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Learning how to use Adobe Photoshop efficiently and effectively is the best way to get the most out of your pixels and create stunning imagery. Master the fundamentals of this program with Julieanne Kost, and discover how to achieve the results you want with Photoshop and its companion programs, Bridge and Camera Raw. This comprehensive course covers nondestructive editing techniques using layers, masking, adjustment layers, blend modes, and Smart Objects. Find out how to perform common editing tasks, including lens correction, cropping and straightening, color and tonal adjustments, noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, sharpening, and retouching. Julieanne also shows how to achieve more creative effects with filters, layer effects, illustrative type, and the Photomerge command for creating panoramas and composites.
Another great way that you can make selections in Photoshop is under the Select menu with Color Range. As you can see, you can select a variety of different things including color ranges, but also, you can select different aspects of tonal ranges, skin tones, and whether or not images are out of gamut. If I begin by simply choosing the yellow color range, then I don't have a lot of controls. So instead, I'm going to choose Sampled Colors. I want to select the moss in the foreground here, and although some of it is yellow, you'll notice that other areas are green.
If I simply click in different areas though, every time I click, the new selection based on wherever I click will overwrite the old one. In order to add to my selection, I can hold down the Shift key, you'll notice that the icon gets a little plus next to it. Now I can click and drag in order to increase the number of colors that are selected. If I go too far and select a color that I don't want, I can hold down the Option key or the Alt key. I get a minus sign and now I can subtract that color range from my selection.
Every time that I click, you can see that my selection is updated in my image preview right here. If I want to see the photograph itself, we can click to Image, but I'm going to leave it on Selection. If I want to preview the selection in the image area, then I have a variety of different ways, including Grayscale, Black or White matte, and we can also select Quick Mask. So here, we can quickly see that everywhere that is red is not going to be affected. It is not selected. And everywhere in my image that's visible will be selected.
If I want to refine the fuzziness of the selection, I can use this slider. You can see that Photoshop is expanding the selection based on similar colors to those which I've already selected. If I want to narrow down my selection, I just move the Fuzziness the other way. For now, I'll turn off the Selection preview in the image area, and then we'll click OK. With this resulting selection, I can now choose to do anything. For example, if I wanted to make the moss more vibrant, I could add a Vibrance adjustment layer, and then increase either the Vibrance or the Saturation.
If I find that the edges are a little bit rough, meaning that I can tell the areas that are adjusted versus those that are not, I could move over to the Masks area in the Properties panel and add a slight feather. Now I want to show you another very unique use of the Color Range selection. In this case, what I'm going to do is I'm going to add a Black & White adjustment layer before I use the Selection tool. Now, I'll just leave it as its default and close the Properties panel.
Then I'll choose Select and Color Range. As you can see, whatever I select, right now, it's set to sample colors, but if I change that to Highlights, for example, we're automatically getting that live update because Color Range is putting the selection directly into the adjustment layers Mask. Now, let's talk a little bit about the Highlights, Midtones, and Shadows options. We'll start with Shadows. You can see that when I have the Shadows selected, only the shadow areas are being affected.
So in this case, because I have a Black & White adjustment layer, the shadow areas are being converted to black and white, but I have a range slider. So if I want only the very dark values to be converted, I can move the range slider to the left. If I move it over to the right, now we can see that even the midtones are being converted. If I change this to Midtones, I have two sliders. The area between the two sliders are the area that's going to be affected. So if I move this to the left, now all of my shadows are also being affected.
If I move the Highlight slider to the right here, now we can see that my highlights are also being affected. Finally, if we select Highlights, I'm back to one slider, but I can narrow this down so that my adjustment is only affecting the very brightest values. Or we can move this to the left, in which case it's going to affect not only the clouds, but also move into the highlight areas here. Now, don't forget, when I click OK, if I like the way that this is affecting the sky, and by the way, this is a very subtle adjustment.
If I toggle the eye icon on and off, we can barely notice it on the video, but I'm sure that you'll see it on your screens. I'm just removing the color from the highlight area. But I don't like the way the color in the road is being removed, so don't forget, if I just hold down the Option key or the Alt key and click on the Mask icon, I can quickly tap the B key to get my paintbrush. Use the right bracket key to get a bigger brush, and then tap the X key to exchange my foreground and background color, and just paint in the mask to remove the white area so that the Black & White adjustment layer isn't affecting the road in the foreground.
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