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Working with color can be an amazing journey, and in Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Creative Color, Brooks Institute of Photography professor Chris Orwig teaches a different way to create great color in photographs. Chris goes beyond the basics by showing how color can have a profound effect on a photograph's impact. He demonstrates adjusting color and tone to make images more vivid, changing colors, working with color saturation, cross processing, and more. The course culminates with real-world projects that utilize the techniques Chris has shown for creating intriguing and beautiful color photographs. Exercise files accompany the course.
So far, we have gone through a number of different techniques where we have used Color Range in order to create a selection. Well, there are times when you just don't need to use Color Range. Sometimes it's quicker to just make a selection simply by painting in the adjustment on the mask. That's what we are going to look at here. All right, well, here we have our before and after. Here is before and then after. A little bit of a re-touching there. We will zoom in a little bit more. Again, just real simple before and after. Okay, so far so good. Well, the next thing I am going to do is work on this color that I am noticing up here. So I will click on the Adjustment Layer icon, make a significant adjustment change here, just try to find when it looks kind of interesting. And then go to my Mask icon and choose Invert.
All right, now none of that adjustment is coming through. Okay, so I will go ahead and choose white in my foreground color there, grab the Brush tool. And now that I have the Brush tool, I am going to go ahead and create a nice soft edged brush, painting about 50% Opacity. All that I am interested in doing here is slowly building up this color adjustment. Now a lot of times when you are bringing in a little bit of color, you want to go about it doing this slowly so that you don't make any mistakes but of course, if you ever make any mistakes, you can always undo them. Again, I am just going to go ahead and paint along these areas where I am seeing this makeup color because I want to shift this color. I also want to have a little bit of flexibility to bring in some different colors.
So again, just painting a little bit on here, go out to the edges there, perhaps, extend that even a little bit more, and we can control the overall shape of that. Again, just some subtle brush strokes there. Zoom out just a little bit so we can see how we are doing, great. Double click the icon for Hue/Saturation and here we just have so much flexibility, right. We can continually change this. Here is our before and then after. We can find the sweet spot for this particular adjustment, or for that matter, we can simply increase the color Saturation, or we can shift it to a completely different color and also change its color Saturation.
So there is quite a bit of flexibility in regards to changing color using this particular technique. And with this movie, all that I wanted to do was just to remind you that you don't always need to use Color Range. Sometimes like with this particular case, using Color Range would actually take more time. All that we needed to do was to create a layer, start painting in the adjustment, and voila! We are done.
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