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In Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6, Chris Orwig provides in-depth training on Camera Raw 6, the CS5 component that enables photographers to open and manipulate images in non-destructive and now even more efficient ways. This course covers the benefits of the raw processing, which makes it possible to more precisely control an image's appearance—exposure, shadow and highlight detail, color balance, sharpness, and more—including new workflow procedures and technical concepts and issues. Learn the entire Camera Raw workflow, from opening and resizing, toning and cropping, to sharpening and saving. Exercise files are included with the course.
Let's take a look at how we can work with Vibrance and Saturation on a photograph. Here we have this portrait of one of my photographic mentors. What I want to do is first warm up this image a little bit. So on the Temperature slider here I am just going to click and drag to the right to have a little bit more warmth. Next, I want to make my way down to Vibrance and Saturation and first, I want to deconstruct what each of these controls do. Now if I go ahead and increase the Saturation we are going to see that eventually the image is going to look horrible, over-saturated.
If I decrease that, it's going to convert it to a grayscale or black-and-white image. Well, double-click this control to set it back to normal. What about Vibrance? Again, let's exaggerate. Increase the Vibrance all the way. Here what we can see is that the image still looks okay. Yes, it's definitely over the top, but it didn't over-exaggerate the saturation as did Saturation. So let's go ahead and see what the opposite does when we decrease Vibrance. Again, we are just going to be left with some of the brightest tones here. There is just a shade of color in there, and we can see that slowly that will bring back just the brightest color first and then some of the lower colors later.
So one of the things that we can do here is we can increase the Vibrance in order to have a little bit more life and vitality in regards to color, and the toning and people photographs. We can do so without a lot of detriment. Now, occasionally what I'll do with Vibrance Controls, whether the photographs of people or landscapes, is I'll increase that Vibrance, and then I'll de-saturate a little bit as well. Sometimes those two together can really equal some interesting results. Now that's not always the case, but just keep in mind you can use these two controls together as well. All right.
Well I am going to go ahead in this case actually saturate it, just a touch there. I think that looks kind of nice. And then let's go ahead and look at our before and after. Here we have it, before and then after. Let me zoom in a little bit closer so we can see that. Here we have our before and then after. It's still a natural-looking color, but it's just a little bit more flattering and compelling because of those nice, soft, and warm tones.
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