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Hi, I Kevin Ames, I am a commercial photographer, and I am here at Photoshop World in Las Vegas, Nevada, and I want to show you some of the brand new features of Photoshop CS4.
This means in the new adjustments layer panel, and it is called Vibrance. Just like we have got in Camera and in Light rooms develop module, we now have the ability to add Vibrance which is saturation of none primary colors to our images.
In the adjustments panel, I am going to click on the new Vibrance icon to create a new Vibrance layer. And I want to make Jessica’s eyes much more vibrant, and to do that I am going to start with the black layer mask, and to get there, I am going to click on the new masks panel and click invert. That gives me a black mask.
Now in the Vibrance adjustment itself, I am going to drag the saturation slider all the way to 0, and then I am going to zoom in to 100%. They have moved that in Photoshop. You can still get it with the old keyboard shortcut. The new one is command or ctrl+1.
With a white brush, I am going to paint over her eyes and they are going to turn black and whit, because I am de-saturating out all of the color. This is how I know I have got exactly the right areas set in the mask.
There, now we turn the saturation to 0 to bring back the color and add Vibrance. Notice that here eyes are now much more intense. By clicking the little eye icon here at the bottom of the adjustments panel, I can turn the adjustment on and off, and all of the other controls that we were used to in Photoshop’s previous versions, such as opacity and fill continue to work
So I can take a look at this, zoomed back to fit on screen, and click it on and off, and you can see that Jessica’s eyes are much more vibrant, a new feature in Photoshop CS4, the Vibrance adjustment layer.
Another use for the Vibrance layer is to enhance local areas of color, in this case, her lips. I want to make a new Vibrance layer and with this when highlighted, you will notice I do not have a place to pick a new adjustment layer. To do that in the adjustment panel, I click on this arrow, and it brings back all of the adjustment layer icons and I will add a new Vibrance layer by clicking on Vibrance.
Again, I am going to drag the saturation slider all the way down which turns it to black and white, so I am going to click on the invert in the masks pane to turn the layer mask to completely black. Now I will get the brush tool, and all I have to do is paint in her lips with white, so I will put white as my foreground color, and just very carefully paint all the way in.
I really like the way Vibrance lets you de-saturate the entire image and shows you a gray scale version as you create the mask. It is very easy to see where the effect is going to go when you are ready to apply it.
All right, I have just finished the mask, and now I want to go into the Vibrance settings. So I will click on the adjustments pane and set saturation back to 0. The color comes back, and again I can crank in some Vibrance, and this time a little saturation to make her lips a little more intense. Command 0 returns me to full frame, and you can see the before and after by either clicking the I icon in the layers pallet, or by clicking the I icon in the adjustments pane.
So there is the new Vibrance adjustment layer, as well as an introduction to the masks pane, and the adjustments pane in Photoshop CS4.