6.1. Controlling Vibrance & Saturation

In the previous chapter, we learned how to use white balance controls to globally fine-tune the color cast of an image. Now I'll show you how to use the Vibrance and Saturation sliders, found in the Develop module's Basic pane, under Presence. Both controls increase or decrease color intensity, but in very different ways.

Vibrance Versus Saturation

Vibrance is especially useful when you are working on images that contain areas of primary colors you wish to saturate or desaturate, while leaving areas of secondary shades—such as skin tones—alone. Saturation globally increases or decreases color intensity. As you will see, each slider has its appropriate use.

Look at the before and after shots shown here. Figure 6-1 I left the Vibrance slider alone and increased the color Saturation to a value of 66. Note the increased saturation in the red bathing suit, which I wanted. However, also note the unpleasant shift in skin tones, which I didn't want.

Figure 6-1. Figure 6-1

Now I will reset the Saturation slider to 0, and instead use the Vibrance slider. In the before/after shot shown in Figure 6-2 the red bathing suit is more vivid, however the skin tones have remained pretty much untouched.

Figure 6-2. Figure 6-2


Vibrance and Saturation (along ...

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