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In this Photoshop for Designers course, Nigel French focuses on the tools and features in Photoshop designed for choosing, applying, and editing color. The course looks at concepts such as the color wheel and color harmonies as well as the practicalities of using the Color Picker, leveraging the power of color channels, and the characteristics of different color modes in Photoshop. The course includes exercises on correcting color, enhancing color, shifting and replacing colors, working with spot color channels, hand coloring black and white images, and designing with a reduced color palette.
Here I'm going to demonstrate the very simple, very effective technique of combining color and black- and-white in the same image. Here, I want my flower to be in color, everything else to be in black-and-white. I have a Black & White adjustment layer, on that Black & White adjustment layer is a layer mask, turn it on, the background comes black-and-white. So, how do we get that? I'm going to now select the background layer and I'm going to come to the Select menu and choose Color Range and in Color Range I'm going to sample the colors of the flower.
So, I'm using my eyedropper tool, clicking on the petals I'm holding down the Shift key to build up that selection, which is being displayed here in the Color Range dialog box. The white areas are the areas that will -- as soon as I leave this be the selected areas. So, I want to get as solid a white selection as I possibly can without bleeding out or over into the background as I did with that last step there.
So, I'm going to undo that and I'm going to increase my Fuzziness, just the fraction and then click OK. There's my selection and I'm now going to inverse that selection, because it's actually the background that I want to effect. So, Command+Shift or Ctrl+Shift+I and then I'll come and choose a Black & White adjustment layer. There's my result.
I can affect the contrast of the background if I want to by moving the sliders. Now, we got a red stop sign there, so if I want to move that red slider one way or the other, that's going to have a dramatic effect on the contrast, and possibly to, if I work with the blue slider, but essentially that is my end result. It's essentially a question of selecting the area that you want to be in color. Inversing that, so that you have the background selected and then applying a Black & White adjustment layer, your selection is used to mask the area that you want to be in color, and your result is a combination of color and black-and-white in the same image.
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