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Making selective adjustments

From: Up and Running with Photoshop Elements 11

Video: Making selective adjustments

Sometimes you want to effect or correct just part of a photo and you can't do that in Quick Edit mode using the Selection tools there. To show you that I'll select this image in the Organizer and I will click Editor. Here in the Editor I am working in Quick Edit mode. And what I want to do is select the blue face of the statue and his crown. I will leave these blue balls on the crown out of it. So first I am going to zoom in, so I get a closer view. And then with the Hand tool I'm going to click and drag so I can see everything I want to select here.

Making selective adjustments

Sometimes you want to effect or correct just part of a photo and you can't do that in Quick Edit mode using the Selection tools there. To show you that I'll select this image in the Organizer and I will click Editor. Here in the Editor I am working in Quick Edit mode. And what I want to do is select the blue face of the statue and his crown. I will leave these blue balls on the crown out of it. So first I am going to zoom in, so I get a closer view. And then with the Hand tool I'm going to click and drag so I can see everything I want to select here.

I might need to back off just a bit on the zoom. Now I am going to go over to the toolbar and click on the Quick Selection tool, and that displays the tool options for the Quick Selection tool and its neighbor, the Selection Brush tool down in the tool Options. I will start with the Quick Selection tool which will automatically select part of an image based on the color and tone. I will make sure that in this area I have the new selection icon enabled and then I'll come over to Auto Enhance and I am going to click that. That will just help this tool find the edge of the statue with the color and tone change.

I will move my cursor over the image and I can see right away that the brush tip is too big. I find the Quick Selection tool works best with a small brush tip. So I will come down to the Size slider in the Options bar and I'm going to drag that way over to the left. Now with this small brush tool I will click on the blue of the statue's face and start dragging and the selection jumps ahead of me, finding the edge of the face and of the crown. Sometimes as I use this tool, I need to change the brush size, I can either come down and use the Brush slider or I can just press the left bracket key on my keyboard, which is right next to the P key, to make the brush size smaller, the right bracket key next to that, would make the brush bigger.

And now I will continue up here trying to select the crown. Now you can see that actually I have selected more than the crown, over here I have got part of the building, over here as well. I can try to fix that by coming back down to the Options and changing the option to Subtract from selection. And then it moving over the areas that I don't want in this selection and removing those like this. And I can do that here too. But sometimes this sets me in a loop, going back and forth between adding to the selection and subtracting from it. So when I need to be more precise, I have another tool here, the Selection Brush tool, I'll choose that tool.

And now I want to add to the selection, so I will make sure that icon is selected in the options. I can change the Size and the Hardness of this brush tip, I might soften the brush up just a bit. And then I will move into the image and now I can paint in the selection. And this tool isn't trying to do it for me, it's simply adding to the selection wherever I paint. If by mistake I go out here and include part of the window, then I can come back and Subtract from the selection and do it very precisely. So I am going to continue this job until I have got what looks to me like a pretty good selection.

So now I'm done making the initial selection, these dotted lines that define the selection are called marching ants, with the marching ants you can't really see edge of the selection perfectly. So I am going to go back to the Quick Selection Brush tool and I'm going to come over here and click Refine Edge. That opens the Refine Edge dialog and it lets me view the image against a mask, that mask can be either white or if I click on the View menu, I could choose a Black mask or a Black and White mask and each image is different. What I am trying to do is get the best view of the edge of this mask.

I think On White is going to work for this particular image. And then I will click out of this box to close it. What I am going to do here is move the Smooth slider over to the right slightly and as I do, you can see the edge of my selection smooth out. Sometimes I will also add a tiniest bit of Feather, which softens the edge of a selection. And there are some other controls that come in handy for other images. I think this looks pretty good, so I am going to leave it at that. And I will make sure that I'm Outputting to a Selection, then I'll click OK. Now I'm going to make a change that will affect only the area inside of the selection.

I could use any of the adjustments. I will go to the Color Adjustment and click the arrow there and I will click on the Hue tab. Now as I move over the Preset Hue changes, you can see the color changed just inside that Selection. I think I am going to go with this last Preset, so I'll click it to a apply it. And all that's left to do is remove the marching ants, which I will do by going up to the Select menu and choosing Deselect or using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+D on the PC or Command+D on the Mac, that's one to remember, because you will use it so often. So that's how to change just part of an image using the Selection tools in the Quick Edit Mode.

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Up and Running with Photoshop Elements 11

39 video lessons · 6306 viewers

Jan Kabili
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  1. 9m 19s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. What is Elements?
      2m 36s
    3. Getting acquainted with Elements workspaces
      5m 45s
  2. 19m 37s
    1. Working with catalogs
      4m 22s
    2. Importing and using the exercise files
      3m 41s
    3. Importing photos from your computer
      2m 49s
    4. Importing photos from your camera
      4m 50s
    5. Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)
      3m 55s
  3. 11m 9s
    1. Cropping in Photo Fix
      4m 52s
    2. Applying one-click adjustments in Photo Fix
      4m 27s
    3. Fixing red-eye in Photo Fix
      1m 50s
  4. 27m 6s
    1. Working in Quick Edit
      6m 8s
    2. Adjusting lighting
      3m 41s
    3. Adjusting color
      4m 4s
    4. Making selective adjustments
      4m 33s
    5. Retouching with the Healing Brush tools
      4m 53s
    6. Saving edited images
      3m 47s
  5. 8m 46s
    1. Working in Guided Edit
      2m 56s
    2. Correcting skin tones in Guided Edit
      2m 44s
    3. Applying a vignette in Guided Edit
      3m 6s
  6. 32m 46s
    1. Touring the Expert Edit interface
      4m 49s
    2. Working with layers
      8m 55s
    3. Working with selections
      6m 18s
    4. Improving photos with adjustment layers
      5m 37s
    5. Editing automatically with actions
      2m 34s
    6. Adding text
      4m 33s
  7. 36m 37s
    1. Touring the Organizer
      4m 30s
    2. Managing files and folders
      4m 35s
    3. Organizing using People
      8m 43s
    4. Organizing using Places
      5m 1s
    5. Organizing using Events
      3m 28s
    6. Keyword tagging
      4m 12s
    7. Grouping photos into albums
      6m 8s
  8. 10m 1s
    1. Making a photo creation
      7m 39s
    2. Outputting a photo creation
      2m 22s
  9. 11m 6s
    1. Sending photos by email
      4m 49s
    2. Sharing photos to Facebook
      3m 9s
    3. Exporting photos
      3m 8s
  10. 21s
    1. Goodbye
      21s

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