There's another powerful way to make adjustments to color ranges in your images in Photoshop and that's using the Selective Color adjustment layer. Now before I add the Selective Color Adjustment layer I just want to modify my panels a little bit because I actually don't work with all of these panels showing. So I'm going to use the context-sensitive menu. So on the Mac I would hold down the Control key. And then, click on the Color swatch. Now I'm going to choose to Close this Tab Group. Of course on Windows that's just a right mouse click, and I'll close the tab group.
And I'm going to do the same thing with my adjustments and my styles. Then, I'm going to select my Properties panel. I will expand it and then click on the Properties tab. And bring it all the way down to the bottom underneath my layers panel. When I see that solid turquoise line, I'll go ahead and release the mouse. So now, my properties panel is underneath my layers panel, and this way, it won't keep flying out into my image area and covering up my image. The other advantage of having it below the layers panel is when I use this shortcut right here to select an adjustment layer.
If I choose for example selective color, look where my cursor is. It's right there on top of all the controls. So this really help speed things up when I'm using Adjustment layers. Now, when we look at the selective color adjustment layer, you can see that I can choose from a variety of different color ranges. If I wanted to make a change to my reds, I can now use cyan, magenta, and black in order to make those changes. So it's similar to the hue saturation adjustment layer, only hue saturation uses hue, saturation, and lightness in order to make changes. And here I can go ahead and use cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. So if I wanted to make this red a cherry red and not as much of a brick red, I could decrease the cyan, I could increase the magenta, and then I could decrease the yellow.
Of course, I can change the black value as well. If I move it to the left, it's going to get a little bit lighter; to the right, it will get darker, and that's because I'm adding black. And I move it to the right, subtracting it from the left. Now, the adjustments that I'm making are relative. You can make absolute adjustments. Those are going to be much more dramatic. But I'm going to leave it to Relative right now. Of course, we can go in and we can change all these different color ranges. Although one thing to point out is that you can't actually modify the range that you're effecting. So in hue saturation if I wanted to effect the reds and the oranges I can modify that here.
I'm limited to the specific color ranges. But there are three options down here, which I absolutely love, and that's the ability to select your whites, neutrals, or blacks. So let's say I wanted to remove a color cast from this image. I can select my whites, this area right here, and I can make change to those lighter values in my image. So in this case, I'm actually going to add a little bit of cyan. And I'm going to subtract some magenta. I'm also going to subtract some yellow here until these values are much more neutral and we can see the results of that if we just toggle on and off the layers.
There's before and there's after. So, you can see it's quite easy to change your color ranges and if you're more comfortable with cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. Then the Selective Color Adjustment layer is probably what you should use. Now, let's toggle off the eye icon next to the selective color layer. And I'm going to return back to the background layer for a moment. I just want to show you another tool that, it's similar enough in name that it's easy to confuse them. This tool is actually under the Select menu though and it's called Color Range.
But there is a big difference. Even though I can still select my color ranges, and I can select highlights, midtones, and shadows, if I chose one of these, nothing actually happens. I don't have any sliders here to adjust the color. When I click OK instead I just get that resulting selection. But let me deselect for a moment. I'll use Command+C or Control+D to deselect that. And then I'll choose the Select menu again and Color Range. Because I want to show you the sample color options. This will allow me to create a selection and it will allow me to create a selection of a broader color range, in fact maybe even two completely different color ranges like blue and red at the same time.
Because now I use the Eyedropper tool. And when I click in the red area, I get a preview of that selection as a mask. Now if I want to add to the selection, I can either click on the plus icon right here. Or, when I position my cursor in the image area, if I hold down the Shift key, that will automatically add to my selection. So I'm just dragging around the red area here. If I drag into the more orange areas. You can watch as it adds that to my selection. And if I were to come up here, and click in the blue areas, you can see that now that's been added to my selection. So, now the majority of my image is selected.
And I click OK. You can see, all the blues and all the reds area selected, whereas the yellows and the greens are not. So, it's a similar tool in that it works on color ranges, but, again, when you use the Select menu, all you end up with is a selection. So I'll deselect that using Command+D or Control+D on Windows and then move back over to my layers panel and toggle on the eye icon next to selective color, which of course is an adjustment layer, which means I can go in at any point in time and modify it or refine it without losing any image quality.
So there you go, two ways to select portions of your images based on color or shadow, mid-tone and highlights and create a color adjustment or a selection.
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