I just posted two new video tutorials on You Tube. As with all Sagelight tutorials, they’re in 1280×720 HD.
Using the Power Box: Vibrance and Definition
This tutorial shows some examples of using the Vibrance and Definition controls in the Power Box together.
The Vibrance allows you to add a lot of deep color quickly to your image, where the definition controls allow you to add definition and clarity to your image making it seem more like its popping out of the monitor. As someone who uses Sagelight said, it makes it look like your picture is in 3-D on your monitor.
When the Vibrance and Definition controls are used together, it can make adding color to your image much more realistic.
note: This video starts in right into an example — I deleted the introduction because it was long and boring (you’re welcome!). The missing parts get filled in the second example.
Brightening the Eyes in Portraits (and other portrait tips)
I’ve run across a lot of portraits where the eyes were either in the shadows or could just use some general brightening to help focus on the subject. For example, if you search for “Portrait” on Flickr, you’ll see that a large percentage of the pictures have been enhance to bring out the eyes. In some cases, the eyes are just shadowy because of the way the shape of our face hides them. In other cases, you will see what the eyes were brought out on purpose to bring us into the picture.
This tutorial shows how to do that with Sagelight very easily, and also shows some other techniques like using the Highlight brush in the Dodge and Burn, as well as smoothing out the skin.