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In Photoshop CS6 for Photographers, author, photographer, and teacher Chris Orwig explores Photoshop from the perspective of the photographer.
The course details the features and techniques behind enhancing and retouching photos, preparing them for print and online publishing, and much more. Chris demonstrates how to make basic edits in Camera Raw, develop and save color profiles, work with layers and selections, tone and sharpen, and retouch images while retaining their natural character.
Chris also shares some creative tips and project ideas, such as converting a photo to black-and-white and enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks. The course also covers workflow details, such as organizing images in Bridge and Mini Bridge, optimizing Photoshop preferences, and calibrating your monitor.
Photoshop is always interested in giving you precise control and also in giving you different ways to make similar adjustments, and that's true with what we're going to look at here. We're going to take a look at how we can work with Vibrance. Vibrance gives us the ability to modify color saturation in an interesting way. Let's start off with this image and then click on the icon which we'll find in the Adjustments panel, which will open up the Vibrance settings here. Well, inside of this panel you'll notice we have a control for Vibrance and also Saturation.
Well, we've actually previously seen this control inside of the Hue/Saturation controls. It's the same thing here. Click and drag to the right we increase saturation, drag to the left we desaturate. Yet the reason this is here is because it's related to vibrance. Now how vibrance is different is vibrance actually pays attention to color saturation to try to protect or maybe even help certain colors. For example, in this photograph of this box of artist chalk that I captured, when I click and drag my Vibrance to the right, what you'll notice is that primarily it's working on the weaker colors, focusing on these blues down here.
What it does is it doesn't affect the bright greens as much as it does those weaker colors. Vibrance says, "Okay, what color needs a little bit of help? I'm going to focus in on that." Or when you decrease the amount, it looks at those weak colors and it pulls those out first leaving in some of the more saturated colors here, even at a Vibrance amount of -100. So why is this helpful? Well, it's helpful because what you can do is increase color variation by increasing your vibrance.
It gives a boost to some of those weaker colors. You can also use this in combination with your Saturation slider in order to come up with some really interesting color combinations. Take a look at this here. Here's that before and then after. It just adds a little bit of life or intrigue to this picture. And again, you can customize these until you see the colors that you like. And in other situations like with this next photograph, what you can do is you can use these controls in order to protect certain tones, like skin tones.
If I increase my saturation to 100, take a look at the skin, it just doesn't look very well. Let's compare that to, say, to 100 points of vibrance. Well, 100 points here, the skin still looks relatively decent, because what vibrance has done is it just worked on these other colors. It's protected the tones which had more color or hue in them. And typically with people, that has to do with skin tones. So Vibrance is a great slider, whether you're interested in creating color variation, or you're working with people photographs, or you just want to boost some of those weaker colors.
Typically you won't exaggerate it that far, perhaps you're going to bring it up to somewhere right around here and then perhaps add just a touch of saturation. And ultimately by doing that, well, it can just help you create a little bit of a color boost. It can make your images come to life in a really fascinating way.
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