HSL / Colorize adjustment on transparent layer?

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HSL / Colorize adjustment on transparent layer?

Post by DaveG74 »

I have a project with four layers of cloud formation backgrounds I'd like to test an effect on.
I'd like to apply Colorize or Hue/Saturation/Lightness to test each layer as an even blue. But I don't want to have to test each layer one by one...

If I apply a transparent layer above those different cloud layers, can I use that as a catch-all layer for this manner of adjustment?
Specifically, apply Hue/Saturation/Lightness or Colorize to that transparent layer and have the effect visible on those layers underneath? Or can this only be done one layer at a time?

In other words, do those adjustments have to be on a layer with data on it?

See below. Thanks in advance!

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Re: HSL / Colorize adjustment on transparent layer?

Post by LeviFiction »

I didn't follow that at all. So I shall try my best to answer.

Yes, to see adjustments the layer must have data on it. No you cannot use a blank layer. At least not in the way you described it.

Use actual Adjustment Layers (Layers->New Adjustment Layer -> HSL). The HSL Adjustment Layer will let you test non-destructively any HSL setting on layer beneath the adjustment layer. So you can play with the settings over and over again to see what works well with each of the lower layers.

If you want to do something similar to colorize, you would fill your blank layer with a blue color. Then set the blend mode to Color. You can also use Hue but colorize like Color uses the saturation of the layer's color. Then just fill it with different colors of blue, and adjust the transparency to get different effects.