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Now that we know a little bit about Vibrance and Saturation, my goal for this movie is to help you understand these controls so that you can use them in order to kind of enhance color in subtle ways or to make some dramatic and creative adjustments to your photograph. Well, let's take a look at how we can change this picture, which we've seen previously. Saturation, if we click-and-drag that to the right, it just boosts all the colors and here we can primarily see that the main colors are Red and Green, the Blue is a little bit more faint, as is some of the Yellows.
Well, if we increase the Vibrance amount, what that's going to do is bring out some of those weaker colors. In other words, Vibrance is partial to the colors which need a little bit of a helping hand, it gives those colors a bit of a boost. So much so that if we were to increase our Saturation and exaggerate for a moment, and then decrease our Vibrance, what we would see is that it would pull out those colors which are a bit weaker. Again, it focuses on those, and it leaves those other colors relatively intact, those Reds and those Greens.
So how then might we use these controls? Let's double-click the sliders to take this back to 0. One of the ways you might use Vibrance is to increase color variety. This works well with nature photographs or picture of graffiti on a wall or a picture of a person. As you click-and-drag this to the right, you see that it will increase the amount of color that you have, the different tones and whatnot. Here if we look at the before-and-after, it's going to be pretty subtle, but it's just going to lift these various colors. It's also going to bring up some of those weaker colors.
Next, we might want to add a bit of Saturation. Again, just so we have this really vivid colorful palette, here it is, our before and then after. All right! Well, that's fine say with the photograph which is of graffiti, what about a picture like this? This one was captured by one of my former students, and this is a photograph of my family. The photographer's name is Cara Robbins, you should check out her work at cararobbins.com, she's an amazing photographer. All right! Well, here I am going to zoom in a little bit on this picture and I want to take a look at how we can use Vibrance and Saturation.
I am going to exaggerate, and if we exaggerate the Saturation, what we are going to see is that the image is just going to look really strange. Notice all of the Yellows in the windows and also the strange Yellows or colors on our faces. It's increasing the Saturation of everything, which doesn't typically work well with people, because it brings out all of the color in people's faces, doesn't really work. So let's double-click that adjustment to set it back to 0. Well, how would an exaggerated amount of Vibrance, say, compare to that Saturation? Now, this is still a really high amount, but you can see that it's kind of protecting my colors and tones.
If we decrease this even a little bit more, what you are going to see is it's bringing out some tonal variety without overdoing it. Click on that Preview button, you can see there is our before and now there is our after. It's just adding a bit of Saturation and color to this photograph. It's adding that Vibrance. Next, we might want to add just a touch of that Saturation. And a lot of times you can use these two sliders together to make the colors come to life a bit more in your pictures. Here we can click on this Preview button, you can see the before, it's a bit too muted for my taste.
Click on the after, now it has a little bit more life or vitality. So you can see that you can use these different sliders, and a lot of times you think about using Vibrance when you have pictures with all these beautiful colors and you just want to boost the colors that are a little bit more faint. You think about using Saturation when you want to make global or linear adjustments, which allow you to increase or decrease the overall color saturation.
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