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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Essential Training, author Chris Orwig provides a comprehensive look at Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. The course covers indispensable techniques such as importing, processing, and organizing images in the Library, correcting and adjusting images in the Develop module, and creating slideshows, web galleries, and print picture packages. In addition to exploring all of Lightroom 3's capabilities, this course is rich with creative tips and expert advice on photographic workflow. Exercise files accompany the course.
Let's take a look at a couple of different scenarios where we can make some subtle yet nonetheless significant color adjustments to our photographs using Vibrance and Saturation. All right well here we're going to work on this file. It's inside of the misc folder, and its number 3. So if we press the D key to go to the Develop module, what we can do is we can start to look at the image. One of the things that I notice is, well I like the photograph, the colors, the greens and also the purple Wisteria flowers in the background. I feel like it's not quite warm enough. So I'm just going to go ahead and warm this up just a couple of points here.
Now as I do that, one of the things I notice is it makes this purple color lose a little bit of its purple, right, because I've added a little bit of yellow. Let's zoom in even further so we can see this. So in that case what I want to do is increase my Vibrance. Now I'm going to exaggerate this. It's going to look bad initially, but just stick with me. So as I increase this, you can see that I'm able to bring back a lot of that purple and also a ton of the green. I brought back too much, I'm aware. But what I'm going to do is again try to find a sweet spot where I can get some of those nice purple colors there.
I'm going to desaturate it touch so this image isn't oversaturated, and I'm just visually looking at my monitor trying to find a nice sweet spot for this photograph. All right well if I press the Backslash key now, we're going to see here's the before and there's the after. We've warmed the image up, but in addition to warming it up, we added some nice subtle color. To see the before and the after of the color what I can do is reset the Presence here. On a Mac you can do that by holding on the Option key, on a PC, hold down the Alt key, then you click on Reset Presence, and now here you can see without the Presence.
So here is with the Presence, and then here it is without. So subtle yet significant. Definitely helps out a little bit regards to these colors. All right well what about a photograph of a person? Let's press the G key to go back to the Grid view. Let's click on this folder frs and select one of these images here. I'll go ahead and select this one and what I'm going to do is take this to the Develop module. I'll press the D key to go to Develop and I want to look at this in a one to one view. Now one of the things that I noticed here is that I like the shallow depth of field and even the color and whatnot, but I want to see if I can bring out some of the colors that are a little bit more faint.
In this case again I'm going to exaggerate for a moment, but as I increase Vibrance, we can see that it's bringing our lot more of the colors in the eyes. It's also bringing out colors in the garment, some stuff in the background as well. So again here, we're going to try similar technique. We'll increase that Vibrance and actually even just doing that I think it's going to be nice. Here's our before and then after, and you can see that it's brought out some of those other colors that were a little bit further back. You also notice that the face has a little bit more red and yellow in it and so it's kind of interesting. Again, maybe just desaturate just a couple points there, say increase my Vibrance, and then of course we can modify color Temperature as needed.
So here is our before and then our after. So one of the things I'm trying to get you to think about in this movie is how you can use these controls in subtle ways. Now a lot of people won't even necessarily notice the difference. But let's zoom in even further and I'll go to a two to one zoom here and look at the eyes and the face for a moment and here is our before and then our after. Again, its subtle, but we could see some significant changes with the color here and then this skin tone just looks a little bit better.
So again what I'm trying to reiterate here is that these changes are subtle but many times very significant. It's going to work differently on every different image. Sometimes increasing Vibrance is going to be a real problem and you're going to noise to your photographs and it will exaggerate some of the color noise in the background. Other times, like with this image, I think it does a pretty nice job of bringing out some different colors. Keep in mind that you want to try this on a number of different types of images. For example, fall leaves if you increase the Vibrance they look amazing, right, because you have so many different colors in there.
So you want to experiment and you also want to keep in mind that a lot of times the way that you're going to use these Vibrance and Saturation controls is with pretty subtle or pretty incremental adjustments, meaning it's really rare that you increase it all the way one way or all the way another. That's more the exception than the rule. Now at the Saturation slider, yeah sure you can desaturate, but it is very rare that you're going to increase the Saturation very high. So again it's smaller movements a little bit more around the middle, trying to find the sweet spot for your photographs so that the colors look Vibrant and alive.
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