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Photoshop is the world’s most powerful image editor, and it’s arguably the most complex, as well. Fortunately, nobody knows the program like award-winning book and video author Deke McClelland. Join Deke as he explores such indispensable Photoshop features as resolution, cropping, color correction, retouching, and layers. Gain expertise with real-world projects that make sense. Exercise files accompany the course.
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I've gone ahead and saved my progress such as it is as Another awful edit.psd found inside the 07_basic_correct folder. This time we're really going to isolate the sweater, and we're going to change it to a kind of salmon color, as you'll see without affecting the face, or the umbrella, or the background all of which are suffering quite a bit right now. Now the first thing I'm going to do is enter the desired Hue and Saturation values. I'm going to change that Hue value to -60, and then press Tab and change that Saturation value to -20 like so.
Next, what we need to do is modify the range. So the range is obviously not only incorporating her sweater, but it's also incorporating her+ face, which is giving her sort of a raspberry appearance. We don't want that and I was telling you that we're all orange. Remember that one. It's very important. And you can see that orange here inside of this color bar. The orange point resides just inside of the edits. It lands right at the tapering-off point. So what we need to do is drag this gray over like so until we get the edits off of her face as we're seeing right here.
So, I haven't got them completely off, but I've made a big difference and now we have a very limited range of colors being modified from 73 degrees to 75 degrees. So just a few yellows and that's it. And then we're tapering down to 43 degrees into the oranges and then we're tapering into the greens to 105 degrees. Let's go ahead and modify those settings as well. I'm going to drag this right-hand light gray area over to the right until that first value before the backslash right above my cursor becomes 120 like so.
And then I'm also going to drag this triangle right here back to 145. So you can drag these guys independently of each other. You have all sorts of control over exactly which colors get edited and which don't. And then I'm going to back this guy often. You should see some changes here inside the image, if you're looking at the images, I moved this little guy here. I'm going to drag this vertical bar until that second value. This guy right there is 77 degrees, and then I'll go ahead and expand my range a little by dragging this triangle, the left -hand triangle over to 29 degrees like so.
And we end up with this modification, which is pretty darn good in terms of protecting the face. So, if I go ahead and click on the eyeball for a moment to turn off the layer, you'll see this is the original version of the image, and this is what it looks like now subject to the edit. So her face is not suffering all that much but the background is, the background is totally changing on this. Notice this is before and this is after. Also notice that several of the colors inside the umbrella are changing and mysteriously our range name has changed from Yellows to Greens.
So, Photoshop is rethought what we're up to, looks at the range that falls inside the bars right there and decides if that's Greens so it hits the background and so on. What happened to our menu? If you check out the pop-up menu, you'll see that we no longer have Yellows anymore, because we change what yellow means. We're now modifying the Greens and now there is this other category of Greens 2 that we're not hitting, because we never did anything to the Greens that what were formerly called the Greens in the first place. Let's switch back to what is now called Greens, so that we can further modify it if we want to, and at this point, we're going to want to add a layer mask.
This is as much as we can do using the Hue/Saturation controls by themselves. So, let's just go ahead and tuck away that panel, and we're going to add a layer mask to this adjustment layer by dropping down, we're not going to start with the selection, we're just going to paint inside the layer mask. Drop down here to this icon, Add layer mask, and click on it and now you have a completely white layer mask. White goes ahead and turns all of the adjustment on. Black conceals the effect, white reveals. So what we need to do to start concealing some areas is paint with black. So, I'm going to go ahead and grab a tool we haven't seen so far, the Brush tool.
We're going to see it in great detail later on, but for now, just go ahead and click on it or you can press the keyboard shortcut, which is the B key. And then what I want you to do is I want you to get yourself a really big brush. So, click this down pointing arrowhead right there on the left side of the Options bar, and change that Size value to something like 500, leave Hardness set to 0 unless it's not currently 0 then change it to 0, of course. And then just press the Enter key or the Return key a couple of times in order to hide that panel. Now, drop down here to this little Switcheroo icon and click on it, or you can press the X key.
So that black is your foreground color, and I'm going to zoom out so that I can see the entire image. And I'm going to paint away my modifications here in the background. Now you can go ahead and paint a little bit into her sweater like so, if you want to because we're going to have to come back to that. I'll paint over the top of her head like so in order to get this portion of the umbrella. And then I might paint over her face as well, but you got to be careful because you don't want to paint down into the neck of her sweater like I'm currently. All right! So I've done too much. I'm going to go ahead and zoom back in.
And now, I'm going to switch to a different brush. I'll click this down-pointing arrowhead or I can right-click actually inside the image window if I want to with the Brush tool, and I'll change the Size to 100 pixels and I'll change the Hardness to 75%, and then I'll press the Enter key a couple of times to hide that guy that would be the Return key on the Mac. Click this icon or press the X key to switch the foreground color to white, and then paint back in the neck of her sweater. And that's resulting in a little bit of a harsh transition right there in her face.
I'll take care of that in a moment. Actually you know what? I'm just going to go ahead and paint her face back in because I'm pretty happy with the modified colors of her face. I'm also going to paint along her sleeve right here, and I'm going to do that using the special trick of clicking and Shift+clicking. So, here's how it works. When you click and then you Shift+click with the Brush tool, you connect those two click points with the straight line like so. Click here and then Shift+click, and then Shift+click, and then Shift+click and the whole time I'm connecting each one of the click points or I should say Shift-click points with a straight line of color.
So that I can paint back in her sleeve, and I've got a little bit of editing still going on in there. You may be able to see that, just paint that away as well inside of her sweater and then I'm going to move over to this left side of the image and I'm going to press the X key. Notice that the background is currently set to this orangish sort of reddish color where it should be green like the background over on the right-hand side. So, I'm going to press the X key to make my foreground color black again. And I'm going to click right there, Shift+click and Shift-click down.
And then I revealed a little bit of her sweater, notice that so I'll zoom in a little so we can see what I'm talking about, I have a little touch of green there on her sweater. Press the X key to switch the foreground color back to white, and click right there, and that's it. No Shift clicking. Just click, because it's a round area so the contour of the brush fills it in nicely. And then we just need to take care of any other sort of little ratty details. For example her shoulder is a bit of a problem. I'll right-click and I'll increase the brush size to 200, press Tab, reduce the Hardness value to 0%, press the Enter key a couple of times.
Now, if you're not sure what color to paint with, just go ahead and start painting and see if it works, and if it doesn't you would just press Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on the Mac to undo your modification, press the X key to switch to the other color and then try painting again. In my case, I am painting with white. Now up in the hair, I also want to paint with white, because I don't want quite as much green reflection on the top of her head. And so I end up with an effect that looks a little something like this. Now, if you want to check your work inside of the mask, and you might want to do that, notice my mask is a little bit of a mess.
You can Alt+click or Option+ click on that layer mask thumbnail. Now I'll go ahead and zoom out and I can see that I didn't really make all of the background black. So, I'm going to press the X key in order to make the foreground color black again. I'm going to right-click with the brush. I'm going to change the Size value to something like 400%, let's say. Press the Enter key a couple of times to hide it, then go ahead and paint away those areas that ought to be black, just like so. Don't get too close to this area where the woman is since we can't see her. And then just go ahead and Alt+ click or Option+click on that layer mask thumbnail to once again reveal the full color image.
And just to give you a sense of what we've accomplished I'll go ahead and zoom in on this image. Bring it up a little bit so that we can see the sweater region. This is the appearance of the original image with that garish chartreuse sweater, and this is what the image looks like now. Thanks to our selective Hue/Saturation modifications combined with the Target Adjustment tool, and a layer mask here inside Photoshop.
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