The Desaturate Highlights and Desaturate Lows Filters

Sometimes, the use of one of the Final Cut Pro color correction filters results in unwanted colors appearing in either the highlights or shadows of your image. The Desaturate Highlights and Desaturate Lows filters allow you to target a range of the brightest and darkest areas of your image and desaturate them, which helps to keep the highlights and shadows of your image free from coloration.

The Desaturate Highlights and Desaturate Lows filters are actually the same filter, but with different default settings. If you need to desaturate the highlights and the shadows, you can apply either filter once and then select both options.

Desaturate Highlights and Desaturate Lows Filter Controls

The following section describes controls in the Desaturate Highlights and Desaturate Lows filters.

Figure. Filters tab showing the Highlight Desaturation and Lows Desaturation controls.
Highlight Desaturation Controls
  • Enable: Allows you to turn on or turn off the Highlight Desaturation controls.
  • Apply Above: Allows you to set the percentage of luma and above to desaturate.
  • Softness: Adjusts the transition between the affected and unaffected areas of the picture.
  • Amount of Desaturation: Determines how much to desaturate the selected highlights.
Lows Desaturation Controls
  • Enable: Allows you to turn on or turn off the Lows Desaturation controls.
  • Apply Below: Allows you to set the percentage of luma and below to desaturate.
  • Softness: Adjusts the transition between the affected and unaffected areas of the picture.
  • Amount of Desaturation: Determines how much to desaturate the selected lows. Desaturation of 100 percent results in complete grayscale.