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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.
Sometimes when you need to make a selection of a color by area, the Magic Wand tool really isn't that magic. And if I were to try and select this green apple using the Magic Wand tool, the one that's been around forever, the old favorite, when I click on the apple, it selects some of it, but not all of it. And now I could hold down the Shift key and I could try increasing my Tolerance. But none of that's really going to work very well. So instead, I am going to begin this by using the Quick Selection tool. Now the Quick Selection tool, as its name suggests, makes quick selections.
They are not the finishing point of your selection; you may need to refine the edge of your selection; you may need to use other selection tools. But the Quick Selection tool is a good starting point. So what I am going to do is turn on Auto -Enhance, which will make for a better selection, zoom in on the area that I want to select and then click and drag over that apple and you can see that I almost get there with just a simple move like that. Now if I need to subtract from the selection, as I do, I can hold down the Alt key and just paint over it.
So a little bit of back-and-forth here, painting over the bits that I need to add, holding down the Alt key and painting over the bits that I want to subtract, if necessary, reducing the size of my brush or increasing the size of my brush. So now that I have a half decent selection, what I can do is refine the edge of that selection; I can choose how I want the edge displayed, on what sort of backgrounds to highlight different problems that I might have with my edge and I'm going to choose to see on white and I am very quickly going to refine this a bit, increase the radius, smooth it, a little bit of feathering, increase the contrast, shift the edge a little to the left so we come inside the selected shape.
Let's show the original. There is the starting point of the selection, you can see it's quite jagged, turn that off. That's where we are at right now. We are not here to really go into this too much to refine edge, but the Quick Selection tool is a good starting point for a selection, with which we can now do numerous things, specifically relating to color we could come over to adjustment layers. Choose Hue/Saturation and change the Hue of that apple, so that it goes from a green apple to a red apple.
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