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In Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6, Chris Orwig provides in-depth training on Camera Raw 6, the CS5 component that enables photographers to open and manipulate images in non-destructive and now even more efficient ways. This course covers the benefits of the raw processing, which makes it possible to more precisely control an image's appearance—exposure, shadow and highlight detail, color balance, sharpness, and more—including new workflow procedures and technical concepts and issues. Learn the entire Camera Raw workflow, from opening and resizing, toning and cropping, to sharpening and saving. Exercise files are included with the course.
Before we begin to work with our Vibrance and Saturation Controls, I want to spend a couple of minutes in demystifying how these controls actually work. Now one of the controls that we typically know about is Saturation. That makes sense, right? If we increase the Saturation amount, we have more color. If we decrease, we have less color. What's actually happening here? Well, if we step back for a second and take a look at the color that we have in this demo file, you'll notice that these colors are muted, and they become more and more colorful, or bright and saturated there.
As I click and drag this to the right, it's a uniform increase in the color saturation. In other words, this color bar here was saturated as was this one, and it kind of paid attention to where the color was and then boosted that from there. In other words, this is linear, and it adds color in a uniform way across the file. Okay. Well let's double-click this slider here to take it back to 0. What about Vibrance? Well, Vibrance does something which is completely different. It's a nonlinear adjustment.
What Vibrance does is it analyzes a color and says okay what are the strong colors, what are the weak colors, how can I then modify or change those areas of the image? For example, let's increase Vibrance to 100. Now, when I do that, when I look at my before and after, here's before and here's after, it primarily helped out the weaker colors. Vibrance kind of has a lean towards the weaker tones. It says, hey! what's happening with the weak ones. Let me see if I can help those out or perhaps pull those out. So in this case it really brought up these weaker tones.
It didn't make that much of a difference over here. Now, if we go ahead and reduce Vibrance, what's going to happen is, again, it's primarily focusing in on the weaker colors. It pulled the color all the way out there. Well, with the brighter or more saturated colors there's still a little bit remaining. So, what Vibrance does is it gives us the ability to make some pretty interesting color adjustments. For example, let's say we have a portrait. Well, portrait we know is going to have a lot of reds and yellows in the face. Well, if we increase the Vibrance it's going to say, hey! Let's not change those too much, but let's help out some of the weaker colors so we can increase saturation without over-saturating colors that already have quite a bit of color saturation in them.
So as you can see, these two controls are very distinct. At the same time, we can use them together to come up with some good results. All right. Well let's take a look at how we can use these on an image, and we'll do that in the next movie.
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