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In Photoshop CS6 Essential Training, Julieanne Kost demonstrates how to produce high-quality images in a short amount of time, using a combination of Adobe Photoshop CS6, Bridge, and Camera Raw.
The course details the Photoshop features and creative options, and shows efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, the course explores techniques for nondestructive editing and compositing using layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more.
Photoshop has another tool for changing the amount of saturation in your image besides the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer, and that adjustment layer is called Vibrance. I'll go ahead and click on it in the Adjustments panel. Now, notice that there are two sliders; there is a Vibrance slider, and a Saturation slider. The nice thing about these two sliders is that they're relative sliders. In a previous movie, when we were looking at the Hue/Saturation slider, you can really push your saturation to 100% and over-saturate your colors. What sometimes happens when you do that is colors that were less saturated get pushed to the same colors that were originally more saturated, you actually end up losing a little bit of detail.
Well, because the Vibrance and Saturation sliders in the Vibrance panel are relative, Photoshop is going to limit the amount of Saturation or the amount of Vibrance that can be added to prevent colors from all being the same saturation. So we'll notice, even if I move the Vibrance slider all the way to the right, we still can see detail in this back wall as well is in the centerpiece here. If I double-click on the word Vibrance to reset that and we use the Saturation slider and move that all the way over to the right, we get more saturation than we did with Vibrance, but again, it's not so saturated that we're losing detail.
And don't forget, because we're adding this as an adjustment layer, and all of our adjustment layers have masks, if I like the Saturation or the Vibrance that I've added in one area, but I want to remove it from another area, all we need to do is switch to the paintbrush, make sure that we're painting in black, because black is going to hide the adjustment, I'll get a smaller brush by holding down the Ctrl, and Option key and dragging to the left, and I'll bring up the Opacity by dragging down, and then I'll simply paint in the areas that I don't want the additional Vibrance added.
Now, because my Opacity is down, I might have to paint multiple times in order to build up that mask. I'll make my brush a little bit smaller here, and then paint in this area as well in order to decrease any added saturation there. And finally, I might just take a little bit of saturation out of the center here, and now we can do a before- and-after by toggling the Eye Icon. You can see how we've added all that saturation in the background, but not the foreground. And if I hold down the Option key or the Alt key, and click the mask, you can see the mask that we've created, and you can see where I've painted multiple times over the same area, how I'm slowly building up that mask.
So again, these adjustment layers are super-powerful, not only for the effects that they provide, but also because they allow you to then paint in and paint out those effects selectively over your image using the mask on the adjustment.
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