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Changing color

From: Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6

Video: Changing color

Just for the fun of it, and just in order to learn how to work with the Adjustment Brush more effectively, let's take a look at how we could change a color in one of our photographs. For example, let's say that with this image what we want to do is change the color of the shirt. What we can do here is press the K key to select the Adjustment Brush. Next, we want to go ahead and turn on Auto Mask. That will enable this so that it's just working on a particular area. We also want to show our Mask. That will show us the area we're painting on. In this case, I'm simply going to choose a negative Saturation amount.

Changing color

Just for the fun of it, and just in order to learn how to work with the Adjustment Brush more effectively, let's take a look at how we could change a color in one of our photographs. For example, let's say that with this image what we want to do is change the color of the shirt. What we can do here is press the K key to select the Adjustment Brush. Next, we want to go ahead and turn on Auto Mask. That will enable this so that it's just working on a particular area. We also want to show our Mask. That will show us the area we're painting on. In this case, I'm simply going to choose a negative Saturation amount.

This amount won't really matter right now, because the Mask is going to cover over any effects that we dial in up here. We can then go back and change that later. All right. Well, let's lower our Feather Amount, Flow, we can leave nice and high. I'll go ahead and make my brush just a little bit bigger here, and I'm going to simply paint around the image. I'm just really paying attention to the Crosshairs, and making sure the Crosshairs are covering over the important content in this image. Now, as I make my way through this image, I'm also being careful to not select anything else.

So, I'll go ahead and make my brush smaller to get into the small little details around here. I also want the collar there and a couple of other little areas, then we could fix this up more if we wanted to take a bit more time, but for the most part that looks okay. Well, the next step of course is going to be to turn off that Mask, which is currently green. So, we can hide the Mask by pressing the Y key. Now, once I do that, I don't see much of an effect. It's really just a little bit of desaturation. So, if I click and drag this you can now see that I'm really just targeting that blue shirt.

But what if I want to change the color here? Well, one thing we could do is we could lower Saturation, and then we could choose a new color. We'll go ahead and click on this color chip here, and in this Color Picker, I'm going to go ahead and click on a new color. Let's say that I want to convert this to a nice, deep red. When I go over to my reds, all I'm seeing is something which looks like pink. That's really not going to work here for this image. Well, how can I get a deeper or a darker color? What I would need to do would be to click OK.

Then I would have to go to one of my other controls, like Exposure, or Contrast. And here you can see as I control the Luminance value of this area, I can really change the overall tone or color one way or another. So, I'll go ahead and make this nice and deep, maybe increase the Contrast a little bit there as well. Now, at this juncture, I notice that there are a few areas of my Mask which need to be cleaned up, so I'll just go ahead and paint over those areas. And the nice thing about this Mask is it's incredibly dynamic, and we can add to it, or erase from it as needed.

So, I'm just going to sweeten up a few of these little edges here. And now we have successfully changed the color of this shirt in a really short amount of time. Well, let's take a look at the Before and after. We'll press the P key. Here we have Before. Press again. There we have after. Now, I know that we're not necessarily going to be changing colors a lot using Adobe Camera Raw, yet I feel like there are a couple of important principles here. And one of the principles is that Color and also Brightness value are intimately related.

We have this huge range from this deep red all the way up to something like this, this bright pink. In this case, we're going for something a little bit more realistic, and this nice dark red looks good. The other thing that I want to illustrate is that we can begin to make selections in some pretty powerful ways. And sometimes we'll make a selection to do something dramatic, like color change. Other times it may simply be that what we want to do is reset all of these controls here, and all that we need, or all that the client needs, is for us to add a little bit of Clarity.

So I'll go ahead and go down to my color chip, turn that option off, and here, I'm simply going to add some Clarity, some Midtone Contrast, a little bit of Sharpness, so that that garment looks that much better. So just keep in mind that with the Adjustment Brush you can paint in so many different types of adjustments. And in addition, keep in mind that sometimes by combining these different controls together, it can then lead to some interesting results.

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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Camera Raw 6

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  1. 8m 57s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. Should I use Adobe Camera Raw or Photoshop?
      3m 22s
    3. What is Camera Raw?
      3m 45s
    4. Using the exercise files
      56s
  2. 21m 7s
    1. Bridge overview and preferences
      4m 9s
    2. Camera Raw preferences
      3m 17s
    3. Raw vs. JPG or TIFF files
      3m 5s
    4. Choosing a native raw file or a digital negative (DNG)
      6m 13s
    5. Converting or saving to the DNG format
      4m 23s
  3. 28m 44s
    1. Project overview: Cover photo shoot
      2m 6s
    2. Auto-toning and correcting white balance
      3m 3s
    3. Cropping and composing
      2m 35s
    4. Enhancing color and tone
      2m 39s
    5. Removing distractions
      2m 46s
    6. Sharpening and noise reduction
      2m 29s
    7. Converting to black and white
      2m 24s
    8. Adding a vignette
      2m 10s
    9. Making a localized correction
      1m 45s
    10. Creating snapshots of memorable looks
      3m 11s
    11. Re-editing Camera Raw settings
      57s
    12. Working with multiple adjustments
      2m 39s
  4. 16m 13s
    1. Navigating the interface and the toolbar
      5m 5s
    2. Image adjustment tabs and panels
      5m 8s
    3. Using the histogram
      2m 4s
    4. Previewing before and after different adjustments
      2m 4s
    5. Working with multiple files
      1m 52s
  5. 23m 17s
    1. Opening raw files in Bridge
      6m 3s
    2. Opening JPGs and TIFFs in Bridge
      3m 28s
    3. Accessing Camera Raw from Mini Bridge
      2m 57s
    4. Resizing in Camera Raw with workflow options
      3m 35s
    5. Saving from Camera Raw
      3m 5s
    6. Opening an image as a Smart Object
      1m 41s
    7. Creating a duplicate file
      2m 28s
  6. 13m 56s
    1. Using the Crop and Straighten tools
      2m 23s
    2. Working with the Crop tool
      3m 39s
    3. Cropping with an aspect ratio
      2m 26s
    4. Composing with the Crop tool
      2m 33s
    5. Creative cropping
      2m 55s
  7. 10m 29s
    1. Improving color balance
      2m 23s
    2. Using the White Balance tool and controls
      1m 35s
    3. Color correcting with white balance cards
      2m 31s
    4. White balance vision and creativity
      2m 22s
    5. Color balance resources
      1m 38s
  8. 30m 17s
    1. Deconstructing the basic adjustments
      3m 59s
    2. Recovering highlights
      2m 29s
    3. Making basic exposure enhancements
      1m 59s
    4. Making basic adjustments more quickly
      2m 18s
    5. The relationship between tone and color
      2m 40s
    6. Enhancing color and tone
      1m 9s
    7. Demystifying clarity
      3m 36s
    8. Increasing clarity
      3m 48s
    9. Understanding Vibrance and Saturation
      2m 28s
    10. Improving color with Vibrance
      2m 4s
    11. Using Vibrance and Saturation together
      1m 38s
    12. Color creativity
      2m 9s
  9. 8m 55s
    1. Learning about the parametric and point tone curves
      4m 53s
    2. Using the parametric curve
      2m 7s
    3. Using the point curve
      1m 55s
  10. 15m 29s
    1. Removing blemishes on a face
      4m 36s
    2. Cloning away small background distractions
      3m 37s
    3. Removing distracting background elements
      1m 55s
    4. Cleaning up a studio background
      1m 31s
    5. Removing dust on the lens or the camera sensor
      2m 25s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 25s
  11. 46m 13s
    1. Demystifying the Adjustment Brush
      3m 37s
    2. Correcting exposure by brightening shadows
      2m 23s
    3. Painting an effect into a photograph
      4m 41s
    4. Increasing visual interest by brightening shadows
      4m 3s
    5. Increasing visual interest by heightening saturation
      5m 0s
    6. Whitening teeth
      3m 33s
    7. Adding color to makeup
      5m 58s
    8. Changing color
      4m 12s
    9. Selective sharpening
      6m 8s
    10. Eye sharpening and skin smoothing workflow
      4m 28s
    11. Creating custom Adjustment Brush presets
      2m 10s
  12. 11m 33s
    1. Enhancing the foreground and background of an image with the Graduated Filter
      4m 55s
    2. Reducing exposure with the Graduated Filter
      3m 15s
    3. Creative effects with the Graduated Filter
      3m 23s
  13. 33m 26s
    1. Noise reduction
      6m 33s
    2. Reducing noise and sharpening
      6m 36s
    3. Sharpening more effectively
      7m 18s
    4. Edge sharpening in an architectural photograph
      3m 1s
    5. Sharpening a portrait
      2m 3s
    6. Using the Detail panel to soften skin
      7m 55s
  14. 16m 18s
    1. Introducing HSL
      3m 38s
    2. Modifying color and tone
      3m 52s
    3. Enhancing a fashion photograph
      3m 5s
    4. Enhancing color and tone with HSL
      3m 16s
    5. Getting creative with color
      2m 27s
  15. 13m 59s
    1. The black-and-white controls
      2m 43s
    2. A simple black-and-white conversion
      2m 5s
    3. Using multiple panels to create a black-and-white image
      3m 52s
    4. Creating a dramatic black-and-white landscape
      5m 19s
  16. 6m 40s
    1. Traditional black-and-white toning
      3m 26s
    2. Toning a color photo creatively
      3m 14s
  17. 11m 17s
    1. Deconstructing the Lens Correction controls
      3m 48s
    2. Correcting lens vignette
      1m 59s
    3. Correcting lens vignette more quickly
      1m 21s
    4. Correcting chromatic aberration and defringing
      4m 9s
  18. 16m 30s
    1. Understanding the Effects controls
      5m 54s
    2. Using the Post Crop Vignette for creative effects
      3m 23s
    3. Adding film grain to a black-and-white image
      2m 18s
    4. Adding film grain with Camera Raw and Photoshop
      4m 55s
  19. 14m 4s
    1. Introducing the Camera Calibration panel
      3m 39s
    2. Comparing color options with Snapshot
      2m 47s
    3. Creative color with the Camera Calibration controls
      4m 48s
    4. Camera Calibration resources
      2m 50s
  20. 9m 41s
    1. Introducing presets
      2m 27s
    2. Applying presets to multiple images
      3m 9s
    3. Preset resources
      4m 5s
  21. 10m 0s
    1. Quick raw processing of multiple files
      4m 38s
    2. Recording an action
      3m 15s
    3. Batch processing multiple images
      2m 7s
  22. 13m 52s
    1. Creative vivid color
      3m 30s
    2. Working with split toning
      2m 14s
    3. Applying soft and warm colors
      1m 25s
    4. Adding warm, muted colors
      2m 28s
    5. Adding and reducing false color
      4m 15s
  23. 7m 58s
    1. Additional resources
      3m 11s
    2. Camera Raw and Lightroom
      4m 19s
    3. Goodbye
      28s

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