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Saturating colors

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Video: Saturating colors

In this chapter we are going to take a look at saturating and desaturating colors, how to do so, and when you might want to do so. So here I have a picture of a road that I took near Death Valley in California. If you've ever been on a road like this, it's irresistible taking a picture of the road. And I know it's a bit of a clich?, but I've got loads of pictures like this. Now, what I want to do is I want to really amp up the yellowness of the stripe. So I want to selectively saturate just that stripe in the road.

Saturating colors

In this chapter we are going to take a look at saturating and desaturating colors, how to do so, and when you might want to do so. So here I have a picture of a road that I took near Death Valley in California. If you've ever been on a road like this, it's irresistible taking a picture of the road. And I know it's a bit of a clich?, but I've got loads of pictures like this. Now, what I want to do is I want to really amp up the yellowness of the stripe. So I want to selectively saturate just that stripe in the road.

And I am going to do this using my Hue/Saturation adjustment layer. So I am going to choose that, and then I am going to choose my Targeted Adjustment tool. And then move over the yellow stripe and click and drag to the right, and you'll see that as I am doing that the Saturation Slider is moving to the right and we are saturating the Yellows in the image. Well, that's fine. It's giving us a more yellow stripe, but we have got more yellow everywhere.

So our next step is to mask out this change completely. The Hue/Saturation adjustment layer comes with a layer mask, and I'm going to fill that layer mask with Black; Black is my Foreground Color. So I am going to press Option or Alt and the Backspace/Delete key and we're back to square one, except that we now have the adjustment already set up, it's got a layer mask with it, and we can now paint in the stripe. I am going to choose my Brush tool, make sure I have a soft edge brush, and then I am just going to paint over that stripe.

I am pressing the Right Bracket to increase my brush size, and I need to be painting over it in White. Painting over in White is going to reveal the Saturation adjustment that I made. And as I get further down that road, I will just make my brush a little bit smaller.

Now, if subtlety is not my thing, and let's pretend that for today subtlety is not my thing, then what I also want to do is desaturate everything else so that we really make that yellow stripe prominent. So I am now going to add another Hue/ Saturation adjustment layer, and on this one I am just going to get the Saturation Slider and have it affect all colors, so I am on the master for all of the colors and I am going to move that to the left and desaturate the whole image.

But now to bring back the yellow stripe, I'm going to borrow the mask that I made on the previous layer and I am going to copy it to my second adjustment layer. I am going to hold down my Option or Alt key and then drag that onto the existing layer mask. It's going to be ask me if I want to replace, and I do. All I need to do now is invert that mask so that it's painted Black over the yellow stripes, so that it protects the yellow stripe from the desaturation that's happening here.

And to invert the mask I just press Command+I or Ctrl+I. So there is our end result. And you can of course dial in the exact amount of that using the Opacity Slider on either of these two adjustment layers if you feel like that's a little bit too much. Or you can also come back to the first adjustment layer and go to the Yellows and maybe take down the Saturation a bit, but I quite like it like that.

So there we saturated the yellow stripe and the yellow stripe only, and just to really accentuate the difference between it and the rest of the image we desaturated everything else.

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Photoshop for Designers: Color

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  1. 1m 41s
    1. Welcome
      1m 0s
    2. Using the exercise files
      41s
  2. 25m 26s
    1. Defining color terms
      2m 38s
    2. Understanding the color wheel
      4m 3s
    3. Understanding color relationships
      1m 7s
    4. Using Kuler to understand color harmony rules and create color palettes
      4m 2s
    5. Using the Kuler web site
      3m 10s
    6. Colors on screen and on paper
      1m 42s
    7. Color as a signifier
      3m 14s
    8. Color inspirations
      2m 39s
    9. Color and accessibility
      2m 51s
  3. 38m 22s
    1. Demystifying the Color Picker
      2m 57s
    2. Understanding the role of foreground and background colors
      5m 39s
    3. Choosing colors
      6m 41s
    4. Managing swatches
      7m 40s
    5. Transparency
      9m 42s
    6. Color channels
      5m 43s
  4. 41m 4s
    1. Understanding additive and subtractive color
      2m 57s
    2. RGB mode
      1m 56s
    3. CMYK mode
      2m 41s
    4. Lab mode
      3m 49s
    5. Indexed mode
      2m 16s
    6. Grayscale mode
      5m 0s
    7. Color management
      14m 15s
    8. Color depth (8-, 16-, 24-, and 32-bit)
      4m 19s
    9. Monitor calibration
      3m 51s
  5. 26m 43s
    1. Evaluating color with the Histogram panel
      3m 18s
    2. Evaluating color with the Info panel
      1m 48s
    3. Boosting color with levels
      3m 48s
    4. Auto Tone and Auto Contrast
      7m 38s
    5. Manually setting the black and white point
      3m 50s
    6. Curves
      6m 21s
  6. 18m 30s
    1. What is color correction?
      5m 45s
    2. White balancing in Camera Raw
      1m 46s
    3. Color correction with color balance
      1m 34s
    4. Color balancing using photo filters
      1m 26s
    5. Color correction with variations
      4m 27s
    6. Color correction by the numbers
      3m 32s
  7. 33m 14s
    1. Selecting color with the Magic Wand
      4m 43s
    2. Selecting color with the Quick Selection tool
      2m 26s
    3. Selecting color with Color Range
      4m 0s
    4. Neutralizing whites with the Multiply blend mode
      2m 55s
    5. Neutralizing blacks with the Screen blend mode
      57s
    6. Masking colors with the Blend If sliders
      2m 54s
    7. Masking hair with a channel mask and removing contaminant colors
      2m 58s
    8. Shifting targeted colors using Hue/Saturation
      5m 4s
    9. Matching colors using Hue/Saturation
      3m 16s
    10. Matching colors using the Match Color command
      1m 36s
    11. Matching colors using the Color blend modes
      2m 25s
  8. 21m 8s
    1. Saturating colors
      4m 9s
    2. Desaturating colors
      1m 57s
    3. Desaturating in Camera Raw
      3m 1s
    4. Creating a color accent with selective saturation
      2m 38s
    5. Enhancing a sunrise with a gradient map
      5m 49s
    6. Increasing vibrance
      1m 19s
    7. Using selective color
      2m 15s
  9. 32m 42s
    1. Designing with spot colors
      12m 15s
    2. Adding a fifth color to a CMYK image
      5m 0s
    3. Adding spot colors to a grayscale image
      5m 24s
    4. Create a metallic print effect
      3m 8s
    5. Creating duotones, tritones, and quadtones
      6m 55s
  10. 30m 45s
    1. Creating a silkscreen print look with a limited color palette
      7m 59s
    2. Combining color with black and white
      2m 22s
    3. Creating a nostalgic travel poster using the Cut Out filter
      6m 27s
    4. Mapping an image to a color look up table (CLUT)
      7m 56s
    5. Converting to black and white
      6m 1s
  11. 48m 34s
    1. Creating a hand-tinted portrait (the easy way)
      3m 29s
    2. Creating a hand-tinted portrait (the harder way)
      11m 23s
    3. Creating an Andy Warhol look
      4m 44s
    4. Applying a gradient map
      4m 4s
    5. Sepia toning an image
      8m 41s
    6. Color tinting an image
      5m 15s
    7. Split toning an image
      2m 9s
    8. Working with line art
      8m 49s
  12. 23s
    1. Goodbye
      23s

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