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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.
Color has the potential to have a profound and intriguing effect on the viewer, and there are so many fun things that we can do with color inside of Photoshop. Let's take a look at one technique that we can use in order to replace color. Now, before we actually begin to replace color, let's copy our Background layer. So with that one selected, or targeted, we press Command+J on a Mac, or Ctrl+J on a PC. Next, double-click the layer name. Let's go ahead and call this one "color option # 1." Next, we're going to navigate to our Image pulldown menu.
From there, we'll select Adjustments, and then we'll go all the way down near the bottom and choose Replace Color. This will then open up the Replace Color dialog. What we can do here is with our first Eyedropper tool selected, we can click on the background in order to select or target this area. Next, we can drag the Hue slider one way or another in order to make a color change. Now, if we don't have enough of that background selected, we can choose the next icon, which is this Eyedropper with a Plus sign next to it, or we can hold down the Shift key, and here you can see that I can start to click around the image, and it's a subtle buildup, but I'm starting to add more areas to the selection in order have a little bit more of an even color change.
All right, well once I've done that, I could then go on to change the overall Saturation if I wanted a little bit more of a muted look, or I can change the lightness or the darkness of this background as well. So here you can see we can make some pretty broad changes to the background in this image. Now, you may be thinking, okay this is kind of fun and creative. Well, what about those times when you want to make a change which is perhaps a little bit more subtle? Well, we can do that as well. There often are times where we simply want to select the background and we notice that perhaps this color blue is a little bit too purple.
We can make it a little more cyan, and then maybe just de-saturated a few points, in order to have a little bit more muted, or a little bit more edgy, or believable sky. So, this type of technique can be helpful, whether you want to come up with something really creative or if you're just looking to make some simple color adjustments.
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