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Photoshop: Vibrance

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Using adjustments in Photoshop will make either a markedly better or worse change to your image. As there are so many options available in Photoshop we are going to just takle two of them in this video. These are specifically Color Curves & Vibrance.

What are Color Curves & Vibrance In Photoshop?

Well, they are both used to enhance the colour of the image but do it is different ways.

Color Curves In Photoshop

Colour Curves use a mathematical table where each pixel is assigned a colour value, by using Photoshop you can take control of the image and make it darker or lighter by dragging the colour line.  For example when you see the colour chart blues are defined in a specific area of the colour map and my simply dragging you can change all blues associated to green if you want.  Imagine a picture of someone wearing a blue shirt, with colour curves you can reassign all the colour values to green (mathematically).  Don’t worry, this can be achieved by dragging so no egg heads need apply for a job, just a simple drag with the mouse and you can change the colours in no time.  Okay so with colour curves you can adjust the images brightness, colour and even (if you’re not careful) inverting the image to a negative!

Vibrance In Photoshop

Now Vibrance in Photoshop is new in CS4.  This facility allows you to boost the colour of an image without having to tackle the colour curve bit.  Just so I am clear this is definitely different to color curves although you can spend a lot of time in colour curves trying to reproduce the same thing!  Put simply vibrance is a facility which is a non destructive edit to an image which assigns a bright version of the colour already in place.  I use vibrance considerably in my images as quite often when you took your picture you recall the colour being much more vivid than what the camera took.  Vibrance is simply controlled by a slider and dragging it to the right will boost the colour further whereas dragging the slider left will de-saturate the image making it more dull.

So these two options go hand in hand to alter an image one is NOT meant to replace the other, rather these tools should complement one another.

This video will give you an example as to how it works and things you can do with an adjustment layer when you have it applied.

This video is one of many Photoshop tutorials on this site click here for more

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