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Selecting faces with Color Range

From: Photoshop CC Selections and Layer Masking Workshop

Video: Selecting faces with Color Range

The color range command can be used to create a selection based on specific colors within the image. And of course skin tones tend to fall within a certain range of colors and so we can use the color range command to select skin tones in a photo. And there's actually a somewhat automated way of approaching that selection process. So, let's take a look at the color range command for selecting skin tones. I'll make sure that the image layer that I want to select from is active. In this case I only have the one layer. And then I'll choose Select > Color Range from the menu.

Selecting faces with Color Range

The color range command can be used to create a selection based on specific colors within the image. And of course skin tones tend to fall within a certain range of colors and so we can use the color range command to select skin tones in a photo. And there's actually a somewhat automated way of approaching that selection process. So, let's take a look at the color range command for selecting skin tones. I'll make sure that the image layer that I want to select from is active. In this case I only have the one layer. And then I'll choose Select > Color Range from the menu.

By default, we're working with sampled colors, meaning I need to click within the image to define which colors I want to include in my selection. But I can also choose skin tones. And that means that only skin tones will be included in the selection. And in fact those skin tones are a preset range of color values, I can't modify the range using the eye dropper tools, for example. But I can still adjust the fuzziness setting in order to increase or decrease that range of colors to affect similar colors.

I can also turn on the detect faces option and this will cause the color range command to analyze the image and try to identify exactly where those skin tones are. In some cases, that will improve your result. In some cases, not so much. So, it's good to turn it on and and then turn it off and see whether the result is better or worse. In this case, I like the result with the detect faces option turned off so I'll leave that checked box off. And I can fine tune the fuzziness. Bare in mind if I go a little too far with fuzziness I might start to see some other areas of the image getting included in the selection.

So there is a little bit of a balancing act required here. Now, one of the key things to keep in mind is that I don't necessarily need to create a perfect selection. I can really focus most of my attention on the edges of those skin tones because this interior section I could very easily clean up by, for example, adding to selection and using the lasso tool to draw a loop around that area. But I do still try to make sure I'm getting the best selection possible right from the start. In some cases I might not even mind if that selection extends into other areas to some degree. Because the adjustment I'm going to apply maybe a relatively modest adjustment and it maybe okay that it affects some additional areas of the image as well. But once I have those settings established where I'm happy with my basic selection, I can click OK in order to finalize that selection and then of course, continue cleaning up that selection as needed for my final result.

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Photoshop CC Selections and Layer Masking Workshop

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  1. 1m 27s
    1. Welcome
      1m 27s
  2. 46m 26s
    1. Selections, alpha channels, and layer masks, oh my!
      5m 48s
    2. Anti-aliasing and selections
      6m 6s
    3. The case for not feathering selections
      6m 50s
    4. Adding, subtracting, and intersecting
      7m 31s
    5. Inverting a selection
      3m 4s
    6. Mixing and matching selection tools
      2m 32s
    7. Using Deselect and Reselect
      3m 47s
    8. Temporarily hiding a selection
      2m 7s
    9. Saving and loading selections
      6m 14s
    10. Using the cursor for selections
      2m 27s
  3. 51m 42s
    1. The Rectangular Marquee tool
      8m 24s
    2. The Elliptical Marquee tool
      6m 2s
    3. The Lasso tool
      4m 55s
    4. The Polygonal Lasso tool
      6m 27s
    5. The Magnetic Lasso tool
      10m 9s
    6. The Quick Selection tool
      5m 33s
    7. The Magic Wand tool
      10m 12s
  4. 38m 38s
    1. Selecting the border of an existing selection
      1m 50s
    2. The Color Range command
      7m 19s
    3. Focusing a Color Range selection
      2m 55s
    4. Selecting faces with Color Range
      2m 31s
    5. The Pen tool
      5m 40s
    6. Selecting by luminosity
      3m 39s
    7. Selecting from a channel
      6m 13s
    8. Transforming a selection
      4m 4s
    9. Quick Mask mode
      4m 27s
  5. 50m 46s
    1. Combining layers into a single document
      1m 49s
    2. Layering images manually
      1m 55s
    3. Assembling a panorama automatically
      3m 1s
    4. Advanced blending
      4m 0s
    5. Painting to hide and reveal
      3m 24s
    6. Creating a selection-based composite
      2m 43s
    7. Select, then paint
      3m 28s
    8. Advanced mask cleanup
      6m 18s
    9. Creating an edge-fade effect
      2m 23s
    10. Using a filter to add an artistic edge
      3m 6s
    11. Using a brush effect to add an artistic edge
      5m 30s
    12. Transforming a masked object
      1m 51s
    13. Unlinking image and mask
      2m 53s
    14. Matching composite images
      2m 17s
    15. Adding layer effects with masks
      2m 21s
    16. Reviewing layer masks
      3m 47s
  6. 28m 58s
    1. Painting in an adjustment
      3m 20s
    2. Shades of gray
      3m 14s
    3. Using the Gradient tool
      4m 4s
    4. Adjusting a selected area
      1m 42s
    5. Creating a vignette effect with masking
      2m 13s
    6. Using a layer group
      3m 34s
    7. Working with multiple masks
      4m 5s
    8. Refining an adjustment mask
      6m 46s

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