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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.
Hey thanks for joining me in this chapter where we are going to look at how we can modify color and tone. Working with color and tone in Photoshop is so much fun. Sometimes I get lost working in color tone because I spend so much time doing it, because it's pretty exciting stuff. Now let's open up this file corwig_first_aid. You can find that file on the chapter 21 folder. Double-click it to open it in Photoshop, have to go to Full Screen View mode, all right. Well here we have this interesting first aid kit and that's on the wall, just down the hall from my office and one thing that's interesting to do is to do a photo walk where you work. Sometimes you'll notice things that you would have otherwise not noticed. Like I walked by this first aid kit a 100 times but when I walked by with my camera and I was looking for pictures, wow! Interesting colors. Well, I want to change those colors, I'm going to do that by way of Hue Saturation, so I click on the Hue/ Saturation icon in order to open up or create a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer.
Now here I'm just simply going to shift the overall Hue of the image and I'm going to focus in on shifting the letters. I want those letters to be red. I really like that. Okay, well there is a problem right, my mask is filled with white. I need to invert the mask, so I click on the Mask panel and here is why I have a problem. Because I don't want to affect the background so I click Invert. So now nothing is affected. I can also use that shortcut, Command+I on a Mac, Ctrl+I on a PC. That inverts the mask. Now I'll grab my Brush tool press B on the keyboard and here I'm going to paint with white, I'm going to paint with white across these letters and across that line up top. I have now successfully changed the color just of those letters.
Now there are times when you need to be really careful with your mask. In this case I didn't need to be very careful because of the white background. Now one of the things that you also want to experiment with is, once you have modified one aspect of an image, you have created a mask and an adjustment. You might as well duplicate the adjustment and see what else you can come up with. So I'll do that here. Command+J on the Mac/Ctrl+J on a PC that copy that to a new layer or I could click on this Adjustment Layer icon and drag it to the New Layer icon in order to duplicate it that way. Now in this case I want to invert my mask the other way so I'm controlling the background. So now I have one adjustment, which controls a background. Double-click on the thumbnail there to open up the Hue/Saturation option. I'll go ahead and change the color of the background.
So I'll make it blue that's interesting. Go back down here, my before and after and then I have my color in the inside before and after, and you know what I discovered, I just discover that I actually like the background been changed than the color of the letters been the original color and I wouldn't have discovered that, had I not experimented with those different Layers. Now I'm just saying that but my intent here is to start you to get to think about how you can begin a modify color. And then if you ever modified a color, look at some other techniques that you can use in order to modify that color even further. All right, well that wraps up this movie, I hope you picked up something, I'll see you in the next movie.
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