How to Control Saturation in GIMP

Tuesday, May 31, 2011  at 6:58 AM
Learn to create vivid photographs with colors that pop!  Welcome to the third article in my Photography Editing in GIMP series.

Previous articles:

Article 1: Easy Photography Editing in GIMP
Article 2: How to Crop in GIMP

Control Your Color Saturation in GIMP

These tutorials use the free photo-editing program GIMP.  I am not being paid to endorse GIMP--I just really like it!

This tutorial will show you how to adjust the color saturation of a photo in GIMP.  This how-to guide will show you how to take a photo from this:

Grocer on a boat in Venice by Danalynn C

to this:

Grocer on a boat in Venice by Danalynn C

or even to this (a bit too much saturation for my tastes though!):
A lot of saturation by Danalynn C


Step 1: Open the photo in GIMP and click "Hue-Saturation" under the "Colors" heading.

Grocer on a boat in Venice by Danalynn C

Step 2: Slide the saturation slider to the left to decrease saturation, if desired.

Grocer on a boat in Venice by Danalynn C

Step 3: Slide the saturation slider to the right to increase saturation, if desired.

Grocer on a boat in Venice by Danalynn C

Step 4: Save once you have the desired saturation level.  Done!

Grocer on a boat in Venice by Danalynn C
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