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Many places in Photoshop, color is represented as having three qualities. It has Hue, which is the actual color, Brightness, which means the lightness or darkness of the color, and Saturation, which refers to the intensity or purity of the color. There are two different adjustments that allow you to directly control the saturation of an image. And those are the Hue/Saturation adjustment, which I'll be covering in another movie, and the new Vibrance adjustment. In many cases, I prefer the Vibrance adjustment because it takes a more subtle approach to the saturation of color. Let me show you what I mean. By adding a Vibrance adjustment layer to this image, I'm going to go to the Adjustments panel by Double-clicking its tab and I'm going to click on this icon, which represents the Vibrance adjustment layer.
In the Layers panel, I'll Double-click its tab. You now can see, the Vibrance adjustment layer that I've added. I'll Double-click the Adjustment Layer tab one more time to bring up the two sliders in the Vibrance Adjustment. I'm going to start out with the Saturation slider, which works very much like the Saturation slider in the Hue/Saturation dialog box. This image is a little bit desaturated. I would like to make it pop more by increasing its saturation. So if I take that Saturation slider and I drag to the right, watch what happens? The image does get saturated, but it's way too much. The Saturation slider pumps up all the colors, even those that are already saturated in the lollipop, and it makes the gentleman look as if he has a sunburn. So I'm going to put Saturation back to zero by typing zero in that field.
Instead, I'm going to work with the Vibrance slider. I'll drag that slider over to the right. And as you can see, I have a nice subtle increase in saturation. If I go down to the Eye icon at the bottom of the Vibrance adjustment layer and click that, you can see how the image was and how it is now. So by just adding this one simple adjustment I have increased the intensity of color in the image without overdoing it. And that's the beauty of a Vibrance adjustment. It looks for those colors that aren't as saturated as others and concentrates its work on those. And it also does a really good job of protecting skin tones from over saturation as you've seen here.
So the next time you want to saturate the colors in an image, give the Vibrance adjustment a try. I think you'll be pleased with the results.
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