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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.
In this movie, we will be working on the file phoebe.tif. You can find that in the Chapter 16 folder and let's go ahead and open that one up and here we have a photograph of one of my daughter's best friends, Phoebe, having a ton of fun in the swimming pool. Let's press F to go to Full Screen View mode, Spacebar to reposition this image. Now I like this photograph and the color seems too saturated, so vibrant. Yet what I want to do in this movie is talk about how we can use the Vibrance Adjustments in order to make our images even better. So let's take a look at yet another essential adjustment. Inside of the Adjustments panel is a Vibrance and Saturation . Click on this icon here to create a new Vibrance or Saturation Adjustment. Now many of you who are familiar with Camera Raw know how Vibrance works, right? It's a nonlinear saturation adjustment.
Now what that means is if I decrease this all the way, I'm just going to see the brightest colors. Now on the other hand if I increase this all the way, what it's going to do is it's going to say, hey, take the colors that are a little bit weaker and make those stronger. Now the colors that are really saturated let's not affect those as much. Press and hold the Backslash key to see the before and after. Here is before and here is after. So even with a hundred points of Vibrance the image still looks relatively good. Now on the other hand, let's go ahead and go back to our Saturation slider. Now when we go to our Saturation slider we are going to increase that 100 points. Now that image doesn't look good. It looks deep-fried, it looks strange, it looks awkward. The colors have just kind of gone out of whack.
There are many colors that are out of gamut. On the other hand, decrease the saturation. Well, that image becomes black and white, kind of interesting. All right, well let's go ahead and take this back to normal and I'll enter in zero here to take that to zero and zero for my Vibrance slider. So what do I want to do with this image? Well, I'm just going to increase the Vibrance. I'm going to increase it quite a bit and then increase the overall color saturation and then increase the Vibrance a little bit more. Again, I want to just have these really vivid colors. Let's press and hold the Backslash key to look at our before, there is before and then there is after. That looks pretty nice.
I'm going to go ahead and increase this even more. Now, a lot of times what I'll find is as I'll increase my Vibrance and then need to decrease the saturation. Well with this particular image because I want it to be so vivid. I'm going to keep my saturation actually pretty high and my Vibrance is really high. Now another way to see the before and after, it's a click on this icon here. That's before and we thought that was super saturated, but this looks so much more interesting, more warm and then of course, we can modify the overall effect by going to our Opacity slider and here I can decrease it, so it's gone and slowly increase it.
Now the reason I point that out is a lot of times when you make adjustments you get pretty excited. Like you are like, Oh wow! The color looks so amazing, then you overdo it, right? So it's nice to have that opacity option to be able to turn this on and off and dial in just the right amount of saturation. A lot of times I find I just need to take things down just a notch, again, because I'm so excited about the adjustment and again because I'm so excited about how I can swing my image one way or the other. All right, well that wraps our conversation about Vibrance and Saturation.
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