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In Photoshop CS6 for Photographers, author, photographer, and teacher Chris Orwig explores Photoshop from the perspective of the photographer.
The course details the features and techniques behind enhancing and retouching photos, preparing them for print and online publishing, and much more. Chris demonstrates how to make basic edits in Camera Raw, develop and save color profiles, work with layers and selections, tone and sharpen, and retouch images while retaining their natural character.
Chris also shares some creative tips and project ideas, such as converting a photo to black-and-white and enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks. The course also covers workflow details, such as organizing images in Bridge and Mini Bridge, optimizing Photoshop preferences, and calibrating your monitor.
Next, we're going to take a look at how we can dial in some of our Photoshop Preferences. Let's go ahead and open up the Preference dialog. You can do so by pressing Command+K on a Mac or Ctrl+K on Windows, or you can just navigate to the Preference dialog. Here, what we're going to do is start off with working with the General Tab. Let's open up the Preference dialog. You'll notice on the left, we have different tabs. If we click on these tabs, it displays different preferences which we can then modify. Well, let's start off with General. What I want to focus in on here is our HUD Color Picker.
You're going to see this acronym in a number of different places and HUD stands for Heads-Up Display. Now, this gives us the ability to select color in a really fascinating way. Currently, you can see we have this option Hue Strip (Small). If we click on this pulldown menu, you can see that basically we have two options: Hue Strip or Hue Wheel. We have different sizes for both of these options. Let's choose Hue Strip (Medium) and let's see what that one looks like. Let's go ahead and click OK in order to close or to apply that preference and move back to our image.
With our image, we're going to use the Eye Dropper tool. You can select that tool by clicking on it here in the Tools panel. Now, the Eye Dropper tool is fascinating. What you can do is you can click and drag over your image. As I do that, it's showing me the different colors that I am sampling here. Well, let's say that rather than sampling a color from the image, what I want to do is I want to choose a color from this Heads-Up Display. In order to access or to initiate this display, we need to use a shortcut. On a Mac, you can Ctrl+Option+Command-click, on Windows, you can press Shift+Alt and then right-click.
Here, you can see I have the ability to choose a different color. I can also move over here to this and to change the color. Here, let's say I want to get a really bright red and then move over to this area, and I can select that. You can see it's updating the color over here, and also over here in my Tools panel. Let's say perhaps that we want to get an orange. Here, I could go ahead and bring this down to this area. I just want to try to find an orange which might look good with this particular photograph. And by doing that, by using that display, it just allows me to quickly sample or select the color.
Well, we first looked at this in this particular view. Let's change this Hue Heads-Up Display to the Wheel Perspective. We'll go back to our Preferences. We can do this by selecting the menu or using the shortcut. In this HUD Color Picker option, let's click on the pulldown menu, and this time let's choose this Hue Wheel. Let's choose the size of Medium. Here, we'll click OK. Once again, you can press that same shortcut. on a Mac, Ctrl+Option+Command-click. On Windows, Shift+Alt and then right-click.
Here, you can see I have the ability to select the color based on its saturation. Then we can also go to this Wheel and we can choose different colors here in this way. This just gives us another interesting and visual way to make selections in regards to colors. I also find that it's helpful to pay attention to the color that we're selecting over here. Because this is so bright and beautiful and colorful, it's kind of hard to focus in on what color we've actually selected. So I just like to look at those two places in order to really be sure or certain of what color I've selected.
Once you've selected the color, all that you have to do is to let go of that shortcut key, and it will go back to the normal tool. So here, you can see we can choose these different options in regards to our preferences and how we want to have this displayed. You want to choose the HUD Color Picker which you think will make most sense to you. Then again, you want to choose the appropriate size. Now, the size really depends upon the resolution of your monitor. If you have a higher resolution monitor, well, then choose a larger size. If you have a smaller resolution monitor, or maybe you're working on a laptop, well, then it may be more advantageous to choose one of these smaller sizes.
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