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Learning how to use Adobe Photoshop efficiently and effectively is the best way to get the most out of your pixels and create stunning imagery. Master the fundamentals of this program with Julieanne Kost, and discover how to achieve the results you want with Photoshop and its companion programs, Bridge and Camera Raw. This comprehensive course covers nondestructive editing techniques using layers, masking, adjustment layers, blend modes, and Smart Objects. Find out how to perform common editing tasks, including lens correction, cropping and straightening, color and tonal adjustments, noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, sharpening, and retouching. Julieanne also shows how to achieve more creative effects with filters, layer effects, illustrative type, and the Photomerge command for creating panoramas and composites.
Photoshop has another tool for changing the amount of saturation in your images besides the Hue/Saturation Adjustment layer. But first I'm going to show you what the Hue/Saturation Adjustment layer can do and that is, it can really over saturate your image. So if I take the Saturation slider and I move it all the way to the right you can see that I can saturate these colors to 100%. And there are some cases when I might want to do this. But in this case it is not the effect that I'm after. Because what's happening is everything that was somewhat saturated in the original image is now getting pushed to the same saturation level, which is completely over saturated. So I'm going to tap the Delete key and that's going to delete that adjustment layer.
And I'm going to add the Vibrance adjustment layer. Now the nice thing about Vibrance as well as the Saturation slider on the Vibrance panel, is that these are relative sliders. So when I use the Saturation slider here and move it to 100%. You can see it's still not adding as much saturation as the Hue/Saturation Adjustment layer. But for me, personally, it's still adding too much. So I'm going to reset that by double-clicking on the word Saturation and then I'm going to use the Vibrant slider instead. Now you can see even if I go up to 100%, the Vibrant slider is keeping the relationship between the color values so that I'm retaining a lot more detail. And it's just a lot more natural-looking effect.
The other thing to notice is I can move the Vibrant slider all the way to the left. And I don't actually get a grayscale image. Again because this is a relative slider, I'm taking out a relative amount of vibrance. So this is an excellent way to get kind of an old-fashioned or a hand-colored look. But if I want to make this pop I'll just scoot the vibrance over to the right, we can collapse the properties panel and then don't forget, adjustments layers are really powerful not only for the effects that they provide, but also because of the ability to mask in and out those adjustments and decrease or increase opacity as well as the blend mode.
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