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In this Photoshop for Designers course, Nigel French focuses on the tools and features in Photoshop designed for choosing, applying, and editing color. The course looks at concepts such as the color wheel and color harmonies as well as the practicalities of using the Color Picker, leveraging the power of color channels, and the characteristics of different color modes in Photoshop. The course includes exercises on correcting color, enhancing color, shifting and replacing colors, working with spot color channels, hand coloring black and white images, and designing with a reduced color palette.
The Vibrance adjustment is particularly useful if you want to pump up the more muted colors in your image, and I find it especially useful when working on skies that I would like it to be a little bit bluer than they are. No reason to not have a blue sky when you have the Vibrance adjustment layer. So let's try on this image and I'm going to overdo things a little bit here just to make my point, but you'll see that applying vibrance to this image is really affecting only the blues, because the blues are the more muted colors.
We were to use the Saturation slider. That's going to work on all the colors, but Vibrance just on those colors that are bit more muted and with equalizing the saturation of colors across the image. I'll do the same thing on this one, you'll see that it's only affecting the sky and the bridge. It's not affecting the foreground, and one more. Watch how the blue of the sky really pops out of the clouds when I add some vibrance.
It's a bit like using a polarizing filter on a camera. So I would highly recommend using the Vibrance adjustment, you probably want to apply it to a lesser degree than I'm applying it here, and that's because I just wanted to make sure that my point comes across on the video.
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