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In Photoshop CS6 for Photographers, author, photographer, and teacher Chris Orwig explores Photoshop from the perspective of the photographer.
The course details the features and techniques behind enhancing and retouching photos, preparing them for print and online publishing, and much more. Chris demonstrates how to make basic edits in Camera Raw, develop and save color profiles, work with layers and selections, tone and sharpen, and retouch images while retaining their natural character.
Chris also shares some creative tips and project ideas, such as converting a photo to black-and-white and enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks. The course also covers workflow details, such as organizing images in Bridge and Mini Bridge, optimizing Photoshop preferences, and calibrating your monitor.
Here we're going to take a look at how we can use Hue/Saturation in order to enhance and modify color, and in particular, we're going to focus in on how we can use the Eyedropper tool, which we'll find inside of the Hue/Saturation dialog. We'll be working with this photograph that I captured of my daughter Annika. Well let's say that what we want to do is we want to modify the color of the shirt. We want to change the color and bring out a little bit of the saturation there. Well to do that, we'll use Hue/Saturation. Once you open up Hue/Saturation, click on this icon, which allows us to click on the image and sample colors.
Here I'll go ahead and click on that hue there. Once I've done that, it takes me to my magentas. Well here I can then make a change. Let's say, I want to change the color and make this a little bit more red. Next, we can increase the saturation amount and you can see that primarily we're targeting this area. Yet as I make other color adjustments and as I experiment a little bit here, what we might discover is that we haven't selected all of the color. For example, you can see that there are certain areas which aren't changing, well you can add to the selection by using this eyedropper, which is the eyedropper with the plus icon, and then when I like click and drag around or just click on these different areas, you can see that we'll then add those areas to my selection.
If ever you click on something that you don't want to select, like I've done here, well just press Command+Z on the Mac or Ctrl+Z on Windows, or if you've selected colors that you want to remove, you can use the eyedropper icon with a minus. Well let's go back to the task at hand. I want to make this shirt a little bit more red. I'm going to increase the color saturation there. We can customize this color by making it more pink or more red. In this case, again, I'm going for something like this. In order to see the results, we just click on the eye icon that shows us now our before and then after.
And by using these eyedroppers, well they allow us to get really precise with color. They allow us to make adjustments like this which are specific and really complicated. And you know these kind of adjustments, they wouldn't work if we were using a Selection tool, and they might be tricky if we're just using replace color, but by making all of these adjustments here, well we have a lot of flexibility in regards the way that we're changing this particular color, and also this gives us precise control about how this color is being changed.
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