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I Just Learned Something Important In Lightroom I Absolutely Did Not Know

This is one I definitely should have known, but absolutely did not (but of course, Rob Sylvan, Powerful Overlord of Lightroom Knowledge did).

Last week I did a post on why I use Lightroom’s Vibrance slider instead of the Saturation slider. So far, so good. However, in that post I mentioned I didn’t know why when it comes to using the Adjustment Brush, there is no Vibrance slider, only a Saturation slider. Luckily, one of my readers (Craig), wrote a comment that blew my mind. He wrote:

Rob told me that in Local Adjustments Saturation on the plus side [dragging right] is vibrancy and minus [dragging left] is desaturation.


Rob, answered Craig back, “yup” and I was like “Heck — I never knew that.” I love learning new stuff, and I wanted to make sure you guys got that info, too. So, a big thank you to Craig and Rob for passing that on. It’s a great way to head into the weekend. 🙂

I’m up in Oshkosh, Wisconsin for the Big Air Show (the biggest in the US). We just got in tonight (I was up in Maine for a family vacation — my first real trip since Jan of 2020), and I caught a flight to Chicago and drove with my buddy to Wisconsin, and well…let’s more to share next week.

Have a great weekend everybody. 🙂




  1. Scott Weintraub 2 August, 2021 at 11:11 Reply

    Doesn’t that just flip the question? Why is there no positive saturation slider? Why should the behavior of that one slider be so confusing?

    • Rob Sylvan 30 July, 2021 at 13:02 Reply

      Well, there is no indication on the slider itself (though it might be helpful), it is just the way it behaves. As you increase (positive value) it behaves like Vibrance and as you decrease (negative value) it behaves like Saturation.

      • Joe S 31 July, 2021 at 10:06 Reply

        Thanks. That’s what I thought might be happening. They need to add something to show that is what is happening. I’m sure unless you read this here you would never know what is going on with this slider and most people don’t know about it.

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