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Lesson 3. Basic Photo Corrections > Adjusting saturation with the Sponge tool

Adjusting saturation with the Sponge tool

Next, you’ll use the Sponge tool to saturate the color of the tulips. When you change the saturation of a color, you adjust its strength or purity. The Sponge tool is useful for making subtle saturation changes to specific areas of an image.

1.
Select the Sponge tool (), hidden under the Dodge tool ().

2.
On the tool options bar, do the following:

  • Again select a large, feathered brush, such as 27 pixels, from the Brush pop-up palette.

  • Choose Mode > Saturate.

  • For Flow (which sets the intensity of the saturation effect), enter 90%.

3.
Drag the sponge back and forth over the tulips and leaves to increase their saturation. The more you drag over an area, the more saturated the color becomes.

4.
Save your work.


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