Upgrade Your Toolkit: Get Better Hue vs Lum Results

November 8, 2023

Enhance your color grading toolkit in Part 2 of this series. Learn to affect color density with greater consistency using Hue vs Lum curves.


Part 2 – Reliably add ‘weight’ to specific colors

In the second entry in our Upgrade Your Toolkit series, we discuss color density, and how to add weight to your images. Making broad – yet targeted – adjustments to specific hues using a creative masking technique.

Creatively Channel Color Density

The Hue vs Lum tool can be a Colorist’s go-to option to increase or decrease the lightness of specific colors. The only problem with Hue vs Lum? It is very easy to break the tool and introduce artifacts.

Sat vs Lum is a great alternative tool. Contrast can be introduced in a subtle way that is less prone to artifacts. However, careful attention needs to be paid to how each hue reacts to Sat vs Lum; yellows can quickly turn into a murky brown. By using some creative masking (and not by qualifying), we can get excellent results that work with a wide range of images.

Key takeaways from this Insight

By the end of this Insight, you should understand how to:

  • Make broad adjustments with the Sat vs Lum curve
  • Narrow those adjustments to specific hues with color channel separation
  • Save gallery stills for easy reuse

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