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Working with color can be an amazing journey, and in Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Creative Color, Brooks Institute of Photography professor Chris Orwig teaches a different way to create great color in photographs. Chris goes beyond the basics by showing how color can have a profound effect on a photograph's impact. He demonstrates adjusting color and tone to make images more vivid, changing colors, working with color saturation, cross processing, and more. The course culminates with real-world projects that utilize the techniques Chris has shown for creating intriguing and beautiful color photographs. Exercise files accompany the course.
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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