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Selecting with the improved Color Range command


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Photoshop CS4 Essential Training

with Jan Kabili
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  1. 2m 31s
    1. Welcome
      1m 27s
    2. Using the example files
      1m 4s
  2. 25m 14s
    1. Touring the interface
      4m 25s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      5m 15s
    3. Using tools efficiently
      3m 51s
    4. Arranging panels
      3m 53s
    5. Customizing keyboard shortcuts
      2m 50s
    6. Saving a custom workspace
      3m 0s
    7. Changing screen modes
      2m 0s
  3. 19m 3s
    1. Touring the Bridge interface
      6m 31s
    2. Opening images from Bridge
      1m 20s
    3. Reviewing images
      4m 42s
    4. Finding images
      6m 30s
  4. 44m 53s
    1. Setting preferences
      4m 23s
    2. Choosing color settings
      8m 11s
    3. Zooming and panning
      5m 27s
    4. Resizing and image resolution
      3m 17s
    5. Adding to the canvas
      2m 2s
    6. Rotating the canvas
      1m 44s
    7. Choosing color
      4m 49s
    8. Sizing a brush tip
      3m 4s
    9. Undoing and the History panel
      5m 0s
    10. Saving and file formats
      3m 29s
    11. Creating a file from scratch
      3m 27s
  5. 37m 58s
    1. Making geometric selections
      6m 14s
    2. Modifying selections
      4m 43s
    3. Combining selections
      3m 16s
    4. Using the Quick Selection tool
      5m 34s
    5. Refining selection edges
      4m 12s
    6. Using Quick Mask mode
      2m 18s
    7. Selecting with the improved Color Range command
      4m 32s
    8. Selecting with the Magnetic Lasso tool
      2m 28s
    9. Using the Background Eraser tool
      3m 7s
    10. Saving selections
      1m 34s
  6. 39m 56s
    1. Understanding layers
      5m 43s
    2. Creating layers
      5m 12s
    3. Working in the Layers panel
      2m 19s
    4. Locking layers
      4m 17s
    5. Working with multiple layers
      4m 6s
    6. Merging and flattening layers
      3m 55s
    7. Adding a shape layer
      4m 43s
    8. Basic layer masking
      4m 23s
    9. Using layer blend modes and opacity
      5m 18s
  7. 23m 19s
    1. Cropping
      3m 26s
    2. Straightening
      3m 17s
    3. Transforming
      4m 42s
    4. Working with Smart Objects
      6m 48s
    5. Using Content-Aware Scaling
      5m 6s
  8. 1h 10m
    1. Reading histograms
      4m 21s
    2. Using adjustment layers and the Adjustment panel
      6m 4s
    3. Adjusting tones with Levels
      7m 49s
    4. Limiting adjustments with layer masks
      5m 40s
    5. Using masks in the new Masks panel
      6m 9s
    6. Limiting adjustments by clipping
      3m 6s
    7. Adjusting with Shadow/Highlight
      5m 7s
    8. Adjusting with Curves
      7m 37s
    9. Adjusting with Hue/Saturation
      3m 42s
    10. Adjusting with Vibrance
      2m 16s
    11. Removing a color cast
      4m 26s
    12. Using the Black & White adjustment layer
      2m 39s
    13. Using the Dodge Burn and Sponge tools
      4m 11s
    14. Reducing noise
      2m 39s
    15. Sharpening
      4m 42s
  9. 38m 0s
    1. Using the Spot Healing Brush tool
      5m 17s
    2. Using the Healing Brush tool
      5m 51s
    3. Using the Patch tool
      4m 52s
    4. Using the Clone Stamp tool
      4m 8s
    5. Enhancing eyes
      9m 29s
    6. Changing facial structure
      5m 0s
    7. Softening skin
      3m 23s
  10. 44m 38s
    1. What's a raw image?
      4m 25s
    2. Touring the Camera Raw interface
      7m 35s
    3. Working in the Basic panel
      7m 54s
    4. Working in the Tone Curve panel
      2m 21s
    5. Working in the HSL/Grayscale and Split Toning panels
      3m 46s
    6. Looking at the other Camera Raw panels
      3m 45s
    7. Using the Adjustment Brush tool
      4m 2s
    8. Using the Graduated Filter tool
      3m 56s
    9. Working with multiple files
      6m 54s
  11. 21m 6s
    1. Using the Brushes panel
      8m 30s
    2. Filling with color
      3m 49s
    3. Replacing color
      4m 14s
    4. Using gradients
      4m 33s
  12. 16m 55s
    1. Working with point type
      9m 59s
    2. Working with paragraph type
      3m 17s
    3. Warping text
      3m 39s
  13. 25m 23s
    1. Adding a layer style
      4m 6s
    2. Customizing a layer style
      3m 35s
    3. Copying a layer style
      3m 5s
    4. Creating a new style
      3m 32s
    5. Using Smart Filters
      5m 22s
    6. Working in the Filter Gallery
      5m 43s
  14. 13m 14s
    1. Auto-blending focus
      4m 47s
    2. Creating Photomerge panoramas
      4m 2s
    3. Combining group photos
      4m 25s
  15. 23m 27s
    1. Creating an action
      7m 16s
    2. Batch processing with an action
      6m 36s
    3. Using the Image Processor
      9m 35s
  16. 29m 20s
    1. Printing
      11m 32s
    2. Making a contact sheet from Bridge
      6m 12s
    3. Creating a web gallery from Bridge
      7m 17s
    4. Preparing photos for the web
      4m 19s
  17. 30s
    1. Goodbye
      30s

Video: Selecting with the improved Color Range command

There is another selection feature in Photoshop that you might not have found on your own because it's not a tool in the toolbox. That's the Color Range command. I like to use the Color Range command when I need to make a selection based on color and I want a feature that can make fine distinctions in color. So for example, here, what I would like to do is change the color of this yellow sign. So I want to select the solid yellow parts of the sign, but I don't want to fully select the graffiti on the sign that's the light yellow at the bottom-right or the light scratches on the sign, because I want the recolored sign to retain its character.

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Photoshop CS4 Essential Training
7h 55m Beginner Oct 13, 2008

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Photoshop has become an indispensible tool for photographers, designers, and all other creative professionals, as well as students. Photoshop CS4 Essential Training teaches a broad spectrum of core skills that are common to many creative fields: working with layers and selections; adjusting, manipulating, and retouching photos; painting; adding text; automating; preparing files for output; and more. Instructor Jan Kabili demonstrates established techniques as well as those made possible by some of the new features unique to Photoshop CS4. This course is indispensable to those who are new to the application, just learning this version, or expanding their skills. Example files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Learning and customizing the interface and workspace
  • Utilizing various manual and guided selection techniques
  • Working with Adobe Camera Raw
  • Adding special effects with layer styles and Smart Filters
  • Creating Photomerge panoramas
  • Optimizing photos for the web and creating web galleries
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Jan Kabili

Selecting with the improved Color Range command

There is another selection feature in Photoshop that you might not have found on your own because it's not a tool in the toolbox. That's the Color Range command. I like to use the Color Range command when I need to make a selection based on color and I want a feature that can make fine distinctions in color. So for example, here, what I would like to do is change the color of this yellow sign. So I want to select the solid yellow parts of the sign, but I don't want to fully select the graffiti on the sign that's the light yellow at the bottom-right or the light scratches on the sign, because I want the recolored sign to retain its character.

That's when the Color Range command can come in handy. I am going to go up to the Select menu and I'll choose Color Range. The first thing I do here in the Color Range dialog box is go to Selection Preview and click that menu and I'm going to cycle through these choices to see how I want to preview this selection over in the document window. That's how Grayscale is going to show up. This is how Black Matte will show up. White Matte. And Quick Mask. In this case, I think that either this Quick Mask view or perhaps this Black Matte view will be the most useful.

What I am seeing here is the parts that are not selected are black or gray and the parts that are currently selected are clear so that I can see through to the yellow sign. There are several ways to make a selection in the Color Range dialog box. One is to use the presets in the Select menu up here. I'm going to try that first, by coming down and choosing Yellows, which asks Photoshop to select all the yellows in the image. That does a pretty good job as I can see in this preview. All the clear areas, which are the yellow areas, are selected and the other areas are not selected.

However, there is one thing I see that is selected that I don't want to include in the selection and that's this area down at the bottom, which happens to be a yellow sign in the background. So I can't use the preset because there is no way to take that away. Instead, I'm going to change Select back to Sampled Colors and this means that I get to sample the colors to be selected myself. To sample colors, I'll use the Eyedropper over here and I'll click on an area that I want to select here in the image or I could do the same thing over here in the preview.

I will do it here for now. That did a pretty good job of selecting much of the yellow. If I wanted to select other colors similar to the one I clicked on, I could get the Plus Eyedropper and click related colors until I got the full selection that I wanted. If I selected a color I didn't want, then I will get the Minus Eyedropper and use that. I can also use the Fuzziness slider here to increase the range of colors that I have selected. So if I drag that to the right, I'm selecting a wider range of colors including some of that yellow that I didn't want.

So I'm going to drag that back toward the left. But notice that there is still some of that background sign included in the selection. So there is a new feature here that I can use to eliminate that and that is the Localized Color Clusters checkbox. I'm going to check that box and then I have access to the Range slider here. If I drag the Range slider to the left, that sign and the distance disappear from the selection. This new feature is based on special tolerance technology that allows you to control which pixels are selected in an image not only by their color but also by their distance.

Now that I have made that change, I need to come back in with my Plus Eyedropper and this time I'll do it in the image. I'm going to click to include a few more areas in the selection. When I am satisfied, I'll click OK and here I can see this selection in the document, represented the typical way as marching ants. I'm going to recolor this selection by selecting my Brush tool in the toolbox, going down to the foreground Color box and clicking to open the Color Picker and I'm going to choose a color in the orange range and say OK. Then I'll come in and I'm going to make my brush a little bit bigger.

I'm just going to paint over the selected areas of the sign. The non-selected areas, like this graffiti and that red mark on the sign and the scratch over on the left did not get recolored because they weren't selected. I'm going to deselect by pressing Command+D on the Mac. That's Ctrl+D on the PC and that's the result, exactly what I wanted. The Color Range command offers a really different approach to selecting than the selection tools that I have covered in other movies.

Color Range is a color-based method that can work well when you need to make fine distinctions based on color, as in this photo. Give it a try on one of your own photos to see how it works for you.

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