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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 take a look at how we can modify our color and tone, with something which is called Selective Color. Select the file baja_truck.psd and then double-click it to open it in Photoshop. Next press F to go to Full Screen View mode and then press the Spacebar and click to reposition the image. Now you can find the Adjustment under the Adjustments panel, here it is the bottom right hand corner, Selective Color. Now not many people use Selective Color but after you see this, I think you may start to work with this.
Now in this particular image, I have blue sky, red truck, yellow and black sand, and I also have some dark corners around here. All right well let's begin to modify the color of the truck. Now we can target specific colors, in this case we are going to target these reds. Now when I target these reds, take a look at what I can do. I can actually change the overall tone of the truck; I'm also going to increase its density here. I'm going to go ahead and crank these sliders up including the blacks there. We can see that I can control its overall brightness. I want to increase the density of that truck. I want to make that red truck really snap, let's take a look at our before and after. Here is before and after, really interesting, isn't it? All right, what else can we do with this? Well, let's go ahead and navigate down to our Blacks. Now this isn't a color, we are going to able to target a specific area in our image. Let me show you. Now when I decrease this, we can see, okay this is the area I'm hitting, right in here all those dark shadows.
What if I just want to darken those up, I can go ahead and do that, well let's say, I want to go for a kind of a film effect, I want to bring some color in there, some Cyan into those shadows and then let me take this back so you can actually see that color there. Now I have this almost cross process type of a look because I'm focusing in on those Blacks. Now I could go to Whites, so well what are the Whites? Well let's go ahead and find out. All the Whites of these brighter tones up in here, okay, well let's say if I'm going for this cross process look. What about if I add a little bit of Yellow into those, I'm also going to add little bit of Cyan and now I have this really interesting kind of cross tone, cross process effect. Now in my opinion I don't actually like those final adjustments. So I'm going to go ahead and reset them, I'll click in here and take this to zero, zero, and zero. I'll go back to my Blacks and I'm going to bring the Cyan all the way out and simply want to darken those edges.
Now here is my before and after, this is what I'm interested in with this picture before and then after. The nice thing about this is it's an Adjustments Layer. So we can double-click the Adjustments panels, here we have it. Now if this is too strong, no big deal, just back it off, you can find that sweet spot and a lot of times what happens when you are working with color and tone, is you need to do that. You modified something, you are really excited about it, you push it a little bit too far, but then you just swing it back just a little bit and you can find that sweet spot. And with this image, it looks like somewhere right in there about 70% or so looks really good.
All right, well as you can tell you can create some really interesting color and tone effects with Selective Color. Now not many people go there but my hope is that, this movie will inspire you to begin the experiment with selective color adjustments.
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