Fixing Common Problems

Learn all about fixing image editing problems that are common in this free lesson.

Color corrections

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There are many times when you may want to adjust the colors in an image. For example, you may want to highlight certain colors in the image or even change the colors for artistic effect.

Saturation

Sometimes the colors in an image may appear to be dull or muted. You can compensate for this by increasing the saturation, which can make the colors look richer, or more vivid. You can see an example of this in the images below:

image showing photo at different levels of saturation

On the other hand, you can reduce the saturation to make the colors less vivid. If you remove the saturation completely, it will produce a black-and-white, or grayscale, image. You can see an example of this in the images below:

image showing photo at different levels of saturation

Drag the slider in the interactive below to adjust the saturation of the image. Careful, though! Too much saturation will cause the image to lose detail.

To adjust the saturation:

  1. With the image open in Pixlr Express, click the Adjustment button, then click Color. screenshot of Pixlr
  2. Click and drag the Saturation slider to increase or decrease the saturation—a preview will appear as you adjust the setting. screenshot of Pixlr
  3. Click Apply. The saturation will be adjusted. If desired, click the Save button to save this new version of the image.

Be careful not to increase the saturation too much. This can cause the colors to look unnatural, as in the example below:

image showing the effect of too much saturation

Other color corrections

There are many other ways to adjust the colors in an image. Color-correction tools may vary depending on your image editing application, but you can learn more about some common ones below: