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Applying a Selective Color adjustment

From: Photoshop CS4: Image Adjustments in Depth

Video: Applying a Selective Color adjustment

The Selective Color adjustment was designed for use in a high-end print shop in order to control the amounts of process colors or CMYK colors in the primary colors in an image. But the still reason that you can't use the Selective Color adjustment to tweak the colors in your own photographs. I'm going to apply a Selective Color adjustment layer by going to the Adjustments panel and clicking the Selective Color icon. That adds this Selective Color adjustment layer in the Layers panel. Up here I have the controls for Selective Color. The first stop here is the Colors menu. If I select Reds here, then whatever changes I make to the cyan, magenta, yellow and black sliders will affect only the reds in the image. In other words these should affect only the Life Preserver and not the ocean behind.

Applying a Selective Color adjustment

The Selective Color adjustment was designed for use in a high-end print shop in order to control the amounts of process colors or CMYK colors in the primary colors in an image. But the still reason that you can't use the Selective Color adjustment to tweak the colors in your own photographs. I'm going to apply a Selective Color adjustment layer by going to the Adjustments panel and clicking the Selective Color icon. That adds this Selective Color adjustment layer in the Layers panel. Up here I have the controls for Selective Color. The first stop here is the Colors menu. If I select Reds here, then whatever changes I make to the cyan, magenta, yellow and black sliders will affect only the reds in the image. In other words these should affect only the Life Preserver and not the ocean behind.

So for example if I go to the Black slider and I drag that to the right, I'll be deepening the red and if I drag that slider to the left reducing the amount of black, I'll be moving toward pink. If I go somewhere in the middle, I've changed the reds to more of an orange. I might try adding some yellow and the other sliders all work the same way. Either adding or subtracting color from whichever color is listed here in the Colors menu. So if I wanted to change the color of the ocean and sky, I'll go to the Colors menu and I'll choose Blues. If I'd like to deepen the color of the ocean, I'll go to the Black slider and move it to the right. If I want to increase the amount of blue, I'll go to the Yellow slider because I know that blue is the opposite of yellow on the color wheel. So I'll drag that Yellow slider to the left, reducing the amount of yellow and adding some blue to the ocean and the sky.

Now to see where I started and where I ended up, I'll go down to the Previous State icon at the bottom of the Adjustments panel and I'll click and hold that. So you can see that I've changed both the reds in the image and the blues.

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Photoshop CS4: Image Adjustments in Depth

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Jan Kabili
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  1. 5m 39s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      59s
    3. Setting up a workspace
      3m 22s
  2. 21m 2s
    1. Creating and editing adjustment layers
      6m 38s
    2. Adjustment layers vs. direct adjustments
      6m 9s
    3. Using the new Adjustments panel
      5m 38s
    4. Reusing adjustment layers
      2m 37s
  3. 39m 57s
    1. Clipping adjustment layers
      4m 36s
    2. Including adjustment layers in a layer group
      3m 13s
    3. Including adjustment layers in a Smart Object
      7m 29s
    4. Using the adjustment layer mask
      5m 43s
    5. Using selections with adjustment layers
      4m 19s
    6. Using the Masks panel with adjustment layers
      8m 30s
    7. Using the Blend If sliders with adjustment layers
      6m 7s
  4. 49m 43s
    1. Reading the Histogram panel
      5m 23s
    2. Using the Levels adjustment for tonal corrections
      7m 42s
    3. Using the Curves adjustment for exposure
      8m 12s
    4. Using the Curves adjustment for contrast
      4m 14s
    5. Making On-Click Curves adjustments
      4m 0s
    6. Applying Shadow/Highlight nondestructively
      7m 59s
    7. Reviewing Brightness/Contrast
      3m 18s
    8. Dealing with exposure
      2m 22s
    9. Using adjustment layers with blend modes
      6m 33s
  5. 54m 36s
    1. Making Vibrance adjustments
      2m 22s
    2. Using Hue/Saturation adjustments
      7m 4s
    3. Understanding color correction
      3m 21s
    4. Using color samplers and the Info panel
      4m 25s
    5. Using Levels eyedroppers for color correction
      5m 54s
    6. Using Levels channels for color correction
      5m 7s
    7. Understanding Curves adjustments for color correction
      7m 21s
    8. Making Color Balance adjustments
      3m 49s
    9. Making Photo Filter adjustments
      3m 6s
    10. Making Variations adjustments
      6m 48s
    11. Using the auto-correction features
      5m 19s
  6. 13m 5s
    1. Using the Dodge and Burn tools
      4m 56s
    2. Dodging and burning nondestructively
      6m 38s
    3. Working with the Red-Eye tool
      1m 31s
  7. 16m 9s
    1. Applying Black & White adjustments
      7m 30s
    2. Making Channel Mixer adjustments
      6m 31s
    3. Understanding the Threshold adjustment
      2m 8s
  8. 25m 23s
    1. Colorizing with Hue/Saturation adjustments
      3m 9s
    2. Tinting with Black & White adjustments
      2m 8s
    3. Making a Gradient Map adjustment
      4m 18s
    4. Applying a Selective Color adjustment
      1m 49s
    5. Using the Replace Color adjustment
      4m 39s
    6. Making Match Color adjustments
      4m 24s
    7. Applying the Equalize adjustment
      4m 56s
  9. 42s
    1. Goodbye
      42s

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