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In this Photoshop for Designers course, Nigel French focuses on the tools and features in Photoshop designed for choosing, applying, and editing color. The course looks at concepts such as the color wheel and color harmonies as well as the practicalities of using the Color Picker, leveraging the power of color channels, and the characteristics of different color modes in Photoshop. The course includes exercises on correcting color, enhancing color, shifting and replacing colors, working with spot color channels, hand coloring black and white images, and designing with a reduced color palette.
When you need a more nuance selection based more on color and less on area, then the Color Range tool is a good choice. Under the Select menu, there it is. Now we can use this to select specific colors, additive primaries or add subtractive primaries or we can use it to select specific tonal ranges and these approaches can be useful on certain occasions, in this case though, we want to work with sampled colors. And we sample the colors by moving into the image where our cursor becomes an eyedropper and then clicking on the area that we want to become the selection.
So my intent here is to select the leaves and then perform some Hue and possibly Saturation shift on them. So I am going to click on the brown leaves. Over here in the Color Range dialog box, in the Preview area, the white area represents the portion of the image that I currently have selected. To increase this election, I am going to hold down the Shift key and then click, and I can further modify this using the Fuzziness slider.
If I increase the Fuzziness, then I am going to get more selected, and if I move it to the left, I am going to get less selected. So I am going to go with the selection like so and we'll click OK. My active selection or marching ants cannot accurately represent what I have selected, because they can only represent pixels that are 50% or more selected. And the great benefit of the Color Range tool is that it allows you to partially select pixels. So it's a lot more subtle. So with my selection active, I am now going to come to my adjustment layers and choose Hue/Saturation.
And then on the Adjustments panel, I am going to move the Hue slider a little bit to the left and maybe the Saturation slider a little bit to the right. So we see there, I've managed to increase the intensity of these fall leaves and if I turn that off, there is the before and there is the after. I am now going to switch to a second example where we can bring into play this option, Localized Color Clusters, because in this example, I want to select just the red crates.
And if I try and do this the way I did it before, what we are going to find is that we also end up selecting some of the crates that we don't want selected. So I am going to reset that and then I am going to turn on Localized Color Clusters, which is going to limit what I can select. It's like turning on the Contiguous checkbox in the Magic Wand tool. So now when I click, I should be limited or more limited to just selecting the red crates.
I am going to spill over a bit; in fact, we can see that in the shadow areas there are some areas of red. That's okay. So I am going to attempt to build that up as best I can. These areas here that are only partially selected, I am going to go over those again, so that we can get them fully selected. Perhaps in these areas here, I am going to try and deselect those and we can work on either the preview or on the image itself. So I am going to hold down the Alt key and just click on those to try and remove those from the selection.
We also have the Range command and if we reduce this, make this less than 100%, that's going to choke the selection. We are going to end up with less stuff selected. I am going to leave that where it is at 100% for now, and I am going to adjust the Fuzziness, reduce that down to 30. Okay, I am pretty satisfied with that. Now what I am going to do is again a Hue/Saturation adjustment and I am just going to move my Hue slider, so that we can change the color of those crates. So there we see two examples of working with the Color Range tool; one that did not require the use of localized color clusters and the second that did.
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