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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.
Here we're going to take a look at how we can select and work with color in some new and interesting ways inside of Photoshop CS5. And in order to do this, I want to simulate a situation. Let's say that what we're trying to do with this photograph is work a little bit on the makeup. Well, in order to do that, I'm going to first create a new layer. So, I'll click on the New layer icon. I'm going to go ahead and name this new layer Color, just to focus in on how we're going to work with color on this particular layer. Well, the next thing that I want to do, let's say, is I want to add some color to the cheeks over here.
Well, I'll press the I key in order to select my Eyedropper tool. Next, I am going to go ahead and click on this lip color here, and when I click and hold down, you'll notice that I've a different view. This particular view is show me the different colors with gray and black also in this little bit of a circle orientation. This will help me identify or pinpoint the color that I want to work on. And in my case, I want to select a color that's nice and deep. So, I have this nice, deep red here I am sampling on the lips, and then I'll let go.
Now when I do that, you'll notice that I have this color over here in my Color Picker. Well, now I'll select my Brush tool, and next what I want to do is I want to change this layer to a blending mode of color. And now that that's in a blending mode of color, I'll make my brush a little bit bigger here by pressing the right bracket key. I'm going to go ahead and just start to paint in some color here on the cheeks. And let's say that as I do that, I realize that that's not actually the color I want to work with.
Somehow, I want to change this a little bit. Well, how then can I do this? Well, one of things that we can do is press the shortcut. In order to open up a new Color Picker, which is called the HUD Color Picker, HUD stands for Heads Up Display. On a Mac, what you can do is press Ctrl+Option+Command and then click. On a PC, you press Shift+Alt+Right-Click. This will then open up this Heads Up Color Picker. And here what I could do is choose a new color, or if I move over to the slider, I can also choose different types of color.
So, in this side, I can control the overall color and brightness, and then over here I can shift the Hue. So, in this case, let's say that I want to go to something that's a little bit more pink or purple. I can then make that color selection and let go. Once I do that, you'll notice that I have that color over here in my Color Picker. Now at this point, I simply need to click and paint, and we have that new color there. Well, at this juncture, once again, I decide you know what? This color is over the top. I don't like it. I want to pick a new color.
Well, I can go back to that HUD Color Picker, or I can actually change which HUD Color Picker I use. Let me show you what I mean. If we press Command+K or Ctrl+K, that will then open up our Preferences, and in the General tab, we have the options for the HUD Color Picker. Here you can see we either have a Strip, which we currently looked at, or we can also select the Wheel. Let's choose that option, and click OK. Well, now here we'll press the same shortcut. Mac users, Ctrl+Option+Command. Windows users, Shift+Alt+Right-Click and then click on your document and hold.
When you do that, you can now see that we have a little bit different way to work with color. The Hue now is in a circle where we can select these different Hues, and I'm going to go with something perhaps that's a little bit more orange-red there, and then go ahead and select which type of orange or red tone I want. I'll make that selection, and then again paint over my image with this particular Hue here. Well, now at this juncture, I have a little bit of this color coming into the photograph, and let's say that this color is okay, but again, it's a little bit over the top.
What I am going to do next then is simply lower my opacity on this layer. So, I'll go ahead and lower the opacity, so I have a more subtle color coming in. Once again, I find this too faint, a little bit too orange. Remember the shortcut, Ctrl+Option+ Command on a Mac. Windows users: Shift+Alt+Right-Click, and then click and hold down, and here we'll choose something a little bit more red, and then let go, and then paint that in. Now this color finally looks pretty good. All right! Well, let's say that we now want to work on the eyelashes.
How can we add a little bit of purple up there? Well, what we can do is we can press that shortcut: Ctrl+Option+Command on a Mac, Shift+Alt+ Right-Click, and then we'll go ahead and click and hold, add some nice purple here, and then at this juncture, we'll just paint that into this area of the image. Now the color that I'm adding here is a little bit over the top. But the whole point of this, which I just kind of illustrate how you could begin the select color when you're working in a situation like this. Well, the last thing that I would realistically do here would be to simply lower my opacity, just to scale this way back, so that color wasn't quite so overpowering.
Here we have our overall before, and then after. Let me zoom in a little bit further, so you can see that, once again. Here it is before, and then after. Some nice and subtle color and makeup enhancements, and also along the way, we were really able to learn about some of these new Color Pickers that we have in Photoshop CS5.
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