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When you have an image with people in it, pay particular attention to the options within the Saturation slider. Notice Avoid saturating skin tones is checked. As I drag that over, the color in the green areas is pulling up. Now, the skin tones do get a little bit saturated, but if I uncheck this box, you'll see that it looks like my children have a bad sunburn. Skin tones, areas of red; you really need to be careful with that. Now, going the opposite way, using this option can make an interesting effect, where the color is stripped out of all the areas except the skin tones.
So this is a useful way to see what iPhoto considers a skin tone. So, as you drag, you can really decide what's being processed. Let's take a look at two more photos. Bringing up the skin tones there, if I had Avoid saturating skin tones, this just doesn't look right. See, sometimes you do want that option. In this case, you see it's going after the grass. I could pull the Saturation down, and then bring the Contrast up, and the act of doing that did make the image look more saturated.
In this case, I left the skin tones alone, and I pulled down the grass Saturation, because it was brighter than her face, and it looked distracting. So taking the grass down, but Contrast and Definition up, I actually get a pretty good looking image. Let's take a look at one more, and this is one of those cases where you're going to want to find the proper Saturation. Sometimes you will want to boost the skin tones, but it's a matter of finding it. Notice how that shirt and those purples really start to get bright, so it's very easy to overdo saturation.
I recommend that you use it in small doses, and you'll see in the before and after there, that the skin tones look a lot better.
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