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In Photoshop CS6 Essential Training, Julieanne Kost demonstrates how to produce high-quality images in a short amount of time, using a combination of Adobe Photoshop CS6, Bridge, and Camera Raw.
The course details the Photoshop features and creative options, and shows efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, retouching, and combining multiple images. Along the way, the course explores techniques for nondestructive editing and compositing using layers, blending modes, layer masks, and much more.
A lot of times when you're making a selection in order to change just a portion of your image, the Selection tools will get you 90% of the way there and then it becomes much easier to simply refine the mask with a paintbrush and this is a perfect example of that scenario. So I'm going to tap the W key that will give me my Quick Select tool and I want to select the jacket. So we'll start up here in the collar and click and drag and so far it seems to be doing a decent job because there's contrast between the jacket and the background.
It does an okay job down here, but then when I get to the highlight area because the wall is so bright and the highlight on the jacket is so light, it's just not going to be able to make the selection to the precision that I need. But that's okay. I am going to get the selection like 85% or 90% of the way there. Now in order to subtract this area that I don't want selected, I'll hold down the Option or the Alt key. We can trim that back and we can trim this area back too. Now if I zoom in to 100% by using Cmd+1, use the Spacebar in order to move around, you can see that this actually does need quite a bit of work still. But that's okay.
I am going to go ahead and add the adjustment that I want to make. In this case, I want to add some color to the jacket. So I'm going to use the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and that's this icon right here in the Adjustment panel. So I click on that and then I'll choose to Colorize. Now, I'm going to apply a lot of Saturation to begin with because if I only apply a small amount, it's going to be hard for me to see where in the mask I need to refine it. So let's really move the Saturation up and we can choose any color we want.
I know that I'm going to eventually make the jacket blue. So we might as well start there. All right! Now I'll click away from my Properties panel and because I have set my panels to Auto-Collapse, as soon as I click anywhere away from the panel that panel will automatically collapse, so that I can see more of my image. Now we are on the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer's mask. If I wanted to see the mask, I could hold down the Option or Alt key and click and there is the mask, and you can see I really need to make some refinements over here on the right. All right! Let's click on the Eye icon so we can see our image and I'll tap the B key in order to select the paintbrush.
I'll use the Spacebar to move down my image and I need to check my foreground and background colors. You can see that I'm painting with black as my foreground color and I want to exchange the foreground and background so I'll tap the X key or I could click on the double-headed arrow here because I need to paint with white if I want to add the blue to the collar area right here. So I'm just going to carefully paint right around that edge. Now if I paint too far, all I need to do is tap the X key. That sets my paintbrush to paint with black.
And since black hides an adjustment, I can remove the adjustment from that area. I can also remove it from up here where it's just painting too much on the wall. All right! Now I'll hold down the Spacebar and move down a little bit. You can see that I've got too much paint here. Now one of the things that you will notice is when you're using a mouse or even if you're using a tablet, it's just more natural to paint in certain directions. So I'm going to hold down, I am not going to tap, but I am going to hold down the R key. The R key gives me, temporarily, my Rotation tool where I can rotate the canvas.
Now I am not rotating the pixels here. It's like I've got a piece of paper that I'm painting on and I'm moving the paper on the desk. So I am going to click and drag to the left because for me it's much more comfortable or much easier to paint left to right than it is up to town. So again, I will just hold down the R key that temporarily gives me the Rotate Angle tool and when I let go, I'm immediately taken back to the Brush tool. Now if you actually tap the R key, you will be on the Rotate View tool in which case all you need to do is tap the B key to come back to the Brush tool.
For me this is just much easier to paint going in this direction left to right than it is to paint going up and down. Now in this area, I can see that the mask falls short. So again, I'll tap the X key. That's going to exchange my foreground and background color and I'm just going to paint right along this edge. Paint up in here and paint down here. You can see wherever I am painting in the mask with white, I'm able to see that adjustment that I've applied, that colorization, that blue tint. Looks like we've missed an area over here as well, and let's use the Spacebar to move down.
Looks like I missed this area with that initial selection. I've missed this corner of the jacket as well. And then looking closely, it looks like I've selected too much here, so tap that X key, switching back and forth between painting with black and painting with white, and we'll just eliminate that. All right! I think we've got it all. So what I'll do is this time I will actually tap the R key, that's going to switch me back to the Rotate View tool and then I'll just click Reset View. So I didn't actually change any pixels when I was using the Rotate View tool, it just made the display differently, so that I could paint in a more comfortable position.
Now I'll use Cmd+ or Ctrl+0 to zoom back. I like what I see, but the effect is far too strong. So I can click on the icon for the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer here in my Layers panel. If I double-click on it, it will automatically pop up the Properties panel where I can then bring down the Saturation and just make that a much milder effect. I could also just darken the jacket a wee bit. You want to be careful because, look, if you move this slider over too much to the left, it just starts to look all flat.
So I don't want to move it very much, just maybe -5. The other thing that I just noticed when I did that do you see this hard edge on the left-hand side? I need to soften that a little bit. So let's bring this back to, like I said, maybe -5 and then let's switch over. I don't want to effect the adjustment now, I want to work on the mask. So I'll click on the Mask icon in the Properties panel and then I'll make sure that the Mask is targeted in my Adjustment layer. Now unfortunately, when I did that, the panel popped close. So let's go ahead and double-click on the mask here that will open back up the Properties panel and then I'm just going to add a slight Feather, so that we don't get that harsh edge on the left-hand side there, may be one or two pixels.
Of course, I want to go in to 100% so Cmd+ or Ctrl+1 in order to zoom to 100% just to check what I'm doing and tap the H key to get me the Hand tool or we could use the Spacebar and just move around the image and check one more time to make sure that that nice soft feather didn't actually change the mask in any way that is detrimental. Okay! So I like that. We'll go ahead and use Cmd+ or Ctrl+0 to zoom all the way back out and you can see that sometimes instead of struggling, using one of our kind of automated Selection tools, just use the tool to get as far as you can, 80% or 90% of the way there, and then you can simply click on the Mask and paint with your paintbrush using either black or white to paint in or to paint out the effect and you can refine that Mask until it perfectly matches the area that you're trying to affect.
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