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Adjusting colors selectively

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Video: Adjusting colors selectively

There's a great tool in Photoshop that I use often for adjusting colors and it's called Hue Saturation. Before I show this to you, what I want to do is first get the exposure correct on this image. Which is typically a good idea to, to do before you start messing with the colors. So we're just gona go and create an Adjustment layer that is Levels. And let's go ahead and drag the right slider into the first little bit of highlight there. Left slider into the first bit of shadow and we could tweak the midtones here if we want and that looks pretty good.

Adjusting colors selectively

There's a great tool in Photoshop that I use often for adjusting colors and it's called Hue Saturation. Before I show this to you, what I want to do is first get the exposure correct on this image. Which is typically a good idea to, to do before you start messing with the colors. So we're just gona go and create an Adjustment layer that is Levels. And let's go ahead and drag the right slider into the first little bit of highlight there. Left slider into the first bit of shadow and we could tweak the midtones here if we want and that looks pretty good.

And now I want to create another Adjustment layer, but this time I want to create a Hue Saturation Adjustment layer. Now if we're just going to increase the vibrance of colors, I really recommend using the vibrance Adjustment layer. What this does here is that we have vibrance and saturation. The saturation increases the saturation of all the colors in the image. I'm just going to take this back down to zero to undo that. But vibrance kind of does the same thing. It gets the colors more vibrant except that it respects skin tones a little bit more.

So, with saturation it doesn't care, it's going to take all the colors up the same amount. But vibrance is going to brighten all the colors, and leave skin tones kind of where they are, and maybe make them just a little bit brighter. Or again, if we go the opposite direction into negative values, we're desaturating the image, or taking away the vibrance of the image. But this is a good way just to boost general colors. I'm just going to delete that for right now. and I open up another Adjustment layer here. And what we really want to do is play with Hue saturation. This is kind of a great and very flexible tool for adjusting the colors in an image.

And by default, we had this drop down here and it's set to master. So we could adjust all the Hues in the image at once. And you see what's happening there, it's kind of shifting every color along a color wheel. We could also adjust the mature saturation kind of like we just saw with vibrance and saturation. Except again just like the previous saturation, there's no respect for skin tones. And we can also adjust the lightness of the image. But when you're dealing with and entire image, you don't want to fiddle with lightness cuz it's going to take every pixel, and make every pixel darker, including your beautiful highlights. Or it's going to make every pixel bright including your beautiful shadows, so you don't want to do that.

This is also a nice way to colorize an image. I can check colorize and then I can add a Hue. Let's say if I wanted this to be all blue. We can adjust the saturation and the lightness here. But again, we probably want to stay away from lightness. But we can colorize the image very quickly by checking this check box. But what, I want to do here is make the background green. And this light blue, and make her a little bit more red. So what I can do is, from this drop-down choose one of these different categories, such as Cyan. So like this kind of looks cyan to me, so I'm going to choose to adjust only Cyans. And I can adjust the Hue until we get the green color we're looking for, and I want to bump up the saturation.

And you notice that the farther away from the natural color that we go. Then the more that this color here tends to break up and kind of get noisy and, and not look so great. So be careful about that, but just for purposes of demonstration, I'm gona allow that for right now. Now I want to adjust this little splotch of color here. I want to make this blue, and right not it's kind of a lavender purple. But we're not seeing lavender purple as a choice here in this drop down. So there's a great solution here, we can click this little icon, and then come over to a given area. And if we hold down the Cmd key on the Mac, or the Ctrl key on the PC, we can click, and then scrub to adjust the Hue.

So I can click and drag this to the left until this becomes a little bit more blue, and we've done that very easily. I can do the same thing here. This is red to my eyes, but Photoshop might not see it as red. So I could just Ctrl or Cmd click on that skin tone. And drag to the left or right, and you can see now that I'm adjusting the Hue of just that color range. If I did not use the the Modifier key, if I did not use Cmd or Ctrl while I was clicking on that, then we would be adjusting the saturation of that color family, which actually works in this case.

So as again a clicking this Eye icon we can see the before and the after. So we've taken this kind of mess of colors and given those colors some some definition. Again we've introduced a lot of noise and digital garbage here. Because we've taken these colors a little bit farther away from their original colors than we should have. But the same time we actually made this kind of cool. So using Hue saturation is a great way to play color selectively without having to make any necessary selections, you just select the colors right here in Hue saturation.

Extremely convenient and one of the fastest ways to choose and adjust colors.

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Up and Running with Photoshop CS6

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  1. 1m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 59s
  2. 3m 7s
    1. Overview
      3m 7s
  3. 19m 26s
    1. Importing images from a camera
      4m 3s
    2. Using Adobe Bridge
      7m 10s
    3. Using Camera Raw
      5m 57s
    4. Opening images in Photoshop
      2m 16s
  4. 45m 18s
    1. Creating new documents
      3m 43s
    2. Interface overview
      5m 43s
    3. Navigating documents
      4m 58s
    4. Working with layers
      9m 33s
    5. Straightening images
      3m 15s
    6. Cropping images
      3m 54s
    7. Performing basic transformations
      5m 45s
    8. Moving and aligning objects
      8m 27s
  5. 8m 36s
    1. Understanding pixels
      2m 19s
    2. Understanding resolution
      4m 32s
    3. Saving your work
      1m 45s
  6. 23m 33s
    1. Understanding color modes
      3m 55s
    2. Using adjustment layers
      3m 35s
    3. Fixing problems automatically
      2m 36s
    4. Reading a histogram
      3m 40s
    5. Adjusting exposure (brightness)
      4m 27s
    6. Adjusting colors selectively
      5m 20s
  7. 31m 4s
    1. Intro to selecting
      4m 47s
    2. Making quick selections
      6m 45s
    3. Refining selections
      8m 26s
    4. Making a collage
      11m 6s
  8. 11m 46s
    1. Removing small problems
      2m 4s
    2. Fixing bigger problems
      6m 39s
    3. Intelligently scaling an object
      3m 3s
  9. 12m 33s
    1. Creating Smart Objects
      5m 13s
    2. Applying effects
      5m 1s
    3. Adjusting applied effects
      2m 19s
  10. 26m 30s
    1. Creating text
      5m 47s
    2. Editing text
      8m 30s
    3. Using layer styles
      5m 54s
    4. Creating graphic design elements
      6m 19s
  11. 31m 14s
    1. Painting
      9m 54s
    2. Customizing brushes
      9m 44s
    3. Creating vector shapes
      11m 36s
  12. 14m 51s
    1. Understanding file formats
      3m 46s
    2. Saving for the web
      7m 6s
    3. Printing from Photoshop
      3m 59s

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