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Making Vibrance adjustments

From: Photoshop CS4: Image Adjustments in Depth

Video: Making Vibrance adjustments

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.

Making Vibrance adjustments

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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Photoshop CS4: Image Adjustments in Depth

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  1. 5m 39s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      59s
    3. Setting up a workspace
      3m 22s
  2. 21m 2s
    1. Creating and editing adjustment layers
      6m 38s
    2. Adjustment layers vs. direct adjustments
      6m 9s
    3. Using the new Adjustments panel
      5m 38s
    4. Reusing adjustment layers
      2m 37s
  3. 39m 57s
    1. Clipping adjustment layers
      4m 36s
    2. Including adjustment layers in a layer group
      3m 13s
    3. Including adjustment layers in a Smart Object
      7m 29s
    4. Using the adjustment layer mask
      5m 43s
    5. Using selections with adjustment layers
      4m 19s
    6. Using the Masks panel with adjustment layers
      8m 30s
    7. Using the Blend If sliders with adjustment layers
      6m 7s
  4. 49m 43s
    1. Reading the Histogram panel
      5m 23s
    2. Using the Levels adjustment for tonal corrections
      7m 42s
    3. Using the Curves adjustment for exposure
      8m 12s
    4. Using the Curves adjustment for contrast
      4m 14s
    5. Making On-Click Curves adjustments
      4m 0s
    6. Applying Shadow/Highlight nondestructively
      7m 59s
    7. Reviewing Brightness/Contrast
      3m 18s
    8. Dealing with exposure
      2m 22s
    9. Using adjustment layers with blend modes
      6m 33s
  5. 54m 36s
    1. Making Vibrance adjustments
      2m 22s
    2. Using Hue/Saturation adjustments
      7m 4s
    3. Understanding color correction
      3m 21s
    4. Using color samplers and the Info panel
      4m 25s
    5. Using Levels eyedroppers for color correction
      5m 54s
    6. Using Levels channels for color correction
      5m 7s
    7. Understanding Curves adjustments for color correction
      7m 21s
    8. Making Color Balance adjustments
      3m 49s
    9. Making Photo Filter adjustments
      3m 6s
    10. Making Variations adjustments
      6m 48s
    11. Using the auto-correction features
      5m 19s
  6. 13m 5s
    1. Using the Dodge and Burn tools
      4m 56s
    2. Dodging and burning nondestructively
      6m 38s
    3. Working with the Red-Eye tool
      1m 31s
  7. 16m 9s
    1. Applying Black & White adjustments
      7m 30s
    2. Making Channel Mixer adjustments
      6m 31s
    3. Understanding the Threshold adjustment
      2m 8s
  8. 25m 23s
    1. Colorizing with Hue/Saturation adjustments
      3m 9s
    2. Tinting with Black & White adjustments
      2m 8s
    3. Making a Gradient Map adjustment
      4m 18s
    4. Applying a Selective Color adjustment
      1m 49s
    5. Using the Replace Color adjustment
      4m 39s
    6. Making Match Color adjustments
      4m 24s
    7. Applying the Equalize adjustment
      4m 56s
  9. 42s
    1. Goodbye
      42s

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