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3.2 Color Adjustment

Continuing our work with Photoshop levels, we'll look at how to change color levels in Photoshop. Using Photoshop’s Vibrance and Saturation, we will correct the color in an image. The second step for achieving beautiful images is ensuring your colors are the best they can be!

3.2 Color Adjustment

Hi there, in this video we're going to look at vibrance, and we're gonna do this, before and really after. Okay, I've gone a little level board to exaggerate the effect for the intro, okay, but let's back it off a little bit, and let's look at kind of some real world use in this video. All right, let's get started. All right, first up, let's go to File > Open. And if you did the previous tutorial, and you did the homework that I set, which was this one here, 04B, have that one open, cuz we're gonna use that one. And if you didn't, and you skipped ahead, you can open up 05A. And I've done the homework for you. Click Open. And basically this is the image we want, open, and you might have done the levels yourself. You might skip to this one here, where I've done them for you. So levels is the first thing that I do. The next thing is vibrance, okay. So with the layer selected, let's go to our Adjustments panel. And it is kind of V here. Okay, it's the last one on the top right, click on Vibrance. Now vibrance, if you were like maybe old school Photoshop and you're kind of getting back into it, saturation was the only option before. And saturation and vibrance are, I guess, interesting things to compare. So vibrance is the best one to use in my opinion. Okay, watch this. If I crank the vibrance up, things just get more amazing. Okay, or the big difference is that you can see some of these images or some of these colors here, the front here, especially these pinks and these yellows, they're actually quite strong already. And what vibrance does is when it lifts them up, it starts lifting up other colors, supporting colors in the background, whilst leaving these. They go up a little bit, but not as much as some of these background colors. So let's look at this green here. Okay, if I lower that back down to about 0, it's kind of washed out. And instead of increasing them all equally, it leaves some of these more saturated ones alone, okay? And brings up some of the other ones to meet it. The difference between that and, say, saturation, watch this, if I crank up saturation to get this kinda green to come out, these guys end up going a little bit overboard. Okay, you might like that effect, okay, there's no kind of right or wrong. It's more, this is probably gonna give you the more natural effect, so increasing the vibrance. How far do you go? You can max that out, okay, that's totally fine. Often, depending on the quality of the initial photograph, it's only kinda slight adjustments. Just to kinda lift the colors. Plus 40 in this image works for me. Down at the bottom here, remember the eyeball, on and off, this vibrance layer, just to see, have I made this better or worse? You can see it's just lifting, say, these blues back here and these greens here, just to make a more colorful image, or more vibrant image. Might go up up even a little higher, you can do both. Okay, bit of saturation and a bit of vibrance, not normally what I do. Cool, so that is vibrance. And that's kind of like, I guess, lifting the colors, leaving some of the saturated ones alone. What I'd like you to do is save this document, close it, okay, it'll save it as a PSD. And I want you to open up the second version, okay. This one is here is Jaztina Poon, okay, open up her image. Okay, and I'd like you to do the same thing. Go to Adjustments panel, go to this little kinda V, and see. And this one here, I wanna do it with you okay? I set it for homework, but I'm doing it with you. Why, because this one's a really clear example of that's already really saturated, but say this, mm, I'd say rooster, chicken, okay, is not. So watch this when it comes up, okay? Vibrance lifts the color of this chicken here, but leaves this fine. Whereas saturation, okay, ends up blowing this out to get this color going. So have a practice with this, even though I just did it with you, and save it. I'd like to see your final result, okay? So check us out on social media. Twitter is TutsPlusDesign. And on Twitter, I am danlovesadobe. Or if your favorite is Instagram, I am bringyourownlaptop. I'd love to see what you did. All right, let's get into the next video, where we start looking at adjusting kinda specific hues. At the moment, we just made everything a bit better. Okay, let's say we have a color shift and there's a little bit too much color. We can start doing some more selective adjustments. All right, I'll see you in the next video.

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