One Slider in Lightroom

(Note: If you’ve already ready this, then see the edit below.) I gotta admit, it’s pretty nice when this happens. I moved one slider in this photo below to get from the before image to the after. It’s a photo I took at the Sheik Zayed Mosque while teaching in Dubai a few weeks ago. It was just a magnificent place to see, and anywhere you pointed your camera you were sure to get a great shot. It didn’t hurt that I had a nice sunny day with a crisp blue sky either – the colors work great together. Anyway, any guesses what slider it was? (You have to be specific though) I’ll post the answer later today :)

Edit at 1:15pm:

OK, I’ll end the suspense. It was pretty simple. I moved the Vibrance slider to about +50. I originally tried the Luminance settings (Blue slider) in the HSL panel but I liked Vibrance better so that’s what I stuck with. Also, after looking at it for a few minutes since then, I’ve dropped my setting to around +30. I’ve showed it to several folks here at the office. Some like it punchier at 50 and some like it more subdued at +30. Honestly, when I was there, it felt like it was a lot more blue (definitely more saturated than the original). But I think I’ll stick with the less blue version at +30. Thanks joining in!

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Author: Matt K

Matt is a full time Education Director for the NAPP and Kelby Training. He's a best-selling author of various books on Photoshop and Photography co-hosts the live weekly photography talk show "The Grid" and is co-host of "Photoshop User TV". In his spare time he practices as a 1st degree black belt in Taekwondo and enjoys spending time with his family in Tampa, FL.

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61 Comments

  1. I’m guessing you went to the Color section (HSL/Color/B&W), selected Blue, and moved the hue slider to the right. This would intensify the shadows, deepen the blue in the sky, and sharpen the gold accents.

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  2. The Blue Luminance slider? To the left, to the left….

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    • I agree with Pete – HSL panel: Blue Luminance slider to the left (negative luminance).

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    • yup agree. its blue luminance.

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    • That was my thought before I read any of the comments. :)

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  3. I would propose it was the “Vibrance” slider :-)
    I love that one a lot and use it in my Default import settings at “+15″ together with saturation at “-10″.

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  4. Hi Matt,
    I believe it would be the BLACKS slider.

    All the way from Valencia (Spain)

    Miguel

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  5. Assuming it’s a default slider, I’m guessing Vibrancy.

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  6. Hi!

    I think, that it was silder marked ‘Black’. You add some of course, I guess.

    Right, or wrong? :)

    Regards,
    bombel

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  7. It is the BLACKS slider. :)

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  8. My guess, midtones adjusted with clarity slider.

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  9. i’m putting my vote in the vibrance box

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  10. Pete’s right…..

    You moved the blue luminance slider to the left.

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  11. HSL Panel: Blue Luminance slider to the left (Negative Luminance). Let’s say -33…

    :-)

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  12. Guessing HSL Panel, about minus 30 on the blue channel luminance.

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  13. I’m guessing you just cranked the contrast way up, perhaps even to 100%.

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  14. There is in HSL section Luminance Blue go down (from center to left).

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  15. Exposure – to the left

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  16. I’m gonna say Vibrance to the right. I’ve had similar experiences with blue skies in the past.

    …can’t be Contrast because the building would look totally different. I’m also guessing against HSL-Luminescence since I think that would just make the bland blue of the sky darker and not more vibrant.

    Could be HSL-Blue-Saturation to the right, but the little gold things on the building seem to have perked up a bit as well.

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  17. I’m with paperpuncher: Vibrance.

    It’s more than just the Blue Luminescence or Saturation because the gold is brighter. The shadows also don’t seem to have changed, so it’s not blacks.

    It could be Saturation too, though.

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  18. Vibrance, because the shadows are not enough black for Blacks slider. And not blue luminance, because gold parts of image are saturated too.

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  19. My guess: in Camera Calibration, Blue Primary Saturation up to about 85-90,

    By the way: that panel is not very well known but very powerful!

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  20. Blue Luminance slider–moved to the left. I hope I am right. I love LUMINANCE!

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  21. I’m going to vote Vibrance being cranked up. Although Blue Luminance if ganged with the right companion sliders may do the same.

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  22. Hi Matt,

    Ok, I’m going for the BLUE slider in the HSL ‘Saturation’ section.

    Cheers,
    Glyn

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  23. I was gonna go with Blue Saturation cranked up. But then I noticed the yellow in the cones is also punchier in your after shot. Cranking up blues wouldn’t affect the yellows.

    I’ll have to go with Vibrance in this case… around +75-80.

    And we all know how much you like Vibrance :)

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  24. First guess: HSL->Blue Saturation
    Second guess: Vibrance

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  25. Guess #1: Vibrance
    Guess #2: Blue Luminance

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  26. Must be Vibrance!
    Look, the blues are intesivied just as the gold!
    No way for HSL with just one slider. ;)

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  27. How sad… I was just going to guess but the answer came through. I guess there are no “points” for “just about” guessing the right answer.

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  28. I’m pretty sure that’s just the Hightlights slider (under Tone Curve) a notch to the right, just before the point where the white begins to clip.

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  29. Matt,

    I saw your answer already, but I was in the Luminance camp. However, on closer look you can see that the Vibrance slider enhanced the gold spires slightly, too. This would not have been the case with Luminance.

    I love it when you only have to use one slider!

    Cheers!

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  30. Matt,

    I’ve been playing around with Vibrance slider and it has has been a great tool. The sweet spot has been around +30 for most of my pictures. For those who haven’t tried it, you should!

    Kenny

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  31. awesome you were in dubai the same week as I and also made a picture around the same time then me :D
    hmm, perhaps we met and nobody knew, I like that – makes the world smaller and nicer :) cheers from austria

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  32. Wow, what a beautiful place. This is a bit nit-picky but… the vibrance slider seems to have increased the contrast too and caused an ever so slight loss of detail in the textures of the buildings which IMO is part of their beauty. You might brush in a tiny bit of clarity or negative exposure to bring that back. Just a thought. :)

    Thanks for all the great info Matt!

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  33. What a great result from a simple tweak! Who’d have thought it would bring the photograph so ‘alive’ – well I guess the name of the slider gives an indication! Great tip, thanks :)

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