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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.
In this movie we are going to continue to work on the file that we worked on in the previous movie, its titled poopy. psd. Go ahead and open that one up into Photoshop and then press F to go to Full Screen View mode and then press the Spacebar key and reposition the image. All right, well, I want to add a mask to my Background layer. To do that I need to rename this layer, double-click it, we'll name this one, flower all right. Now let's add a Layer Mask and we'll do that by clicking on the icon in the Masks panel. All right, now that I have a mask and we go ahead and choose Color Range.
Now when Color Range opens up, I can see that it's already started the sample something for me. So I'm going to go ahead and grab my Eyedropper and click on this area. I can see the beginning of an orange flower there, how can I add to that? Well I can increase the Fuzziness to kind of build that out. I can also grab one of these Eyedroppers here and I can click either on the image here or the image over here. It does the exact same thing; it's just two different places to click. So I'm just clicking around this, looking to add some different colors or tones to this particular file. I'm going to go ahead and do that, decrease the Fuzziness a little bit, because I want to get that background nice and clean.
Just to make sure I'm sampling all of these different areas in the flower and that's pretty good, I think. I think we are in good shape. Let's double check, make sure I have all that down there. That one was a very good, I need to undo that and I think I'm in good shape. Okay, now I'm going to go ahead and click OK, all right, what do I have? Well I have a mask that was created based on the color that I sampled. Using that Color Range dialog window, kind of interesting, isn't it? Now how then can I use that mask? Well' let me show you, here is what we are going to do. I'll click on the Adjustment layer icon and choose Hue/Saturation or I'll click on the Adjustments panel and click on the Hue/Saturation icon here and then desaturate 100 points.
Okay, well, so far so good, what I then want to do is actually bring this mask up to this layer. Well, here is how you can do that. On a Mac you hold down the Option key, on a PC, you hold down the Alt key and you click-and-drag that Layer Mask into the layer above it. Say Replace the Layer Mask Yes, definitely. Now, when I replace the Layer Mask what's happening is the white is revealing the desaturation just in the middle of the image, the black is concealing it. Now there is kind of a problem, because I also have a mask down here, I need to get rid of that mask. There is a couple of different ways to do that but for now let's just go ahead and drag that to the Trash Can so it's gone and we'll go ahead and delete that mask. Okay, well so far so good we are getting close, right. Simply have the opposite, the exact opposite effect that we want.
Here is the effect that we want, we'll click in the Layer Mask, we'll go to the Masks panel and then choose Invert. Now at this juncture what we have is this nice bright livid flower everything else desaturated. Now it's kind of an interesting effect then we can use this effect for a number of different reasons. One is to create this type of stylize look or we can simply say, you know what I kind of want to just reduce the colors in the background so we are just kind of pulling those out a little bit. But I don't want to reduce the color in the flower; I really want that to snap. So we can use this in order to attract the tension to different aspects of our photograph or of course we can do something like this which is a little bit more extreme.
So then the question is, why do this? What was the point of this movie? Well' the point was a couple of things. One was to begin to show you how you can work with Color Range in order to create a mask. Then two, it was to show you that you that you can use a mask that you created on one layer. You can then copy and paste that on to another layer and use that in another place. And a lot of times what happens in masking is you do the exact opposite of what you think you should and you are like, oh shoot I messed up, but it's no big deal, because you can always invert the mask in order to flip it and then come up with the results that you actually need.
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