A One-Minute Tutorial on Creating Natural Saturation in Landscape Photos

Got a minute? This awesome tutorial will show you how to easily add a nice pop of saturation to a landscape photo in record time using Photoshop.

Coming to you from Unmesh Dinda of PiXimperfect, this great, quick tutorial will show you how to add extra saturation pop to your images by creating a saturation mask. This technique relies on using the HSB/HSL filter in Photoshop in tandem with the channels dialog, which allows you to very quickly and easily create a selection based on the saturation of the greens, which you can then convert to a layer mask for a corresponding saturation adjustment. And the coolest part is that because the mask is taken care of for you, you don't have to worry about trying to carefully work around leaves and avoid the sky or things of that nature; it's remarkably quick and easy. And just remember that like any adjustment of this nature, it's easy to go overboard. I recommend stepping away for a minute or two when you're done with an edit and coming back with a fresh set of eyes so you know if you need to dial down the opacity just a bit.

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John Dawson's picture

Unmesh consistently has some of the most insightful and well-produced PS tutorials online. They are truly a joy to watch.

Simon Patterson's picture

That's a great tip!

or you could just use vibrance adjustment layer which is pretty much the same

user-206807's picture

Unmesh knows more about Photoshop than the Photoshop creators themselves!!!

Yeah he's got some great tips, even though he talks sweet like he's selling you something. He's quite the character.

user-156818's picture


Thank you BUT Tony Kuyper points out why this method of yours is not to be advised.Attached then weblink as well as summary of the concerns.Keep up your enthusiasm .https://tonykuyper.wordpress.com/2018/05/17/saturation-masks-1-the-probl... SUMMARY: Saturation masks produced using Photoshop’s HSB/HSL filter display asymmetrical saturation when comparing light and dark colors. Light colors show a perfectly feathered saturation transition as colors get lighter and less saturated while dark colors get mapped as being more saturated than their color would suggest. A better method for making saturation masks would take into account pixel brightness as well as saturation.

Andrzej Muzaj's picture

Yeah... this method had been here for a while and it has some caveats (I believe Jimmy McIntyre did a video on this few years ago?). It will work with some images, and for some it won't.

This is the second 1 minute video I have seen from someone who I had previously seen only do extremely long-winded videos, and just like the previous one, it is outstanding! Thanks for the post.

Juan carlos Chu Zhang's picture

thanks for the tips. i do it similar with select option : color range and then use hue/saturation