Photoshop CC One-on-One: Fundamentals
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Adjusting color with the Brush tool


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Photoshop CC One-on-One: Fundamentals

with Deke McClelland

Video: Adjusting color with the Brush tool

In this movie, we'll use a brush tool to even out the coloring of the flesh tones as well as knocking down some of the shine on the model's forehead. And if you zoom in on the makeup underneath the model's eyes you can see that it doesn't quite match the coloring of the natural skin tones. You can see it's even more evident over here on the left hand side. So we're going to take care of that problem using the Brush tool, which you'll find directly below the Healing brush. And you can get to the tool by pressing the b key. And if for some reason you see some other tool in the slot, go ahead and click and hold on that tool, and choose the Brush tool from the fly out menu.
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  1. 38m 23s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      1m 51s
    2. Opening from the Windows desktop on Windows 8 (CC 2014)
      6m 16s
    3. Opening from the Windows desktop on Windows 7 or earlier (CC)
      5m 48s
    4. Opening from the Macintosh Finder
      7m 10s
    5. Opening from Photoshop or Bridge
      3m 52s
    6. Opening an image from Mini Bridge (CC)
      2m 39s
    7. Opening through Camera Raw
      5m 11s
    8. Closing one image and closing all
      5m 36s
  2. 52m 47s
    1. Navigating your image
      40s
    2. The dark vs. the light interface
      6m 2s
    3. Navigating tabs and windows
      4m 32s
    4. Panels and workspaces
      6m 20s
    5. Zooming incrementally
      6m 22s
    6. Zooming continuously
      2m 43s
    7. Entering a custom zoom value
      2m 25s
    8. Scrolling and panning images
      2m 31s
    9. Rotating and resetting the view
      2m 11s
    10. Cycling between screen modes
      3m 10s
    11. Using the Navigator panel
      3m 38s
    12. Using Retina and HiDPI displays
      4m 3s
    13. Adjusting a few screen preferences
      8m 10s
  3. 1h 2m
    1. Digital imaging fundamentals
      1m 45s
    2. Image size and resolution
      6m 34s
    3. The Image Size command
      6m 9s
    4. Common resolution standards
      4m 7s
    5. Upsampling vs. real pixels
      7m 59s
    6. Changing the print size
      8m 15s
    7. Downsampling for print
      5m 14s
    8. Downsampling for email
      6m 22s
    9. The interpolation settings
      6m 40s
    10. Downsampling advice
      5m 5s
    11. Upsampling advice
      4m 15s
  4. 53m 21s
    1. The layered composition
      1m 40s
    2. Introducing the Layers panel
      4m 13s
    3. Adding, scaling, and aligning layers
      5m 27s
    4. Dragging and dropping layers
      4m 36s
    5. Stack, reveal, and rename
      3m 1s
    6. Opacity, history, and blend mode
      6m 5s
    7. Duplicating a selected portion of a layer
      5m 32s
    8. Applying a clipping mask
      3m 58s
    9. Blending inside a clipping mask
      4m 10s
    10. Finishing off your artwork
      3m 13s
    11. Creating a new layer and background
      4m 24s
    12. Layering tips and tricks
      7m 2s
  5. 26m 13s
    1. The art of the save
      54s
    2. Four things to know about saving
      5m 59s
    3. Saving layers to PSD
      6m 34s
    4. Saving print images to TIFF
      4m 48s
    5. Saving an interactive image to PNG
      3m 40s
    6. Saving a flat photo to JPEG
      4m 18s
  6. 32m 16s
    1. Honing in on your image
      1m 43s
    2. The new and improved Crop tool
      4m 35s
    3. Editing your last crop
      6m 29s
    4. Cropping to a specific ratio or size
      5m 57s
    5. Straightening a crooked image
      4m 44s
    6. Filling in missing details
      6m 44s
    7. Using the Perspective Crop tool
      2m 4s
  7. 44m 51s
    1. First, there is brightness
      2m 12s
    2. How luminance works
      4m 18s
    3. The three Auto commands
      3m 27s
    4. Automatic brightness and contrast
      6m 5s
    5. The Brightness/Contrast command
      2m 47s
    6. The dynamic adjustment layer
      4m 4s
    7. Editing adjustment layers
      3m 52s
    8. Isolating an adjustment with a layer mask
      3m 31s
    9. Introducing the histogram
      4m 58s
    10. Measuring an adjustment
      3m 34s
    11. Using the Shadows/Highlights command
      6m 3s
  8. 44m 34s
    1. And second, there is color
      1m 31s
    2. Identifying a color cast
      3m 34s
    3. Correcting a color cast automatically
      3m 57s
    4. Changing the color balance
      6m 10s
    5. Compensating with Photo Filter
      3m 11s
    6. Adjusting color intensity with Vibrance
      3m 29s
    7. Correcting color casts in Camera Raw
      5m 46s
    8. The Hue/Saturation command
      5m 26s
    9. Summoning colors where none exist
      4m 9s
    10. Making more color with Vibrance
      4m 27s
    11. Making a quick-and-dirty sepia tone
      2m 54s
  9. 55m 47s
    1. Making selective modifications
      1m 11s
    2. The geometric Marquee tools
      6m 1s
    3. Aligning one image element to another
      4m 59s
    4. The freeform Lasso tools
      3m 59s
    5. The Polygonal Lasso tool and Quick Mask
      5m 19s
    6. Cropping one selection inside another
      6m 15s
    7. Creating rays of light
      4m 44s
    8. Quick Selection and Similar
      4m 11s
    9. Making it better with Refine Edge
      4m 56s
    10. Integrating image elements
      2m 39s
    11. Magic Wand and Grow
      5m 17s
    12. Refine, integrate, and complete
      6m 16s
  10. 53m 48s
    1. Your best face forward
      1m 0s
    2. Content-Aware Fill
      6m 11s
    3. Using the Spot Healing Brush
      5m 36s
    4. The more capable "standard" Healing Brush
      5m 55s
    5. Meet the Clone Source panel
      3m 53s
    6. Caps Lock and Fade
      4m 57s
    7. The Dodge and Burn tools
      5m 1s
    8. Adjusting color with the Brush tool
      6m 35s
    9. Smoothing skin textures
      5m 57s
    10. Brightening teeth
      4m 0s
    11. Intensifying eyes
      4m 43s
  11. 49s
    1. Until next time
      49s

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Watch the Online Video Course Photoshop CC One-on-One: Fundamentals
7h 45m Beginner Jun 28, 2013 Updated Sep 17, 2014

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Get the ultimate foundation in Adobe Photoshop CC, in this update to the flagship series Photoshop One-on-One. Deke takes you on a personalized tour of the basic tools and techniques that lie behind great images and graphic design, while keeping you up to speed with the newest features offered with Creative Cloud. Learn to open images from multiple sources, get around the panels and menus, and work with layers—the feature that allows you to perform masking, combine effects, and perform other edits nondestructively. Then Deke shows how to perform important editing tasks, such as cropping and straightening images, adjusting the luminance of your image, correcting color imbalances and enhancing color creatively, and finally, retouching and healing.

Topics include:
  • What is color correction?
  • Comparing RGB and CMYK color modes
  • Using grayscales and neutrals for color correction
  • Understanding pixels and bit depth
  • Evaluating and correcting images with histograms
  • Using nondestructive editing tools
  • Removing a color cast
  • Performing curve corrections in Camera Raw
  • Affecting creative adjustments
  • Retouching an image
  • Sharpening images
  • Preparing for print and web use
Subjects:
Design Photography
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Deke McClelland

Adjusting color with the Brush tool

In this movie, we'll use a brush tool to even out the coloring of the flesh tones as well as knocking down some of the shine on the model's forehead. And if you zoom in on the makeup underneath the model's eyes you can see that it doesn't quite match the coloring of the natural skin tones. You can see it's even more evident over here on the left hand side. So we're going to take care of that problem using the Brush tool, which you'll find directly below the Healing brush. And you can get to the tool by pressing the b key. And if for some reason you see some other tool in the slot, go ahead and click and hold on that tool, and choose the Brush tool from the fly out menu.

Now I'm going to increase the size of my brush. If I was to start and just painting inside the image, I would paint with the foreground color, which by default is black. And so, I create this fuzzy black brush stroke. Obviously, that's not what I want, so I'll press Ctrl+Z or Cmd+Z on the Mac to undo that change. However, I do want a fuzzy brush. So I'll right-click inside the image. Make sure your hardness value is set to 0% for this effect to work. I'll then press the Enter key or the Return key on a Mac to hide that panel. What I'm going to do is lift a flesh tone by pressing and holding the Alt key, or the Option key on a Mac, and that gets me my eye dropper on the fly.

And then I'll click inside the image to lift the flesh tone, you see you can see at the top of the circle. And here inside the color panel, I'm going to adjust my hue saturation and brightness values just a little bit. I want to hue value of 15 degrees, that's perfect. Saturation should be more like 30% and the brightness should be more like 60%. Now if I paint a brush stroke, it will be in that color. However, we're not getting any interaction between the brush stroke and the image. So again, I'll press Ctrl+Z, or Cmd+Z on the Mac. What I need to do is assign a blend mode.

So I'll go up here to the Options bar and change the mode from Normal to Color. And that way, we'll override the color of the makeup but we'll keep all the surface detail, which is conveyed by luminosity. That is, the luminance information. So I'll go ahead and choose Color and then paint over this region like so. Now we're getting some colors that are awfully hot as you can see, that is overly saturated in the shadow detail, so we need to break color into its two parts. I'll press Ctrl+Z or Cmd+Z on the Mac to undo that change.

If I go back to the Blend mode pop-up menu, you'll see that there's two options above Color, Hue and Saturation. Those are the ingredients that make up color. We were having a problem with saturation, so in other words we want to keep the natural saturation values. In which case I'll select Hue so that the hue is the only thing we're changing. Now I'm going to increase the size of my brush just a little bit more and paint inside of this region of makeup like so. And then I'll reduce the size of my cursor and paint over this little bit of makeup as well. It's a pretty subtle change so far.

However, over here on the left-hand side it's not going to be quite so subtle. So I'll pan over to that location, increase the size of my brush, and paint underneath the eye and we get a more credible effect. So, we can still tell that she's wearing makeup, but at least the makeup is the right color. All right now I'm going to zoom out a little bit. You may recall that the model has some shine on her forehead and on her cheek here on the left-hand side. What you might do to solve this problems is switch over to the Burn tool. And then, instead of burning the midtones, which is the default range, you'd burn the highlights instead.

However, when you burn highlights in Photoshop you usually get some pretty bad results, because Photoshop doesn't have any real color information to work with inside those highlights. I'll go ahead and press Ctrl+Z, or Cmd+Z on the Mac, to undo that change. Your better approach is to switch back to the Brush tool. And let's lift a very light color from the forehead here. I'll Alt+click or Option+click at this location, and that brightens up the foreground color significantly, as you can see along the top of the circle. And once again, I'm going to adjust my HSB values. I'll take the hue value up to 20 degrees, and then I'll lift the saturation value to 15%, and the brightness value should be around 85%.

All right, now I'm going to switch to a different blend mode, because we want to darken the best blend mode for our purposes will be Multiply. I'll go ahead and select that mode, press the Escape key so the mode is no longer active here on the PC, and then press the right bracket key a few times in order to increase the size of my brush, and just paint along that highlight like so. I've gone way too far. Let's press Ctrl+Shift+F, Cmd+Shift+F on the Mac in order to bring up the Fade dialogue box, we'll reduce the opacity to 50%. See how that looks, might want to take it farther down actually so I'll take it down to 30% in order to create the effect you see in the video and then I'll click OK.

And I might try it again actually paint up with a smaller brush stroke along the highlight and then press Ctrl+Shift+F or Cmd+Shift+F on a Mac. Let's take the opacity down to about 20%. And that looks pretty darn good. Now I'll click OK in order to accept that effect. Let's go ahead and do the same thing here on the cheek. So I'll just paint along the cheek and then I'll press Ctrl+Shift+F. Let's start at 20% and see how things look. And then I'll go ahead and raise it to 30%. And that looks great. And notice, by the way, that Photoshop is smart enough to know that I used the Multiply blend mode.

So I could switch it out to a different mode if I wanted to on the fly. For example, if I wanted to color the cheek instead of darkening it, I would witch to the Color mode. That's not what I want though. I'll go ahead and switch things back to Multiply and then click OK to accept that change. Just a couple of other items that I might want to modify. By the way, you could change the opacity on the fly. So, I could say gosh you know, I'll press the five key to reduce the opacity value to 50%, and then I'll paint over this area. Problem is that it's easier to do the fade from the Fade dialog box, because you can see it happen, as opposed to trying to anticipate what it's going to look like.

So now I'll press Ctrl+Shift+F, Cmd+Shift+F on a Mac, it shows me that my opacity value is 50%, which is awesome, I'll take it down to 30% and click OK. And then I'll paint along just under the left eyebrow and actually that looks good, at 50%. So I'll leave it as is. All right, now I'll switch back to the rectangular marquee tool, let's go ahead and reset the view once again. And just to give you a sense of what we were able to accomplish here, I'll press the F12 key in order to revert the image to its saved appearance, and you can see that we have some awfully bright shine up in the forehead and this off-color makeup, for example on the left eye.

And then if I press Ctrl+z or Cmd+Z on the Mac in order to reinstate my changes the skin tones are looking a lot more organic, to the model's natural coloring. And that's how you use the Brush tool to adjust the coloring of a portrait shot here in Photoshop.

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Q: This course was updated on 09/17/2014. What changed?
A: Deke updated the course to reflect changes in the 2014 version of Photoshop CC. This includes everything from opening the program to retouching your photographs with the Healing and Content-Aware tools.
 
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