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Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Fundamentals is a concise and focused introduction to the key features in Photoshop, presented by long-time lynda.com author and Adobe veteran Deke McClelland. This course covers the image editing process from the very beginning and progresses through the concepts and techniques that every photographer or graphic designer should know. Deke explains digital imaging fundamentals, such as resolution vs. size and the effects of downsampling. He explains how to use layers to edit an image nondestructively and organize those edits in an easy-to-read way, and introduces techniques such as cropping, adjusting brightness and contrast, correcting and changing color, and retouching and healing images. These lessons distill the vast assortment of tools and options to a refined set of skills that will get you working inside Photoshop with confidence.
In this movie, we're going to further increase the Saturation values using a Vibrance Adjustment layer. So let's say we are not entirely satisfied with these more or less natural colors that we are seeing now. We want raging Disney colors. Well we've already taken the Saturation value as high as we can reasonably go where the Hue/Saturation layer is concerned. However, we can pile on a Vibrance layer at this point without bringing out anymore color noise. Let me show you how that works.
I will switch over to the Adjustments panel and then I will click on the Vibrance icon in order to bring out the Vibrance and Saturation sliders. I'm going to reduce the size of my panel a little, so I can see more details inside the image. The thing about the Saturation slider where vibrance is concerned, is even though it has the same name as the Saturation slider associated with Hue/Saturation, it works entirely differently. I'm going to go ahead and crank the value up to 100, and then let's zoom in on the image.
You can see while we are getting some color noise, we're not seeing nearly the kind of color noise we saw where Hue/Saturation is concerned. Also we don't get quite the same degree of electric colors. Certainly the colors are over the top at this point, but they're not nearly so garish as what we saw in the previous movie when we cranked Hue/Saturations, Saturation value to 100. But here is something else to bear in mind. It's a more subtle control. If I were to turn the Hue/Saturation layer off, notice the Saturation value by itself does not really get anything done.
So you can't use this slider in order to manufacture color from nothing, the way you can with Hue/Saturation. So it's just something to bear in mind. I'm going to turn the Hue/Saturation layer back on and I'm going to reduce this Saturation value to 30. Let's go ahead and zoom out just a little bit so we can see more of the tree house. Now then, I want to increase the Vibrance value and I was telling you that vibrance is more selective. It's going to increase or decrease the saturation of the least saturated colors in the image more than the most saturated colors.
Again, even if you crank that value up to its absolute maximum of +100, we are not bringing out an awful lot of color noise and we are not exaggerating the bad details inside the image. We are to a certain extent, but not nearly so much as we saw with Hue/Saturation. All right, I'm going to press Shift+ Down arrow a couple of times. So in the end, I'm taking the Vibrance value up to +80 and the Saturation value up to +30. Now it strikes me that the tree is just too darn yellow which makes sense if it's being lit by yellow lights.
But I want to scoot it more toward orange. So I'm going to click on the Hue/ Saturation layer there in the Layers panel and Photoshop automatically swaps out the Hue/Saturation controls here inside the Properties panel. I'll grab that Target Adjustment tool once again. And because I want to scoot from yellow into orange, I'm going to want to drag to the left, while pressing the Ctrl key of course. So I will press the Ctrl key, Command key on the Mac, and then I'll drag slightly to left to about there until I get a Hue value of -10, like so, and I end up achieving this final effect.
Once again, just to give you a sense of what kind of difference this makes where channels are concerned, I'm going to switch over to the Channels panel. This is now the Red channel. So very bright foreground tree, some relatively bright details going on in this dark tree house and a dark sky as well. This is the Green channel which also has a bright tree in the foreground, a darker tree house, and a brighter sky and then this is a Blue channel which has an incredibly dark tree house and an incredibly bright sky. And because we have so much contrast between these various channels, especially between the Red channel and the Blue channel, we're getting all kinds of vivid colors in the RGB composite image.
One more thing here, I really want you to see it before and after. So if I Alt+Click on the eye in front of the background layer, this is what the image looked like at the outset of the previous movie, and this is how it looks now. Thanks to the power of Hue/ Saturation and Vibrance working together inside Photoshop.
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