Graphics Programs Reference
When working with photos, many choose to have very saturated
and rich colors. The problem with too much saturation is that it
can cause clipping (a flattening of the range of colors). To help
with this, Photoshop offers the Vibrance com-
mand. Unlike Saturation, Vibrance only boosts
those parts of a photo that are less saturated. It
also respects skin tones, which means photos
look more natural when pumping up the inten-
sity of color.
1. From the Chapter 10 folder, open the image
2. You'll l l i r s t a dd a S a t u r a t ion a dj u s t me nt l aye r
for comparison. In the Adjustments panel,
click Saturation icon to add a new adjustment
3. Drag the Saturation slider to the right until
the colors in the image start to clip.
4. Discard the Saturation adjustment layer by
clicking the trash icon at the bottom of the
Adjustments panel. Click Yes in the dialog
box that appears.
5. In the Adjustments panel, click the Vibrance
icon to add a new adjustment layer.
Hue/Saturation begins to posterize the reddish areas of
6. Drag the Vibrance slider to the right to
increase saturation without color clipping.
7. To a dd a l it t le more s a t u r a t ion over a l l ( i (in a
gentler fashion than the Saturation adjust-
ment layer), use the Saturation slider in the
Vibrance adjustment layer.
A Vibrance adjustment increased saturation selectively.