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Adjusting vibrance and saturation

From: Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Creative Color

Video: Adjusting vibrance and saturation

In this movie, we are going to continue talking about how we can saturate or enhance or change the colors in our photographs. Now here we have this interesting photo again. I love this painting on the wall here. We are going to start off simple. We are going to start off looking at Vibrance and Saturation. Now we have a couple of controls here Vibrance and Saturation and we all know how saturation works, right. Click and drag it to left, the color is pulled out. Click and drag it to the right and we have more color. Now this is a linear adjustment and what I mean by that is as you increase the color all of the colors are increased or as you decrease all of the colors are removed.

Adjusting vibrance and saturation

In this movie, we are going to continue talking about how we can saturate or enhance or change the colors in our photographs. Now here we have this interesting photo again. I love this painting on the wall here. We are going to start off simple. We are going to start off looking at Vibrance and Saturation. Now we have a couple of controls here Vibrance and Saturation and we all know how saturation works, right. Click and drag it to left, the color is pulled out. Click and drag it to the right and we have more color. Now this is a linear adjustment and what I mean by that is as you increase the color all of the colors are increased or as you decrease all of the colors are removed.

Now on the other hand, if we reset that back to zero. Vibrance is a little bit different. This is nonlinear. If I click and drag this all the way to the left, what I notice is I still have the most prominent colors in this photograph, kind of interesting. I could then saturate those colors right and now I have just the weaker colors that have really been pulled out, right. And I could bring that up a little bit as well. So interesting! Well let's take the saturation to zero. Well, what happens if we increase the Vibrance amount? What I want to do is take a look at some of the weaker colors like the color we have up here in this umbrella or down here on the dress. Now when I increase the Vibrance amount, we are going to see the largest change in those areas.

So if we bring those up to 100%, look at our before and after. Before and after. We see the biggest changes and the colors are little bit weaker. We also see it in the background on the wall where there are some weaker reds there. Now the more saturated reds up here. They weren't even touched. You also notice some other colors that weren't touched as well throughout this photograph. So what's happening here with Vibrance is it's saying, hey, let's help out some of those weaker colors. Let's give them a little bit of a helping hand and boost those. Now the reason that Vibrance is so exciting is because it doesn't over saturate your image, rather it brings up these weaker tones, which is especially helpful when you have a photograph of a person, right. Because if we saturate a photograph of a person, their skin doesn't look good. But if you increase the Vibrance, which increases the color variety, it tends to look much better.

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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Creative Color

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  1. 4m 33s
    1. Welcome
      1m 41s
    2. Learning strategies
      2m 4s
    3. Using the exercise files
      48s
  2. 15m 1s
    1. The effect of color
      1m 50s
    2. Why color matters
      1m 56s
    3. Understanding color adaptation
      3m 16s
    4. Understanding color relationships
      2m 55s
    5. Introducing Adobe Kuler
      5m 4s
  3. 1h 15m
    1. Adjusting color and tone in a sunset portrait
      4m 23s
    2. Enhancing sunset colors pt. 1: Curves
      4m 7s
    3. Enhancing sunset colors pt. 2: Color Balance
      4m 26s
    4. Jellyfish pt. 1: Adjusting composition and color
      4m 52s
    5. Jellyfish pt. 2: Working with lighting effects and opacity
      4m 18s
    6. Jellyfish pt. 3: Integrating tone, color, and creativity
      6m 3s
    7. Night photography pt. 1: Brightening and contrast
      5m 12s
    8. Night photography pt. 2: Vibrance, hue, and saturation
      5m 29s
    9. Fisherman's rope: Color and Contrast
      3m 55s
    10. Fisherman's floats: Subtle color with curves
      5m 20s
    11. Wind tunnel: Masking using the Color Range command
      4m 14s
    12. Old desert sign: Quick color adjustments
      4m 24s
    13. Old neon sign: Creating impact
      2m 46s
    14. Artist's chalk: Enhancing vivid colors
      4m 9s
    15. Strawberry ice cream: Making subtle color enhancements
      2m 45s
    16. Hallways: Combining images with creative color
      4m 44s
    17. Santa Barbara Harbor: Adding color to grayscale images
      4m 29s
  4. 34m 14s
    1. Deconstructing Hue/Saturation
      3m 36s
    2. Using Hue/Saturation to change color
      2m 31s
    3. Adding accent color
      1m 49s
    4. Changing color with Quick Mask mode and Hue/Saturation
      2m 56s
    5. Replacing color with the Replace Color tool
      2m 49s
    6. Replacing and modifying color
      6m 59s
    7. Changing the color of an old fishing boat
      6m 50s
    8. Enhancing and changing eye color
      4m 30s
    9. Changing makeup color in a fashion portrait
      2m 14s
  5. 22m 6s
    1. Deconstructing color saturation with Levels and Curves
      3m 53s
    2. Adjusting vibrance and saturation
      1m 59s
    3. Using Hue/Saturation
      3m 18s
    4. Using the Selective Color command
      1m 56s
    5. Using Hue/Saturation and Curves to understand relative color
      4m 24s
    6. Increasing color saturation and variety with Lab
      3m 29s
    7. Getting creative with Lab
      3m 7s
  6. 24m 28s
    1. Using Color Balance to cross process
      5m 10s
    2. Using Curves RGB channels to cross process
      2m 22s
    3. Introducing Curves presets
      1m 52s
    4. Using Curves presets to cross process
      2m 52s
    5. Cross processing black-and-white photos
      3m 13s
    6. Integrating cross processing into a creative workflow
      5m 7s
    7. Using plug-ins to create a cross process effect
      3m 52s
  7. 22m 45s
    1. Removing color to create impact
      3m 48s
    2. Creative color reduction using Color Balance, Curves, and masking
      4m 30s
    3. Creative color reduction using Hue/Saturation, Curves, and masking
      6m 32s
    4. Multi-image project: Removing and adding color and creating a layout
      7m 55s
  8. 26m 44s
    1. Adding a sepia tone with Hue/Saturation and Soft Light
      3m 2s
    2. Improving tone and adding subtle sepia effects
      7m 43s
    3. Using Curves to create a sepia tone
      4m 48s
    4. Beach swing pt. 1: Creating a bleached contrast effect
      2m 1s
    5. Beach swing pt. 2: Adding glow
      3m 4s
    6. Beach swing pt. 3: Adding noise and final color and tone adjustments
      3m 21s
    7. Creating a sepia tone quickly with Variations
      1m 19s
    8. Using actions for a quick sepia conversion
      1m 26s
  9. 29m 10s
    1. Model portrait: Creating a muted color and contrast effect
      4m 3s
    2. Autumn leaves portrait: Muted color and tone made simple
      4m 11s
    3. Rock-star style: Putting it all together to create edgy color and tone
      6m 11s
    4. Tower Bridge: Enhancing color and tone
      2m 27s
    5. Concrete wall pt. 1: Adding color
      1m 30s
    6. Concrete wall pt. 2: Finding and installing custom fonts and brushes
      2m 48s
    7. Concrete wall pt. 3: Working with type
      3m 35s
    8. Concrete wall pt. 4: Using custom brushes
      4m 25s
  10. 12m 54s
    1. Introducing plug-ins by Nik, onOne, and Alien Skin
      40s
    2. Using onOne plug-ins
      3m 43s
    3. Using Alien Skin plug-ins
      2m 48s
    4. Using Nik plug-ins
      2m 44s
    5. Links for the color curious
      2m 59s
  11. 55s
    1. Goodbye
      55s

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