I like to increase the saturation a little bit to vivid the colours of the landscape, plants/flowers or clothes. But doing this with a (caucasian) human in the photo quickly makes the skin too pink.

Is there any easy technique to increase the saturation except for the skin tones?
I have more or less zero knowledge with the tones and HSV tools.

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    Assuming your color temperature and white balance settings closely match the illuminant used, if you play around with a Hue-Saturation-Luminance/Value/Brightness tool for very long you'll discover that human skin (of all ethnicities) is most affected by the orange color band. The red band is also highly influential, but orange will have the most impact on skin tones. If orange adjustments don't do much to skin tones, it probably means your CT is set to a lower value than your light source's output, your magenta ←→ green setting is too far into magenta, or your light source has a low CRI.
    – Michael C
    Feb 8 at 5:15

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Anything wrong with checking the "Protect skin-tones" box in the "Vibrance" section in the "Color" tab? That's where I'd raise saturation normally.

  • Indeed, thx! The skin-tones protection seems to limit very much the saturation in the red colours though (which make sense), I suppose you need to work in the HSV to saturate the reds while still excluding the skin
    – ymoreau
    Feb 7 at 9:08

In Photoshop, by placing a hue and saturation adjustment layer, the change can be global (Master) throughout the image or by color by choosing it from the master dropdown menu. Adobe Photoshop Hue/Saturation adjustment layer


Starting from this image, the image on the left is the original, and the one on the right is the retouching only increasing the saturation of yellows(minimally), greens, cyans, and blues:

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