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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.
Some images are crying out not for more color, but for less, and I think that's the case with this image, all of these disused gas pumps on Route 66 in New Mexico, and I'm going to desaturate this image and you'll see that by doing so it takes on an instant nostalgic feel. Again, I'm going to do it with the Hue/ Saturation adjustment layer, take down the Saturation slider. Now that maybe all we need to do, but I'm going to go a couple of steps further. In addition to this, I'm also going to shift the colors to simulate what might happen to colors over a period of time in an old snapshot, and I'm going to do this using the Color Balance tool, and as I mentioned in a previous movie, I like using Color Balance when we don't need to be numerically accurate about that colors, but when we can just slide them around and kind of see where we end up, and I'm going to move towards magenta and yellow in the midtone values.
So it looks like our colors have shifted, this image is going to left out in the sun and let's take it a step further, let's add some grain to the image, because the pixels are a little bit too perfect looking and I'm going to Convert for Smart Filters, so I can do this nondestructively and then from under the Filter menu Artistic > Film Grain and add just a very small amount of film grain.
Now we can only really see that when we view the image at 100%, I'm just double clicking on my zoom to go to 100 %, trying to fit in window view. So now let's see, we've started here, and we've desaturated, we've shifted the colors, and we've added some grain, and we now have I think, a more interesting image.
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