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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.
I captured this image in a very remote area of Baja, California, way down in Mexico. And what stood out to me, of course, was the red truck in this context, and I just thought it was really intriguing. Let's say that what we want to do here is we want to bring out more of the redness of the truck. We want to select that and make a few changes. Well, one good way to do that is with a tool which is called Selective Color. We can either choose Selective Color by clicking on the Adjustment layer icon and selecting it here, or by clicking on the Selective Color icon up here in the Adjustments panel.
Well, either way, let's go ahead and click on that option. Now this will then open up the dialog, and here you can see we can target different colors. Currently and by default, it's selecting or targeting the Reds. Well that's the area we want to work on, so let's leave that as is. Well, one of the things that's interesting is that we can go through these different controls, and we can change what type of red this actually is. Now at first glance, the truck looks pretty red. Let's change that. Well, what I can do is click and drag to the left in order to add more red, or if I click and drag to the right, I can add more cyan, taking the red away.
Well, in my case, I want to boost the red. So I'm going to go ahead and drag that to the left. I can also work on the Magenta. You can see here it's shifting what type of red the truck is. That doesn't look very good, but we can go and make it a yellow-red or just perhaps a little bit of Magenta to add a touch of snap there. Now, we can change the overall yellow to blue content. Do want it a little bit more of an orange-red, or in this case a little bit more of a purple. Well, again, let's go ahead and just warm that up a bit. Then find the blacks. That's going to be the density. We can change that.
Do you want to have some lightness there, or do we want to kind of build that up a bit? Really bring out the redness of this truck. Well now that we've done that, let's go ahead and take a look at our before and after. Now the one thing that I want you to look at is, of course, the truck, but you'll also notice that it picked up a few colors here on the beach and changed the rest of the image as well. That's always going to be the case, because red doesn't only exist in one place, or whatever color we're working on. Well now to the before and after. Click on the Eye icon.
Here is before, and then let's take a look at the after. Well, that looks so much better. I mean, that's kind of how I envision the image, this really nice bright red truck. Well, it may be a problem that the beach became a little bit more red as well, and sometimes that's the case when working with Selective Color. Well, what we can do here is we can grab our brush and then go ahead and paint with black, make sure we're targeting the mask, and in this case we're just going to go ahead and paint away this area. Let me increase my Opacity all the way up to 100%.
I'm just going to take away this color adjustment to the beach, so it's primarily focusing in on the truck. Now again, I'm doing this because there were some areas that were kind of contaminated by this adjustment, and I didn't want that to happen. Now, another thing to point out here is that sometimes what you're going to do is boost a color, like in this case, I really brought up the reds. In other situations, especially with red, you'll find that your reds may be over-saturated. Well, you could do the exact opposite of what we did here, and you can tone that red down, so it's a little bit more in range.
I want to point that out, because sometimes you're going to use this particular technique to boost and enhance colors. Other times, you may use it as a little bit more of a corrective tool in order to correct colors that need a little bit of improvement. Well, let's take a look at our final before and after. Here we have it, before and then after.
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