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Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Advanced, the second part of the popular and comprehensive series, updated for CS5, follows internationally renowned Photoshop guru Deke McClelland as he dives into the workings of Photoshop. He explores such digital-age wonders as the Levels and Curves commands, edge-detection filters, advanced compositing techniques, vector-based text, the Liquify filter, and Camera Raw. Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details, smoothing over wrinkles and imperfections, and enhancing colors without harming the original image. Exercise files accompany the course.
Recommended prerequisite: Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals.
All right, I'm still working inside Lips.jpg. I've got the Color Range dialog box up. I've gone ahead and clicked and Shift+Dragged in the flesh area around the lips. My Fuzziness value is set to 70. Few other options that are available to us, notice if I want to exchange the selected and deselected portions of the image, because ultimately, I want to select the lips after all. Then I would turn on the Invert check box. Then I would go ahead and select the lips, and deselect the other details. So far, I've done a very good job of deselecting those details, however, because the teeth are fairly selected.
You can see that we have some dark grays going on, which means there is some selection activity inside those teeth, which means we would ultimately be turning the teeth a little red once I decide to add that Hue/Saturation layer, as we'll see shortly. I also have some of this area down, and to the left of the lips selected. So I'd have to go ahead and deselect that region. Now, it gets a little confusing when you're working in Invert mode, because you have to remember that everything you do is now inverted. So, if you want to deselect some of the image, for example, you want to better deselect the flesh, then you need to press the Shift key, and click in that flesh area or Shift+Drag across it, in order to add to the selection, because after all, you're inverting the results of whatever you're doing.
So I usually wait till the very end to turn on the Invert check box for what it's worth. I'll go ahead and turn it back off for now. Another option, if you end up selecting too much of the image, you can press and hold the Alt key or the Option key on the Mac. You can click inside of an area ,like, for example, the teeth here, in order to deselect them a little bit. That may or may not end up working for you. Alt+Clicking or Option+Clicking isn't necessarily terribly successful when you're working with Color Range under normal circumstances, and I'll show you a distinction once we bring in this Localized Color Clusters check box.
Another option is to forgo Sampled Colors i.e. clicking inside the image in order to lift key colors, the way we've been doing, and instead, go for a predefined range. So, for example, in my image, I can say, you know what? These lips, let's go ahead and check them out, what color are they? I'll change the Selection Preview back to None. I guess they're kind of reddish ultimately. I want them to be redder than this, but I could say, well, why don't we just select all the reds? Notice that we have access to those same general areas of color that are provided to us by Hue/Saturation, and Black and White, and some other commands.
So, we could select our reds. That's going to give us this kind of selection right there. In other words, it's not going to select much at all, or I could select my yellows. That's not going to do much good either. In fact, I find these options to be nearly of no use whatsoever. I could select the Highlights, and that's going to generate this selection right here. Let's take a look at it. If I switch it back to Grayscale, it's fairly sharp though, as you can see, mostly you're either selecting pixels or not selecting pixels inside the image.
We don't have much in the way of gray variance in between, which means we don't have much in the way of organic transitions. So, you may be able to get something out of these Highlights, Midtones, and Shadows options here, but I don't work that way. The reason is, because sampling color is just isn't that hard. So, if you want access to the Eyedropper. By the way, these variations with the Plus sign, and the Minus sign, those are the options you get by pressing the Shift key, and the Alt or Option key. If you want access to any of them, you're going to have to switch back to Sampled Colors.
Notice it goes ahead and remembers my last applied settings, which is quite handy. However, where this image is concerned, I find that we're not going to get exactly the results we want, by trying to select the area we don't want to select, such as the flesh, and the teeth, and so forth, then reverse the selection. It just doesn't happen to work out that well. We're going to be better off if we actually try to select the lips, and take advantage of this Localized Color Clusters option. I'll show you how that works in the next exercise.
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