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The third part of the popular and comprehensive series Photoshop CS6 One-on-One follows industry pro Deke McClelland as he plunges into the inner workings of Adobe Photoshop. He shows how to adjust your color, interface, and performance settings to get the best out of your images and the most out of Photoshop, and explores the power of Smart Objects, Shadows/Highlights, and Curves for making subtle, nondestructive adjustments. The course dives into Camera Raw to experiment with the editing toolset there, and returns to Photoshop to discuss toning, blur, and blend modes. Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details and reducing noise, as well as creating quick and accurate selections with Quick Mask, Color Range, and Refine Edge commands.
Starting in this chapter, and continuing until the end of the course, we will be expending every bit of our energy on Photoshop's advanced selection tools, starting with a command called Color Range. Remember the Magic Wand? Sure you do. Everyone knows the wand. Problem is, while it's easy to use, it delivers amateur results. Adobe knew this very early on. So a long, long time ago -- we are talking there early 1990s -- they created a feature to replace the Magic Wand, only they buried it, and they gave it a weird name: Color Range, like it's some kind of ranch with colorful cattle.
It's as if Adobe purposely made it so no one would find it. No one, except you. You use the command just like the Magic Wand. You click any image to select colors; ranges of colors, so I guess it's a great name. But see, the unlike the Wand, Color Range makes its changes dynamically, and it shows you a preview of what it's up to, and it renders its selections organically into the image. It rocks! I'll also show you the Quick Mask mode, which lets you edit a selection using brushes.
This is good stuff. All you have to do is keep watching.
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