Colors bring out an emotional reaction, so the way in which we utilize color in photographs is vital for their mood. Vibrant photograph colors catch our attention easily, so you may frequently come across photographers talking about making the colors pop. This is largely down to tweaking vibrance and color saturation.
It is possible to use both to up or reduce the color intensity in different ways. You can easily go down too far in the event of not knowing when to apply vibrance versus saturation. So, let us discuss what vibrance and color saturation are, and how to use these in professional picture editing for better outputs.
What Does Color Saturation Mean In An Editing Scenario?
Decreasing or increasing the saturation level with Adobe Lightroom allows changing the colors of your photograph. The tool helps to adjust photograph colors, no matter how saturated these are.
Making the adjustment could just lead to some unnatural colors, according to the form of the photograph you work on. In the event of oversaturating a photo, you could be deprived of detail in certain colors and could contribute to posterization.
Skin tones could be orangish if you set the saturation too high. This means when editing a person’s photograph, you should be careful with Lightroom’s saturation slider.
What Is Vibrance?
As with saturation, the word ‘vibrance’ alludes to the level of color intensity in a picture. Anyhow, it is something professionals will adjust in only photo editing services such as post-processing. You cannot control vibrance at the time of photography.
Lightroom’s vibrance slider can first change just the undersaturated colors in a photograph. So, when your photograph is well saturated, increasing its vibrance will not affect the colors.
Only increasing it to the level where your photograph becomes evenly saturated before increasing it more, will raise the saturation level of that image.
Tips On Utilizing Vibrance And Color Saturation In Editing
- You should toggle between the before version and after version of your image since the eyes will adjust to only the visible colors. When viewing the unedited picture, you could see how much saturation or vibrance change is in it. You can easily change one of these too far, so you might realize in hindsight that you should reduce it slightly.
- Saturation may vary throughout a photography scene, according to light. For improved photographs, make subtle color adjustments so that their colors do not overwhelm the images.
- When tweaking exposure and/or contrast, pay attention to the colors when these sliders affect saturation. This impact means that you may have to make more adjustments to vibrance and color saturation.