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The majority of time when you're trying to make changes to an isolated portion of your image the selection tools will get you 90% of the way there. Then it becomes much easier to simply refine the mask with a paintbrush and that's exactly what we're going to do in this example. So I'll begin by tapping the W key. The W key is going to give me my quick select tool and I want to select the jacket. So I'll start clicking and dragging. In order to select the jacket. Now, Photoshop doesn't always stop at the edge of the jacket, so I'll just try to get it as accurate as possible, but don't worry if it doesn't quite select what you need, because, remember, I mentioned that sometimes these automated tools will only allow us to get 90% of the way there. Now if I need to subtract an area, I can hold down the Option key or the Alt key and then click and drag to subtract that.
I'll also hold down the option key and just subtract this area. And then I'll try to release the Option or the Alt key and just grab these darker areas down here. Alright so it looks like I have a pretty good selection but it is going to need refinement. Now instead of making a refinement to the marching ant, I'm going to go ahead and add an adjustment layer and then we can use our paintbrush on the mass. So on the Adjustments panel, I'll select the hue saturation adjustment layer. And I want to colorize the jacket. I want to make it a lot more saturated, and I want to make that blue. So I'll increase the saturation and then I'll scoot the hue over until I reach the blue that I want.
Now I'm applying it too heavy right now but this might help me as I'm going in an refining the mask. So let's go ahead and collapse the properties panel by clicking on the double headed arrow and then I'll tap the B key to access my brush tool. I'm mostly going to zoom in using command plus and I'm going to zoom til I get to 100% and then I'll use the space bar in order to reposition the photograph in my image area. Now I can see for example up here at the top I've missed a little bit of the jacket.
So, if we look at my mask by Option or Alt clicking on it, we can see that if I want to add a little bit more, I need to paint with white. So we'll click again on the Eye icon on the Hue saturation adjustment layer, and make sure that white is my foreground color. If it's my background color, I can simply tap the X key in order to exchange my foreground and background colors. And then we'll just paint to touch up this area. You might even want to zoom in again using Cmd Plus or Crtl Plus and then just paint around the edge of that jacket.
Now, if you accidentally paint too far into the image area, all you need to do is tap the x key to exchange your foreground and background colors. And then we can just paint that out. So I'm going to work my way around the edge of the coat here. And sometimes I find that when I'm painting it's much easier to actually rotate the view of the image. Now I'm not going to rotate the image itself, I'm not transforming anything. I'm just going to tap the R key. That's going to give me my Rotate View tool, and then I can click and drag and you can see where that compass, that's the identifier that I'm simply rotating the view here.
It's like I'm writing on a piece of paper and I've shifted the position of the piece of paper on the table. I haven't actually transformed the paper. And the reason I would do that is that then when I tap the b key again to get my brush tool, I just find it easier to paint in this direction, the left to right, as apposed to up and down. Alright, I can see that I've missed a whole area here so I will tap the x key again. That way I can make sure that I'm painting with white. Painting with white is going to reveal the adjustment layers in those areas.
And I'll just keep refining this edge. Here I see too much, so I'll tap the X key again. You can see why I loaded this or why I made such a drastic change to Hue and Saturation. It's just going to help me to identify the places that I am making a change to so that I can quickly see those places and then paint in or out with black or white to modify the mask. Alright, so let's just move right here. And I think I'm almost finished, just keep tapping that X key to go back and forth.
And, X again to remove this, of course, don't worry if you make a mistake and you paint out, just use Cmd Z or Ctrl Z in order to undo the last paint stroke. And then we'll just scoot up here. Okay, and when we're finished, to reset the rotate view, I'm going to tap the Escape key. And that will automatically bring me back so that there's no rotation. And then I'll use Cmd+0, or Ctrl-+0 on Windows, and that will zoom out. And now I can modify the amount of saturation by double clicking on the icon for the adjustment and then bringing down that amount of saturation, and I might also want to go over to the mask itself, so right here on the properties panel we can click on the mask icon and then over here on the right click to select the layer mask. We can add just a wee bit of a feather here just to soften up the edge of that mask.
Then I'll click on the double headed arrows in order to close that. So I think you'll find that when you use the selection tools like the quick sleect tool or the lasso tool, they can help you create that intitial selection and then after you've turned that selection into a mask, you can use the painting tools to go in and refine it to get exactly the mask you want.
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