Project Description

The Advanced Color Editor builds on Exposure’s innovative 3D masking to make precise color modifications. You can select color regions in the image with simple controls, and then choose the new color to swap them with. This can be performed multiple times on a single photo.

Photos: Randy Kepple


Advanced Color Editor

Select the Advanced Color Editor at the top of the Color panel. Define a color to replace with hue, saturation, and luminance dimensions. To define the hue, simply select a color in the image with the hue eyedropper, and then clean-up the selection range with the corresponding handles. Once the ‘Convert from color’ selections are defined on the left of the panel, set the ‘to color’ with the controls on the right.

For more details about using the controls on this panel for selecting color ranges, check out the Color Masking Deep Dive video on our website.

Refining Selections

The sliders refine the selection boundaries made with the eye droppers. The top, or inside set of handles on the sliders indicate the edge of the full value. The bottom, or outer set of handles control the feathering between the inner edge and the unmasked area. The further the inner and outer handles are apart, the more gradual the edge of the mask will be.

Detailed Adjustments

Mask visualization modes are helpful when adjusting the selection boundaries. View the current color selection with the Show Overlay checkbox. To make it easier to see the masked pixels, click the icon next to that checkbox and increase the mask opacity, or select a different view.

  • Mask Only view is great for cleaning up the hue properties of the selection boundaries.
  • When adjusting the saturation controls, use the Visualize Saturation mode.
  • When setting the luminance range, Luminance Visualization mode is helpful.

For precise adjustments to each control, click the text field and enter a value manually. You can also use the up and down arrow keys to change the value. For a larger jump, use Shift and an arrow key. For a small jump, use Alt/Option and an arrow.

Multiple color replacements can be performed in a single step. Simply click the plus button and then set the criteria to select and replace the color. Any color replacement settings you make can be saved as a preset to reuse in future edits.