gives you!

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