Let's take a look at boosting the colors in the photo so I'm going to add yet another adjustment there will be a few more adjustment layers that we'll talk about in this case a vibrance adjustment my favorite color adjustment in all photoshopped remember it is available in adobe camera raw it's available in light room the same adjustment available in several places. It is wonderful especially for me because I'm not really super good with the whole self control thing and vibrance includes a built in self control and includes that self control sort of in two ways number one if you photograph people, vibrance will automatically protect skin tones and so if you really increase the saturation for a photo of a person, what happens? They suddenly get sunburned or having other blushing severely or whatever the case may be their skin tones do not look very good vibrance protects those skin tones also it has an uneven effect, you might say on the colors I think of vibrance when we're increasing ...
the saturation in our photo as a saturation equalizer so it's taking the colors that are not very saturated and boosting them kind of a lot and the colors that are already saturated it's not boosting them very much at all and so it's sort of equalizing the saturation of colors in the photo the intensity or the strength of those colors it's wonderful plus, because it has self control more than I do, even if I crank vibrance up all the way now, this is certainly a little bit too saturated for the photo, of course, but it's not wildly ridiculous, right? If I crank up the saturation, things get a little bit crazy, ok? A lot of bit crazy, it is red rock after all, right? But it really gives me a lot of self control, sort of built in, and what that means is that I can often really push that vibrance pretty far without introducing a problem in the photo. Now, remember, I mentioned this equalizing of the colors well, it's. Not that the saturated colors air left alone and they don't move at all it's, just that the colors that are not very saturated get mohr of an adjustment. What if you decide that now that we've equalized, we still brought the overall level of color up too high? Well, that's, where the saturation slider comes in, as far as I'm concerned, I might increase vibrance to sort of level out those colors, but then actually reduce saturation. It seems a little bit silly. But it actually works wonderfully well in a wide variety of situations where we brought up the colors that need a big boost, but that caused an overall increase in saturation, the image that was a little bit too much. Now we just use the saturation slider to tone things down a little bit. The colors that were not very saturated still got the boost. I'm not di saturating them with that saturation cider. I'm just toning things down a little bit for the overall image, so to me, that works wonderfully, remarkably well, I think this is one of the best adjustments in all of photo shop again, also in adobe camera, raw and like room.
Non-destructive editing helps you maintain maximum flexibility when editing your photos in Photoshop. Learn how it’s done in How to Create a Non-destructive Workflow with Tim Grey.
Tim will show you how to leverage your RAW captures to ensure the best starting point in your workflow. He’ll show how to use adjustment layers for non-destructive edits and how to use Smart Objects and Smart Filters for safe, effective edits.
Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2014.2.2, Adobe Lightroom 5