Vibrance versus Saturation: What is the Difference?

What is the Difference Between Vibrance and Saturation?

What is the Difference Between Vibrance and Saturation?

Photoshop and Lightroom have settings for both Vibrance and Saturation. It may not be immediately obvious what the difference is between vibrance and saturation.

 

Original photograph without any changes to vibrance or saturation. Original photograph without any changes to vibrance or saturation.

Vibrance Versus Saturation

 

 

What is Saturation?

I maxed the saturation in Lightroom for this example. I maxed the saturation in Lightroom for this example.

Saturation affects all the colors in your image, equally. You’ll have brighter blues, greens, oranges and yellows. If you’re photographing people, you may find that your skin colors get too orange if you over do it with saturation.

For this example, I maxed the saturation. Notice that the colors are all subtly brighter, but the increased in skin tone is unnatural.

When should you use Saturation?

Use saturation to help make color photographs pop by enhancing the colors in landscape photographs or images that don’t have people.


What is Vibrance?

Vibrance enhances colors without making skin tones unnatural. Vibrance enhances colors without making skin tones unnatural.

While saturation pumps up all the colors in an image, vibrance affects the less saturated colors.

Notice in this example, the greens and blues are especially bright, but the oranges of the skin tone are not as bright as they were in the saturation example.

When should you use Vibrance?

Use vibrance to enhance portraits because it will make your colors pop without making your skin tones unnatural.

 

Final image. Final image.

Final image shows that greens and blues have been enhanced without making them unnaturally bright.


Additional examples of Vibrance versus Saturation.

Original Image: no enhancement Original Image: no enhancement

Final image: with enhancement. Final image: with enhancement.

Vibrance Maxed Vibrance Maxed

Vibrance Maxed Vibrance Maxed

 

 

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