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Photoshop for Designers: Color
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Selecting color with Color Range


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Photoshop for Designers: Color

with Nigel French

Video: Selecting color with Color Range

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.
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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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Photoshop for Designers: Color
5h 18m Intermediate Jan 04, 2012

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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.

Topics include:
  • Defining color terms
  • Using Kuler to create color palettes
  • Understanding additive and subtractive color
  • Understanding color management
  • Using the Levels, Curves, Auto Tone, and Auto Contrast adjustments
  • Color correction
  • Selecting color—from the Magic Wand to Color Range
  • Neutralizing blacks and whites with blend modes
  • Matching colors
  • Saturating and de-saturating colors
  • Increasing saturation with Vibrance
  • Designing with spot color
  • Colorizing images
Subjects:
Design Color Design Techniques
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Nigel French

Selecting color with Color Range

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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