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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.
In order to dig a little bit deeper into Vibrance and Saturation, let's work with this file titled color.psd. You can find it in the 03_Demo_Files folder. I'll press the D key to navigate to the Develop module. Now here you can see I have my Basic panel open and I have a couple of controls that help me affect color. Now Saturation we're pretty familiar with, right? If we lower Saturation, we remove color. If we increase the Saturation, we add color. But what's interesting is how it removes or adds color.
In other words, it works in a linear fashion. Now what it does is it says wherever this color is at, either increase from that point or decrease. So it takes different colors to your images and increases or decreases them in the real linear step-by-step fashion. Well how then does that compare to Vibrance? Well Vibrance is interesting because it makes nonlinear adjustments. In other words, in this current image I have some weak colors over here, right? If I increase my Vibrance what it's going to do is it's going to favor the weaker colors.
And you notice that now the image almost has an equal tonality across the board. Now it's not perfect, but what it did is it said, hey! I'm going to help the little guys over here. I'm going to boost those. Now these colors that are already pretty saturated, I'm not going to modify those very much. On the other hand, if I decrease the Vibrance, what we're going to see is again it's going to work on the weaker colors. So remove the weaker colors over here, but the stronger colors it didn't affect this much. So Vibrance really likes to analyze an image, and this is helpful.
For example, let's say of a photograph of a person. If you increase the Vibrance you can increase the overall color variety and tone without over saturating the skin or something like that. All right well now that we've seen how this works a little bit, let's apply this to a photograph. I'm going to press the G key to go back to the Grid View mode, and I will click on this folder titled sayulita, where I have some really colorful images that I captured down in mainland Mexico in this town of Sayulita. I'm going to select this image here, which is a photograph of a garage wall, and it's been painted.
It has this neat painting on it. I'll press the D key to go to the Develop module. Now I wan to deconstruct how Saturation and Vibrance work with this image. Well Saturation we know right? Decrease, remove color; increase, add color. Yeah, when I add color here it just looks a little bit too surreal and a little bit too punchy and isn't that interesting, and that happens a lot with Saturation. Well let's compare this with Vibrance. Vibrance on the other hand, when we increase this, what we're going to start to see is that we have more color variety.
We don't just have more color; we have more variety in the color. So it's giving us more blues then what are there before. I'm going to press the Backslash key, so we can see this. Here is our before and then after, again more colors there in the image. If I decrease Vibrance, it's going to affect the weaker colors more significantly. It even lost some of the stronger colors in the image. Now at this juncture, if I wanted to, I could increase the saturation. And here what I have is a little bit more of a muted image where I have those reds from the stronger colors, but then all the other colors have become muted.
Other interesting things that we can do here is this, double-click the triangle icons to reset these amounts. Sometimes what you can do is you can actually desaturate a little bit in order to make your colors a little bit more subtle. But then increase the overall color variety by increasing your Vibrance slider. This can give you some really distinct and unique looks that are realistic, rather than oversaturated. Because we've all seen those oversaturated images that are just too over the top. Let's take a look at our before and after.
I'll do that by pressing the Backslash key. So here's before and here's after. It's subtle yet significant. So one of the things you're going to want to start to do is to play with these controls. And here currently I'm using some demo files where color isn't that significant. We're making some adjustments that are simply just kind of fun and these images already have a ton of color inside of them. So what about those scenarios, where we're working on little bit more realistic photographs? How can we use Vibrance and Saturation in those situations? Well let's take a look at that in the next movie.
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