What's the difference between Vibrance and Saturation? I never really know when to use which.
Saturation will saturate all of your colors evenly as you move the slider to the right. It doesn't make any considerations for the image. Vibrance, on the other hand, is a more intelligent way to saturate. As you increase Vibrance, colors in areas that are undersaturated will be saturated. Oversaturated colors will be left alone, and any colors that are in a skin tone will generally not be touched. I tend to use Vibrance on any picture that I want to "pop" in terms of color that has a person in it. If there is no person present, I'll always give Saturation a try first.
Article by: Rafael "RC" Concepcion
Photoshop User Magazine -- Photoshop Q&A -- Pg. 114
Camera type: my old memiya film SLR
Lens type: no clue
Camera setting(s): as far open as my aperture would go to compensate for having no light meter and a shutter speed that maxed out at about 200
Photoshop treatment(s) (if any): no photoshop. This is the raw shot.
Note, also, that this is a scan of an original photograph, so there are visible artifacts.
Because of the simplicity of the tutorial, there's not much to say about my methods, so to keep things interesting I've provided some variations on both Vibrance and Saturation. Be aware that exact comparisons can't really be made. Saturation allows for a wider range than Vibrance, so to be able to display comparable images, I had to multiply the Vibrance effect by two.
Hue/Saturation Dialog Box
Vibrance Dialog Box
The Vibrance dialog box is simply comprised of the Vibrance slider and the Saturation slider.
I hope this tutorial was as enlightening for you as it was for me. I know I'll be using it more often in the future.
If there's anything any of you have wondered about for Photoshop, send me a message and I'll address it in the next tutorial.