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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers provides comprehensive Photoshop training targeting the needs of photographers. In this course, author Chris Orwig demonstrates the fundamental skills used to enhance digital photos, including managing and correcting color, sharpening, making selections and adjustments, retouching, and printing from Photoshop. In addition to teaching the techniques that enable photographers to refine and publish their photos, the course includes live-action segments that encourage thinking photographically and shooting with Photoshop’s capabilities in mind. Exercise files are included with the course.
Before we begin to work in Photoshop, it's a good idea to define some of our preferences. So let's go ahead and begin to do that. On a Mac, you can navigate to your preferences by going to your Photoshop pulldown menu and then choosing Preferences and General. On a PC, you can find the same thing in the Edit pulldown menu. All right. Well, let's go ahead and open up our Preferences dialog. Well, the first thing that I want to focus in on is the HUD Color Picker. HUD stands for Heads Up Display.
We have a couple of different options. If we click on this pulldown menu, we can either choose between Hue Strip or Hue Wheel, and then we have a couple of different sizes for these different color pickers. Well, let's leave it on the default, Hue Strip, and take a look at how this works. Click OK. Next, we need to select the Brush tool. You can do so by pressing the B key or by clicking on this icon here in your Tools panel. Once you have selected that tool, we need to press a shortcut in order to activate this particular color picker.
On a Mac, the shortcut is Ctrl+ Option+Command and then Click. When you click, you have to press the mouse button and hold. On a PC, you can do the same thing by pressing Shift+Alt and then Right-Click. Now, how this works is you hover over the color and then you can also change the overall color selection here. We can affect the Brightness. Here you can see I am selecting a different brightness amount and then go ahead and make a different color selection.
Now, once I found the color that I want to work on, I simply let go of the mouse button, and here you can see that that color is updated in my color picker. All right. Well, let's take a look at the other option. Navigate back to your preferences. And you can do so on a Mac by going to Photoshop > Preferences and then General. On a PC, you can do the same thing in the Edit menu. The other Heads Up Display color picker is called the Hue Wheel. Well, let's select that option and then go ahead and click OK. Well, now when I press the same shortcut, remember that one on a Mac, Ctrl+Option+Command and Click, on a PC, that's Shift+Alt+Right-Click, here you can see we have yet another way to make a selection of color.
I can choose a color, and then I can also go into this wheel and you can see how I am selecting a different type of a color. Then I can hover over and determine the brightness of that color. So I am going to go ahead and make a selection, let's say, right there. Let go off the mouse button and once again the color picker is updated. So now you see that that color shows up in the color picker, so that I can begin to use that color with my Brush tool.
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