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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.
In this movie we are going to continue to learn more about masking and we are going to pick up a really important masking shortcut. All right, well let's go ahead and open up these two files, goleta_beach_shovel.psd and poppy.psd. Click on one of them, hold down the Command key on the Mac/Ctrl key on PC and click on another then press Command +O on a Mac/Ctrl+O on a PC. All right, well now that I have these two images, let's go ahead and start up with our slide here. Press F to go to Full Screen View mode so we can really examine what we have here. Well one of the things that we can do is in unison with our mask; we can use a shortcut to help us out.
Now in order to take advantage of the shortcut here is what I want to show you. I go ahead and add a color to my color picker; you can see that I now have red and white. Well first, I'm going to press the D key, it will take it to the default black and white or I'll press the X key to flip those two colors. Now one thing that you can do with mask is use black and white to reveal or conceal things, right. So we need to know how to fill with our foreground black or our black brown white color and there is a shortcut to do that. On the Mac Options+Delete fills with foreground; PC that's Alt+Delete. And then on a Mac, Command+Delete fills with the background; on a PC to fill its background, it's Ctrl+Delete.
All right, so you are thinking okay, well how do those shortcuts relate to masking? Let me show you. Let's press Ctrl+Tab to go over to the other image. All right, well here I have this image and in this first movie I want to do something really simple. I want everything to be black and white except for this middle area of the image. I want the flower and the background behind the flower to be in color, everything else in black and white. So I'm going to go ahead and click on the Adjustment layer icon and choose Hue/ Saturation. Notice this is going to then open up our Adjustments panel up here. I'll then desaturate with 100 points okay? The whole image is desaturated. Well, how can I bring back some of the color? Well, I'll grab my Rectangular Marquee tool; we can see that here press M or simply select it from the Tools panel.
Next click-and-drag over this portion of the image. Now what color do I need to fill this with or I need to fill it with black so I'll press the D key that will take my color picker to the default black and white. You need to make sure that my black in my case is in the foreground color. Now what's the shortcut to fill a foreground color? On a Mac it's Options+Delete; PC it's Alt+Delete. Now when I do that one of the things that I see is I now have color in the area where I wanted. My final step is to navigate to my select pulldown menu and choose deselect.
All right, so what exactly happen there? So what we did was, we created a hue saturation adjustment layer; we desaturated everything and then we made a selection. And you can also paint this in but something selections are really helpful, we made a selection and then we fill that selection with either black or white. Now a lot of times what happens is when you work on a mask, you can do the exact opposite of what you want to do. Well, that's not big deal. Let's click on our mask here then go to the Masks panel, if we did the opposite of what we wanted to do, we would simply need to press this Invert button. Now in this case, this is wrong so I'll press Invert and then it will flip it back this way.
Keep in mind that white reveals, in this case white revealing the desaturation, black conceals or hides or doesn't allow through the desaturation which gives us this effect. All right, well, that's kind of stage one right, that looks okay, except what I would really like to have happen is just to have the orange of the flower in color and everything else black and white. I want this to look even more interesting. We'll look at how we can do that in the next movie.
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