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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.
There is actually another way to make selections, and that is by targeting a specific color. What you can do is you can target a color and then build a selection based on color. It's really quite fascinating. Now, typically what you want to do is you want to select your Eyedropper tool first. So, I'll go ahead and do that by clicking on it in the Tools panel, or by pressing the Eye key. Next, we are going to hover over our image, and then we'll click on a color, for example, this red here on this red boat. Next, we navigate to the Select pulldown menu, and here we're going to choose Color Range.
Now, the interesting thing about Color Range is that because I selected on the red of the boat, you can see that it has made that selection and also some selections on other boats. Now, if your view doesn't look just like this, it could be because you have a different Selection Preview. I'll go ahead and change this to None. Then here you can see there is no selection been made here, at least visibly we can't tell. We can tell by the small graphic. Whatever is white is selected. Black is not selected. All right. Well, let's click Cancel out of this.
Let's go ahead with our Eyedropper. Click on the blue boat, and then navigate back to Select and choose Color Range. Now again, here what you are going to see is that for the most part just this blue boat is selected. Now, we can change what's selected a couple of different ways. We can dial in the Fuzziness here, and you can see that as I increase it, it's going to build out my selection a little bit. We can also click on the Plus Eyedropper icon, and then click in the image in order to add more colors to the selection. You can see that I'm slowly building this out from front to back.
At this point, we need to be a little bit careful where we are clicking just to make sure that we're just selecting the boat. Now, in my case, what's happened is is I've selected the boat, as well as some of the other background information here, where you can start to see that some of the other areas are now being affected in the background. I can change that with my Fuzziness slider, either to have more of it affected or to decrease that to have less of it affected. Now, it's really going to depend on what you're trying to accomplish here. So, I just want a subtle color change.
So, at this point, I think the selection is going to be okay. Just as a side note, you can preview this on different colors. Here it is on Black or Grayscale. In this case, we can view white, is what's selected, black isn't selected, or we could just choose None and really focus in on the small thumbnail here. Whatever your preference, lets go ahead and take a look at one more control. I am going to go back to the White Matte option. The other thing that we can do is adjust the Range of the selection, meaning how many of these blues are actually selected? Here, you can see it's decreasing them, or I can increase that color range reach.
So, what you are going to need to do is to modify these sliders just to get the right selection that will work for the task at hand. We'll go ahead and click OK here in order to activate that selection. Next, I am going to navigate to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation. At this point, I'll go ahead and change the Hue. Here, you can see that I am changing the color of this boat. I could swing this really one way or another. Let's say right about there could be fine. I'll click OK to apply that. Then press Command+D on a Mac, or Ctrl+D on a PC in order to deselect.
Now keep in mind that when working with Color Range, all we are trying to do is to make a selection. You don't always have to change color; rather, keep in mind that Color Range is simply about building a selection based on color.
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