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The difference between Saturation and vibrance in Photoshop. How to use both together for the best results

Difference between Vibrance and Saturation in Photoshop, Lightroom and ACR


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48 responses to “The difference between Saturation and vibrance in Photoshop. How to use both together for the best results”

  1. Loved it. I had not learned the difference between Vibe and Sat, or how they work together. Very valuable. Thank you.

  2. Thanks, I am primarily a Lightroom user and I’ve used these two together but never tried the Saturation negative to control the blowout of colored objects…. this tip will allow an even finer control of my photos…. thanks again and Happy Holidays

  3. I appreciated this simple, basic, and clear explanation of vibrance/saturation–something I played with without understanding. I’ll likely go back and play with some pictures I thought I had completed 🙂 You’re a fine teacher, Chris–this coming from someone with over 50 years in education! Thank you.

  4. Thank You! I didn’t really know how to use them in this way. These are the kinds of tips that are seriously useful. Not just what a tool does, but how to use it and when to use it compared with other tools that can accomplish similiar tasks.

  5. Hey Colin
    I have been trying to find the LIKE button to no avail. I wanted to let you know that your tutorials have been extremely helpful to me.
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  6. Hi Colin. Good explanation of the two. Also, I knew about the Vibrance slider work with unsaturated colors, but I like your idea of working them both together. Thanks

  7. Great video. Learned a lot how they work together. Have a merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.

  8. I’ve seen tutorials about this before BUT there’s so much to remember. I enjoy being able to refresh my knowledge and you do a good job of that. Do you have a tutorial on when or why it is best to use either Lr, Ps, or ACR?

  9. Learned some very useful information about saturation and vibrancy. I have used both before but now I see how they can be used effectively, and I see the ways to measure each one for the optimal image.

  10. Thank you. I now have a better knowledge of the use of the vibrance and saturation sliders and hope to put them to better use than I have done in the past

  11. As usual very interesting and enlightening. This tut gave me a new perspective on the vibrance slider. Thanks Colin and happy Christmas.

  12. Excellent video. You are very informative and an excellent teacher. With my short attention span, the short ones are perfect! I usually experiment with these two sliders but didn’t recognize how they work together. Thank you.

  13. Really informative. I’ve just been using vibrance and rarely doing anything with saturation. This is a real game changer for me. Thank you, Colin. I always look forward to your videos.

  14. Colin, you make using common sliders into new and creative ways of dealing with colour. You have taught me more unique ways of using Lightroom and Photoshop than any other online teacher. Kudos to you !!

  15. Hi Colin. I like how you explain in basic terms for newbies like me. However, I am feeling quite confused about the layers and masks and how to use them. I also wonder which plug-ins I need. Mobile photography is strictly a new hobby for me and I do not intend to create a business with my photos.

    • I have made a beginners tutorial on layers and another on masks. Look at the Photoshop basics category here at the CAFE and ou can easily find them/

  16. O.K. that finally helps me to use these tools properly. Before I would use one or the other and then try and use brushes to adjust to where I wanted to be. thanks for keeping it simple

  17. Is this how portraits can almost look B&W except for the eye color? BTW, I just purchased your drone photography book (and can’t wait to utilize some of the ideas) and that’s what brought me here!

    • This is one way of achieving that effect. I have other tutorials on partial color, check those out too. Welcome to the CAFE

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