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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.
Camera roll offer us some very useful options for saturating and de-saturating our images. Here I'm going to create a color accent and have the bike be at its current saturation, but desaturate everything else to really focus attention on the bike. And for this, in the camera roll plug-in I can come to this section HSL/Grayscale, Hue, Saturation, Luminance, and then I want to click on the Saturation tab, and basically I just want to dial down the saturation for everything, except the purples.
Now I can use this tool up here which is my Targeted Adjustment and if I come and choose that and then click on the bike itself. We see that when I drag to the right to increase the saturation, it's the purples and the magentas that make up the colors of the bike. So I'm going leave those two alone and I may even saturate it a little bit more, but all of the rest, will be moved all the way to the left, one by one, and there is our end result.
Now wasn't that incredibly easy? So easy it feels like cheating. We may notice that we have some slight reminisce of purple and magenta up here on the bridge and if you do need to mask out distracting colors, then you can do that with the adjustment brush and this is what we would use to make local adjustments. Basically the camera roll equivalent of printing on a layer mask. I'm going to make my brush smaller by pressing the left bracket and then I'm going to set my exposure options for the brush to desaturate and then I can just paint over that area like so, and those colors will go away.
I'm now going to return to my standard Exposure tools, just click on the hand and it'll take me back to my standard toolset. As a tip, if you see yourself doing this a lot of times in camera roll, you might want to make yourself a preset, so that you start out with all of your colors de-saturated and then you can just selectively saturate whatever is the key color in the image. So to do that if you come over to your HSL options, then take all of the sliders down and you can come to the Presets button, click on that, create a new one, I'm going to call Desat all colors, and then you get to choose which of the settings you're actually going to capture, and I only want the HSL Adjustment, so I'm going to choose that as the subset, and we have only that checked, click OK.
So then when you open up camera roll, you can apply the preset to the image, and selectively re-saturates the key colors in the image.
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