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Creative Cloud delivers the latest Photoshop updates right to your computer, but how do you stay on top of all these new features and integrate them into your digital workflows? Chris Orwig is here to provide a photocentric guide to Adobe's updates, adding new chapters every time changes are released. To start, Chris covers correcting with Focus Area and explores the Content-Aware tool changes, the Path Blur filter, and the improved Layer Comps workflow, as well as updates to Camera Raw. Check back often for new tutorials.
In this movie, let's continue our conversation about how we can use focus area to build selections of those areas of our photographs which are sharp or in focus. And in this movie, I want to do a small project where we create a selection and refine and improve the selection, and then look at how we can use that to modify color and tone. You'll notice that the color in the image is a bit off. These are a couple of friends I photographed down at the beach, and the color on them is a bit too green or cyan.
Let's fix that. So here we'll do that by navigating to select, and then we'll go to focus area. Again that's select then focus area. This will open up our focus area dialog. In this dialog, one of the things you'll often want to do is change your view mode, in order to get a view mode which reveals problems. Here let's try different view modes. Transparency might be helpful. Sometimes seeing the mask, or seeing it on a dark tone can be helpful. Let's try on white for this image, just to have something different.
Well here, right away, I notice just a few problems. One, it cut off some of her hair, and two, a little bit of her sweater, and then three, it brought in an area which isn't in focus at all, the beach in the background. Well, how can we work with this or improve this, we can try using the slider say we want to increase the in focus range we drag this to the right hopefully it will add more of the head to the selection. But it didn't really do it, we keep dragging this over and we keep trying to fine tune this but often this won't be enough.
So what we will need to use our brushes. To add or subtract from the selected area. We have two. One which allows us to add. One which allows us to subtract. Let's use a subtraction one first. We can change the brush size by changing this slider value here. And we'll just click and drag over this in order to subtract this from this part of the image. The little beach area down there. Then let's zoom in. Press Cmd+plus on a mac, Ctrl+plus on windows and let's use the brush with the plus icon.
You know, I know there's a little bit of her sweater right here to which it cut off so I'm going to go ahead and paint over that and see if I can't get a little bit more that. Good. Press the spacebar key. Click and drag over here. Gosh, it cut off a lot of her hair, gave her a haircut there, which didn't really look very good so let's go ahead and paint over that. And you know, when it comes to hair masking and having a little bit of transparency, what we'll need to do is go to refinage to make that look even better. Yeah, you can see we're bringing back a bit more of the hair.
Oops. I brought in a bit of the beach. I made a mistake, so I'll grab the other brush which has a minus icon and I'll just paint a little bit of that away. Again, we won't get it perfect but we want to roughly have the area in or out that we want to have selected. Lets move down to the sweater over here and use the brush with the plus icon and paint over this part. And it looks like I painted over a little bit of the beach there so I may need to go back with the brush with the minus icon. it's a bit of back and forth but all of this back and forth detail work is really worth it because it will help you build up a selection which will be much more functional in a few minutes.
Okay, let's zoom out, press Cmd+Minus to do that. This allows us to see more of the image. Space key, press that, and it gives you access to the hand tool so you can move the photograph around. The next step is to go to refine edge, before you do that though, make sure soften edge is checked on. Again, in most scenarios, you'll want to have that turned on unless you have really rigid and exact edges. With a photograph of people, you wont have edges like that, so you want soften edge turned on to smooth out those edges a little bit.
Next go to refine edge, which will open up our refine edge dialogue, here we'll turn on smart radius and increase that value which will improve our edge detail. Let's zoom in a little bit so you can see how the edge detail is being improved. Sometimes as I work with these these controls I like to turn on this preview here, this shows your original and then click it again and it shows you the results after you've done some work with your sliders. At least on my monitor, it's looking a lot better.
And a little bit of feather, maybe a touch of contrast, shift that edge in. What about the hair? When it comes to hair, this tool is really helpful. Refine radius. What you can do is just paint over those areas and it will help Photoshop that it needs a bit of transparency there. We can do that over here rather than see in the background. I'll go ahead and paint over that. You can see that we can sort of see through the hair a little bit more. Then again you can just paint over that, and its really helpful with hair masking. Alright, well after we've refined our edges, the next step is to output this.
And here we're going to begin by outputting this to a simple selection. Go ahead and click, Ok. And that will output this to a selection where we have some marching ants. Now if we zoom out, we can see we have a decent selection of our subjects here. Now we can modify this part of the photograph. Remember I said I want to make two modifications. The first one is color. I want to correct the color. I, I don't like the green or cyan cast we have here, so. We'll click on our adjustment layer icon for color balance.
This is a tool which is really intuitive. It's easy to use because the sliders are color coded. So, if we have too much green or, or cyan, just drag that slider to the right a little bit there. Maybe add a little bit of magenta. Maybe a touch of yellow. If you want to target different total regions click on this pull down menu and go onto your shadows and may be we will add a little bit yellow that didn't look very good. Maybe just a touch maybe it's a little bit of red that we need there we go, I think that looks better and we can go back to our mid tones here and to bring my reds down a little bit.
And perhaps right in this range. And the color's looking a little bit nicer. And if we click on the eye icon, you can see here's our before, and then now the after. And how we've color corrected just this area of the photograph. Now once you make one correction like this, you may decide, you know what? I also want to change the brightness. Or, I want to change something else about this area. How can we reuse, the selection which we built which we spent all that time on working in focus area and refine edge.
Well we can reuse this, really easily. All that you need to know is a handy shortcut. Hold on command on Mac, control on Windows, and click on the mask. What that will do is it will reactivate it as a selection. So commander control click the mask then click on the adjustment that you want to apply. Say curse, you will click on the curse adjustment layer and then we will click and drag this up in order to brighten this area a little bit more. If every you want to go back and make a change to one of your underline adjustments just click on that adjustments.
And what we can do is modify this maybe want to bring in a little bit more red into the image we can do that and just customise that. And now we have created two adjustments based on that selection which we originally built with focus area unrefined edge. Let's take a look at the results to do that click and drag across the I, icons. Here is the before image. The original photograph, and then, here is the after.
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