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Photoshop: Vibrance Adjustment

Version: Adobe Photoshop CC 2021. Be aware that different versions of Photoshop will vary in appearance and functionality. Full Guides: Photoshop: Images, Photoshop: Graphic Design


Adjustments in Photoshop are a group of editing tools that can be used to manipulate color and tone without permanently changing the image. Adjustment layers can be edited and discarded in order to restore the original image at any time. Common Adjustments include Levels, Brightness & Contrast, Vibrance, and Color Balance.

Vibrance is a smart tool that increases the intensity of the more muted colors in an image and leaves the already well-saturated colors alone. It also prevents skin tones from becoming overly saturated and unnatural. The Vibrance adjustment also has a saturation control, which changes the intensity of all colors. Saturation can very easily make colors and skin tone look unnatural. It is recommended to make changes to the image’s saturation with the Hue/Saturation adjustment instead of the Vibrance adjustment.

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To change the vibrancy of an image:
  1. Select the Vibrance adjustment from the Adjustments panel. A Vibrance layer will be added in the Layers panel, and a Properties panel will open.
    • If the Adjustments panel isn’t open, navigate to Window > Adjustments. 
  2. Change the settings in the Properties panel. Move the vibrance slider left to decrease vibrance, and right to increase. Changes made will automatically apply to the image.

After adding an Adjustment to an image, a new layer is created for the adjustment in the Layers panel.>
>showing where to edit adjustment layers
  • To re-open adjustments later, double-click on the adjustment’s icon in its layer. The adjustment’s Properties Panel, with any changes made, will appear.
  • To delete an adjustment layer, click-and-drag the layer to the trashcan within the Layers Panel.

To apply an Adjustment to a specific area or layer:
  1. Select the desired layer with the image from the Layers panel.
  2. Highlight the object/area with a Selection tool, such as the Quick Selection tool (see Photoshop: Selection Tools for more details).
  3. Select the desired Adjustment from the Adjustments panel. A new mask for the Adjustment will be created. 
  4. Change the settings in the Properties panel. Only the masked area will be affected.


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Keywords:editing, images, photos, graphics, adjustments, vibrance, saturation   Doc ID:91926
Owner:Misty B.Group:Pacific Lutheran University
Created:2019-05-22 15:50 PDTUpdated:2021-07-08 15:52 PDT
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