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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.
So far, we've taken a look at how we can use Selective Color in order to work on one particular color. Well, what about those images where you have multiple colors? How then can you begin to use Selective Color in order to make improvements in these different areas? For example, with this image we have these really interesting color combinations, appealing paint as both cyan and red kind of magenta. Then we have the yellow of the neon part of the sign. Well let's see if we can enhance this image with Selective Color. Well, over in the Adjustments panel, we'll click on the Selective Color icon.
Let's start off in the Reds. What I want to do in the Reds is I really want to brighten that red tone up, and so I'm going to go ahead and do that, and kind of determine how I want to view this color. Here, you can see I'm simply dragging my sliders one way and then another in order to make these adjustments. I just want to make the red a little bit more red and a little bit less magenta. Let's click on the Eye icon. Here we have our before, and then our after. Now, we're going to go to our Color pulldown menu and then choose Magentas.
Here, what we can do is continually modify this, again, just adding a little bit more red in there and also perhaps a little bit more yellow. Well, now that background color is really starting to sing. Let's take a look at the before and after. Clicking on that Eye icon here I have before and then after. While I like the Reds, I don't like what happened to the Yellow. Focus in on the yellow of the neon sign. Here's my before and then my after. It became a little bit too muddy orange-yellow. I want it to be a nice bright vivid yellow, like the light is almost glowing.
I know it's broken, but I want to bring back some of that brightness there. Well, no big deal. Let's navigate to that color. We'll select that here in the Color menu, and in the Yellows all that we need to do is just start to boost this tone here. Let me go ahead and make my way through this and take a look at how we can really bring back some of those colors. Actually, over here it looks better, and then we can change the overall brightness, as well. Now that yellow is really coming to life. Again, let's look at our before and after. Here we have before, and now after.
Well, the last color that might be fun to work on is that background blue. We could probably shift that to make it navy blue, or perhaps a little more cyan. We'll go to Colors and select cyans. Now a lot of times when you make these adjustments, all you're going to do is simply click and drag one way, see if that looks good; it doesn't. Click and drag the other until you find the right particular color mix. This is going to be a lot of mixing back-and-forth to find a color which suits your own taste. In this case, I think this is kind of fun to have a little bit of this darker blue in the background, and to see how we can push these colors one way and then another.
Let's take a look at our overall before and after. Click on the Eye icon in that Background layer. Here you can see our original image as captured. Click on the Eye icon one more time, and here we have the completed photograph after using Selective Color.
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