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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.
We're going to take a look at one more example of how we can use Vibrance and Saturation in some unique ways. We have this wonderful portrait of this kid peering over the wall. I always kind of think this photo kind of looks like it's a sunshine kind of coming up over the wall. One of the things that we can do here is, of course, saturate the image. As we do that, the image will become over-saturated. Eventually the colors will just look unnatural and not very interesting. So let's double-click that slider to take it down. What about Vibrance? Well, here we can do the same thing as we've seen previously is that we can increase this Vibrance.
So we have quite a bit of leverage here in regards to really adding in some nice tones. Press the P key. Here is our before, and then there is our after, really just targeting this area of the image. Now another way that we can work with these controls is if we go ahead and reset this, we can actually add a lot of Saturation. And as we add Saturation and find where we like it, we can then lower our Vibrance. In this case, I am going to lower the Vibrance so there isn't quite so much color in the face. I am just going to bring that down, increase my Saturation here.
Let's look at our before and after. I'll click on the Preview button. There is before, and there is after. We are able to protect some of the more saturated tones by having a lower Vibrance amount. So just keep in mind that there are different combinations that you can use with Vibrance and Saturation, and it will really be contingent upon the colors in the image, the type of photograph you're working on. But most importantly what I want to illustrate here is just the relationship between these two controls, how you can use them together to come up with some pretty good results.
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