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In Photoshop and Bridge CS5 for Photographers New Features, author Chris Orwig explores the enhancements in Photoshop CS5 and Bridge CS5 from a photographer's perspective. This course introduces the Mini Bridge, a brand new panel to browse and open images without leaving Photoshop, expanded layer functionality, improved sharpening and noise reduction in Adobe Camera Raw, cleaning up and enhancing photographs with the new Bristle Brush and content-aware tools, and working with the new High Dynamic Range (HDR) toning controls. Exercise files are included with the course.
Let's take a look at the scenario where we simply make a selection and then where we refine or improve that selection and output that to new layer. Let's say that in this context, what we want to do is change the overall shirt color. So, in order to do that, we'll first select the shirt, and we'll do so by pressing the W key to select Quick Select, and then simply click and drag across the shirt. Now this will give us a pretty rough and decent selection. The next step is going to be to go to Refine Edge. This will open up the Refine Edge dialog.
Now you may remember that you can click on this View mode, and you can toggle or cycle through all of these different View modes by pressing the F key, or you can also simply click on these different names, or you can press these shortcuts. What I'm going to do is go ahead and take this so that I can view this on white. In order to see how good my selections are there, I'll close this by clicking off. Well, the next thing I'm going to do is zoom in a little bit, so we can see the shirt. I want to have Smart Radius help me out. This really is a nice helper tool. When I click on Smart Radius and increase this, you can see that, already, my edges are looking so much better.
It's defining different areas and building up a better selection. Now how far you go with this is going to be, of course, dependent upon the image. In this case, I think just a couple of pixels will do. Next, we want to smooth things out. Always keep in mind that Smooth and Contrast work together. These two are partners in crime. So, we'll go ahead and smooth this out a little bit. That's too soft, so we increase Contrast to bring back a little bit of Edge definition. Now if you crank your Contrast way up, you can see that things get really jagged. Also, crank Smooth way up.
You can see that it's going to bring in the actual edge. So, keep in mind that your Contrast setting and your Smooth setting, again, work hand in hand. Let's go ahead and bring this back to a more appropriate amount there. All right. Well, now that we've done this, let's take a look at our before and after. Click on this icon here or press the P key. Here is before, a pretty horrible selection. Here is after. That's much better. The last thing we might want to do is shift this Edge just a touch. We can shift it one way or another increasing, or for that matter, decreasing the selection.
But in my case, because I'm going to change the color, I want just a little bit more of that Edge in the selected area. Now that we've done this, let's take a look at how we can output this particular selection. We can simply output this to a new Selection, to a layer Mask, or we could put this on a New layer. Let's choose that option there and then click OK. All right. Well, now that we have this on a new layer, I'll zoom out a little bit, so I can evaluate the area I've selected. Well, here we can see it looks really, really good. If we turn on the Background layer, we're not going to notice any difference.
Well, then what we can do is we can create an Adjustment layer in order to modify this new layer. Let's go ahead and do something really simple, like, let's say Hue/Saturation. Well, here what I'm going to do is go ahead and shift the Hue, and you can see that I'm shifting the Hue of the shirt as well as shift the Hue of the background. Well, rather than affect the entire image, what I want to do is make a change that affects just the underlying shirt. So, let's choose a color that's really kind obnoxious. Let's take a look at how we can do this.
What you can do is click on this icon here to create what's called a layer Clipping Mask. Now when we do that, you can see that this particular Adjustment layer is just affecting the shirt, which we copied to a new layer. Well, now from here, I could then choose a new color. In this case, I'm going to choose a nice blue, desaturate a little bit. Here is our before and then after, a pretty subtle adjustment. Now if we want to make this more intense, we, of course, can click and drag this one way or another, however we see fit in order to find just the right spot for that particular shirt and that particular color and tone.
Well, I'm just going to go ahead and find something that's blue there, and then I desaturate perhaps a little bit more and have kind of a deeper blue. I can also change the overall Lightness as well. Here we have it, our before and then our after. We're able to make those changes, because we made a selection, then improved that selection with Refine Edge, and then outputted this to a new layer. Now just keep in mind that there are a number of different ways that you can output your selections. You're simply going to want to take a look at those different options and then use the option which will work best for whatever the task is at hand.
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