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Lightroom 4 Image Optimization Workshop
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Boosting colors with Vibrance and Saturation


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Lightroom 4 Image Optimization Workshop

with Tim Grey

Video: Boosting colors with Vibrance and Saturation

I find that color is very often a primary motivation for taking a photograph in the first place. And so, I often want to try to boost or otherwise improve those colors in my photos. The Vibrance and Saturation adjustments in Lightroom allow us to give colors a little bit of a kick in our photographs. These two controls are found in the basic section of the right panel in the Develop module. We'll go ahead down a little bit here. Vibrance and Saturation are actually both very similar adjustments. They both allow you to either increase or decrease the intensity of colors within a photo.
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  1. 1m 31s
    1. Welcome
      1m 31s
  2. 15m 9s
    1. Overview of the Develop module workflow
      3m 8s
    2. Evaluating images
      3m 26s
    3. Seeing a before-and-after view
      3m 40s
    4. Correcting mistakes with the History and Snapshot features
      4m 55s
  3. 20m 17s
    1. Starting with a Develop preset
      4m 9s
    2. White balance adjustment
      4m 8s
    3. Basic exposure controls
      3m 26s
    4. Highlights, shadows, whites, and blacks
      3m 15s
    5. Adding clarity to an image
      2m 15s
    6. Boosting colors with Vibrance and Saturation
      3m 4s
  4. 31m 39s
    1. Fine-tuning with the Tone Curve adjustment
      7m 22s
    2. Advanced color adjustments
      5m 5s
    3. Sharpening an image
      6m 33s
    4. The Graduated Filter tool
      5m 2s
    5. Painting adjustments into an image
      7m 37s
  5. 24m 11s
    1. Cleaning up blemishes
      5m 4s
    2. Cropping and straightening photos
      5m 55s
    3. Applying noise reduction
      3m 52s
    4. Lens correction adjustments
      6m 2s
    5. Removing red-eye
      3m 18s
  6. 18m 41s
    1. Creating virtual copies
      2m 52s
    2. Converting color into black and white
      3m 51s
    3. Adding a color tint
      2m 30s
    4. Split toning effects
      3m 20s
    5. Adding a vignette effect
      3m 56s
    6. Adding a film grain effect
      2m 12s
  7. 12m 31s
    1. Adjusting multiple images with Quick Develop
      2m 49s
    2. Duplicating the previous adjustment
      2m 38s
    3. Copying and pasting Develop settings
      3m 54s
    4. Synchronizing Develop settings
      3m 10s
  8. 17m 16s
    1. Basic Photoshop workflow
      5m 41s
    2. Stitching panoramas
      5m 1s
    3. Working with HDR images
      6m 34s

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Lightroom 4 Image Optimization Workshop
2h 21m Intermediate Apr 27, 2012

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In this workshop digital imaging guru Tim Grey focuses on the Develop module of Adobe Lightroom 4. Starting with an overview of the image optimization workflow in Lightroom, Tim walks you through the process of evaluating your images and deciding what adjustments you need to make. He teaches you how to use the Develop module's presets to achieve quick results, as well as how to apply your own adjustments, from simple exposure and color adjustments to advanced options like the Tone Curve and the Graduated Filter tool. Learn techniques for cleaning up your images, applying creative adjustments, and duplicating adjustments across multiple images. Finally, get some tips for integrating Lightroom and Photoshop to create panoramas and high dynamic range images.

Topics include:
  • Evaluating images
  • Seeing a before and after view
  • Correcting mistakes with the History and Snapshot features
  • Develop module basics
  • Fine-tuning with the Tone Curve
  • Sharpening an image
  • Painting adjustments into an image
  • Image cleanup
  • Creative adjustments
  • Duplicating adjustments
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Software:
Lightroom
Author:
Tim Grey

Boosting colors with Vibrance and Saturation

I find that color is very often a primary motivation for taking a photograph in the first place. And so, I often want to try to boost or otherwise improve those colors in my photos. The Vibrance and Saturation adjustments in Lightroom allow us to give colors a little bit of a kick in our photographs. These two controls are found in the basic section of the right panel in the Develop module. We'll go ahead down a little bit here. Vibrance and Saturation are actually both very similar adjustments. They both allow you to either increase or decrease the intensity of colors within a photo.

But they operate a little bit differently. Saturation is the more basic of the two adjustments. If I move the Saturation slider to the right, I will be boosting the intensity of all colors in the image, in doing so, relatively evenly. So, you can see that the dried plants here have had the yellows really boosted, but the red has also been boosted rather significantly. This can be a little bit problematic in many situations because the colors that were already somewhat saturated are getting over saturated. Well, okay, I've increased saturation by plus 100, so I would certainly argue that every single color in this photo is a bit overdone at the moment.

But the point is that even if I had applied a relatively modest increase in saturation in order to bring out just a little bit of color in those plants. It still might have been a little too much for the bright red. I'll go ahead and reset the saturation adjustment. And then we can take a look at Vibrance. I'll go ahead and increase Vibrance all the way up to plus 100. And you can see that once again we brought out some of the color in the dry grasses here, the foliage. But we have not created a problematic overdone look in the reds that were already saturated. The reason for that is that the Vibrance adjustment is, in effect, exercising a little bit of self control.

It will help protect skin tones but it also effects colors unevenly. When we increase Vibrance, colors that were already very saturated will not be boosted very much at all, and colors that were not very saturated will be boosted more. You can think of it as sort of bringing up the lesser saturated colors up to the level or closer to the level of colors that were already relatively saturated. If we reduce vibrance, then we'll see the colors that were highly saturated are toned down first and then the other colors start to get an effect.

The bottom line is that Vibrance can be very, very helpful for many images. And in fact, when I want to boost the colors in a photograph a little bit, I'll start with Vibrance. I'll boost the Vibrance as needed, or in some cases reduce Vibrance. Usually though I'm boosting colors rather than toning them down. And if I find that that's not quite producing exactly the effect I'm after then I might go to saturation, either increasing or decreasing saturation as needed. But by and large, I find that Vibrance provides all the control I need for either boosting or toning down the colors in a photograph.

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