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Adjusting color intensity with Vibrance

From: Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Fundamentals

Video: Adjusting color intensity with Vibrance

In this movie, we're going to increase the saturation levels of the photo filter image and reduce the saturation levels of the color balance image using a command called Vibrance, and notice that my Photo Filter adjustment layer is selected here in the Layers panel. You can once again apply Vibrance as an adjustment layer. So I'll bring out my Adjustments panel, and I'll click on this V icon for Vibrance, and that switches me once again to the Properties panel. Now let me go ahead and scoot the image over so we can see it.

Adjusting color intensity with Vibrance

In this movie, we're going to increase the saturation levels of the photo filter image and reduce the saturation levels of the color balance image using a command called Vibrance, and notice that my Photo Filter adjustment layer is selected here in the Layers panel. You can once again apply Vibrance as an adjustment layer. So I'll bring out my Adjustments panel, and I'll click on this V icon for Vibrance, and that switches me once again to the Properties panel. Now let me go ahead and scoot the image over so we can see it.

You know how saturation works. If you crank the Saturation value up, you will get more garish colors. And if you reduce the Saturation value to its absolute minimum, you will end up with a grayscale image. I'm going to go ahead and reset that value to 0 for now. Vibrance is more selective. It weights the low saturation colors more than the high saturation colors. So in other words, if you increase the value, you're going to increase the intensity of the low saturation colors more than those of the high saturation colors.

If you reduce the Vibrance value, you are going to take away vibrance from the low saturation colors, and the only colors that will remain are those that were high saturation in the first place. I'm going to go ahead and take that value up to 50 and then I will tab to the Saturation value and press Shift+Up arrow a couple times to take it to 20. So we end up with a much more vivid colors, and I might be going a little bit too far with this effect, but I want the difference to be obvious.

So I'll hide the Properties panel for a moment. This is the final image without the saturation boost, and this is what it looks like when we apply a combination of vibrance and saturation. Now let's scoot things over so we can see the color balance image and I'll click on the Color Balance adjustment layer to make it active, and this time around, I'll apply Vibrance using the black white icon down here at the bottom of the Layers panel. But first press the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac, and then click and hold on that icon and choose the Vibrance command, and this will force the display of the New Layer dialog box.

I don't really care about the name. However, you do want to turn on Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask. That way the Vibrance adjustment will affect the color balance image only. Now I will click OK and this time I'm going to take the Vibrance value down to let's say -15 should do the trick. We don't need to touch the Saturation value. And now, I'll go ahead hide the Properties panel and that ends up giving us some more muted, natural colors. Now let's compare all the images. I'm going to press Shift+F to switch to the Full Screen mode, and then Command+0 or Ctrl+0 to zoom out so that we can take in all four of the images.

And where this image is concerned, the Auto Tone and the Photo Filter adjustments end up looking pretty similar to each other, whereas the Auto Color and Color Balance adjustments end up resembling each other quite closely as well. If I were to select any one of them, I would probably go with the Color Balance adjustment even though it was the most difficult to pull off. However, I stress every photograph is different and your results are going to vary depending on the character of that photograph, which is why in the next movie, we're going to leave Photoshop for a moment and I will show you what is possibly the most reliable method for correcting color casts inside Camera Raw.

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Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Fundamentals

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  1. 19m 15s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 27s
    2. Opening from the Windows desktop
      4m 7s
    3. Opening from the Macintosh Finder
      4m 9s
    4. Opening from Photoshop or Bridge
      2m 45s
    5. Opening an image from Mini Bridge
      1m 16s
    6. Opening through Camera Raw
      2m 32s
    7. Closing one image and Closing All
      1m 59s
  2. 38m 14s
    1. Navigating your image
      40s
    2. The dark vs. the light interface
      3m 12s
    3. Navigating tabs and windows
      4m 32s
    4. Panels and workspaces
      4m 27s
    5. Zooming incrementally
      4m 29s
    6. Zooming continuously
      2m 43s
    7. Entering a custom zoom value
      2m 25s
    8. Scrolling and panning images
      2m 31s
    9. Rotating and resetting the view
      2m 11s
    10. Cycling between screen modes
      3m 10s
    11. Using the Navigator panel
      3m 38s
    12. Adjusting a few screen prefs
      4m 16s
  3. 45m 58s
    1. Digital imaging fundamentals
      1m 45s
    2. Image size and resolution
      3m 3s
    3. The Image Size command
      3m 27s
    4. Common resolution standards
      3m 20s
    5. Upsampling vs. real pixels
      4m 36s
    6. Changing the print size
      6m 16s
    7. Downsampling for print
      4m 12s
    8. Downsampling for email
      3m 11s
    9. The interpolation settings
      5m 22s
    10. Downsampling advice
      4m 36s
    11. Upsampling advice
      6m 10s
  4. 53m 17s
    1. The layered composition
      1m 40s
    2. Introducing the Layers panel
      4m 12s
    3. Adding, scaling, and aligning layers
      5m 27s
    4. Dragging and dropping layers
      4m 36s
    5. Stack, reveal, and rename
      2m 58s
    6. Opacity, history, and blend mode
      6m 5s
    7. Duplicating a selected portion of a layer
      5m 32s
    8. Applying a clipping mask
      3m 58s
    9. Blending inside a clipping mask
      4m 10s
    10. Finishing off your artwork
      3m 13s
    11. Creating a new layer and background
      4m 24s
    12. Layering tips and tricks
      7m 2s
  5. 26m 19s
    1. The art of saving
      54s
    2. Four things to know about saving
      6m 0s
    3. Saving layers to PSD
      6m 38s
    4. Saving print images to TIFF
      4m 48s
    5. Saving an interactive image to PNG
      3m 41s
    6. Saving a flat photo to JPEG
      4m 18s
  6. 19m 36s
    1. Honing in on your image
      1m 43s
    2. The new and improved Crop tool
      3m 35s
    3. Editing your last crop
      3m 1s
    4. Straightening a crooked image
      2m 29s
    5. Filling in missing details
      6m 44s
    6. Using the Perspective Crop tool
      2m 4s
  7. 42m 6s
    1. First, there is brightness
      2m 12s
    2. How luminance works
      4m 18s
    3. The three Auto commands
      3m 27s
    4. Automatic brightness and contrast
      3m 19s
    5. The Brightness/Contrast command
      2m 47s
    6. The dynamic adjustment layer
      4m 5s
    7. Editing adjustment layers
      3m 52s
    8. Isolating an adjustment with a layer mask
      3m 31s
    9. Introducing the histogram
      4m 58s
    10. Measuring an adjustment
      3m 34s
    11. Using the Shadows/Highlights command
      6m 3s
  8. 44m 33s
    1. And second, there is color
      1m 31s
    2. Identifying a color cast
      3m 34s
    3. Correcting a color cast automatically
      3m 57s
    4. Changing the color balance
      6m 10s
    5. Compensating with Photo Filter
      3m 11s
    6. Adjusting color intensity with Vibrance
      3m 29s
    7. Correcting color cast in Camera Raw
      5m 46s
    8. The Hue/Saturation command
      5m 26s
    9. Summoning colors where none exist
      4m 8s
    10. Making more color with Vibrance
      4m 27s
    11. Making a quick-and-dirty sepia tone
      2m 54s
  9. 55m 46s
    1. Making selective modifications
      1m 10s
    2. The geometric Marquee tools
      6m 1s
    3. Aligning one image element to another
      4m 59s
    4. The freeform Lasso tools
      3m 59s
    5. Polygonal Lasso tool and Quick Mask
      5m 19s
    6. Cropping one selection inside another
      6m 15s
    7. Creating rays of light
      4m 44s
    8. Quick Selection and Similar
      4m 11s
    9. Making it better with Refine Edge
      4m 56s
    10. Integrating image elements
      2m 39s
    11. Magic Wand and Grow
      5m 17s
    12. Refine, integrate, and complete
      6m 16s
  10. 53m 49s
    1. Your best face forward
      1m 0s
    2. Content-Aware Fill
      6m 11s
    3. Using the Spot Healing Brush
      5m 36s
    4. The more capable "standard" Healing Brush
      5m 55s
    5. Meet the Clone Source panel
      3m 53s
    6. Caps Lock and Fade
      4m 57s
    7. The Dodge and Burn tools
      5m 1s
    8. Adjusting color with the Brush tool
      6m 35s
    9. Smoothing skin textures
      5m 58s
    10. Brightening teeth
      4m 0s
    11. Intensifying eyes
      4m 43s
  11. 51s
    1. Goodbye
      51s

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