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In this Photoshop for Designers course, Nigel French focuses on the tools and features in Photoshop designed for choosing, applying, and editing color. The course looks at concepts such as the color wheel and color harmonies as well as the practicalities of using the Color Picker, leveraging the power of color channels, and the characteristics of different color modes in Photoshop. The course includes exercises on correcting color, enhancing color, shifting and replacing colors, working with spot color channels, hand coloring black and white images, and designing with a reduced color palette.
In the previous movie we saw adjusting the colors of the houseboat, targeting the Yellows using the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and protecting the Yellows of the daffodils using a layer mask applied to the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer. In this movie our scenario is, we want to shift the same colors, but we want to end up with a specific color. So we have a specific color destination in mind. And the color that I have chosen is Pantone 150. And I am making it easy for myself here, because I am choosing a color that's not a million miles away from my starting point.
If you're choosing a complementary color, a color diagonally opposite on the Color Wheel, then you're going to have a far harder time of achieving this. But you'll see that I've put a couple of color samplers down, one to sample the color that we're aiming for and one to sample the current color of the houseboat. I am going to turn on my Info panel, and I have changed my color samplers to reflect the Hue/Saturation and Brightness Color Model.
The only problem with is that is that I need to actually be clicked on to the layer that contains that Pantone chip in order to get an accurate readout off that layer. And the HSB values for our target color are 32, 63, and 94, and the HSB values for our starting point are 43, 83, and 94. So I am going to have to make a note of the starting values, because as soon as I click on this adjustment layer, they are going to change, but they are 32, 63, and 94.
So on my adjustment layer I am now going to go to my Yellows, and then I am going to choose my Eyedropper, and come and sample the Yellows that we want to affect. And we see the color bar down here indicating the range of colors that will be affected by the change. And I am starting off with a Hue of 43? around the Color Wheel, and I want to go to 32. So that's -11. So I am going to just dial in -11.
And I am starting off with a Saturation of 83% and I'm aiming for 63%, so I am just going to move this to the left until my second color readout reads 63%. I may not hit it absolutely exactly and that's okay if I don't, just within a degree or two is fine. Okay, spot on, 32 and 63. Now, I am not going to attempt to move the Lightness Slider, because the Lightness values are going to vary across the boat itself.
You will see we have shadows of the rigging and the railings, and that's all going to affect the Lightness value. So that's going to be a moving target that I am not even going to attempt to hit. But there we have a reasonably good approximation of Pantone 150 applied to our houseboat, targeting that color numerically, using the Info panel with our color samplers set to the HSB Color Model, because the HSB Color Model is what Hue/Saturation adjustment layer uses.
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