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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 video we are going to talk about another Selection tool. It's called the Magic Wand. We're going to be working on this file jellyfish.jpg Let's go ahead and open that one up in Photoshop and you know if you thought the few previous movies are a little complicated, this one is going to be a breath of fresh air, it's going to be really easy. Navigate to Full Screen View mode by pressing the F key and then press the Spacebar to reposition this image, and now you can access the Magic Wand tool by pressing W or Shift+W. If you press Shift+W it will toggle back and forth between Quick Select and between the Magic Wand.
Now the Magic Wand tool kind of gets a bad wrap. Many people call this the Tragic Wand tool and they call it that because they say, you know what, this tool isn't very good, it's kind of a useless tool. Well, I kind of disagree, I think there was a time and a place when this tool will actually do quite a good job, and it's really simple to you. Here's how it works. I'm going to select the tool, we have a handful of different options. Tolerance, Anti-alias -that has to with smoothing- Contiguous. That has to do with colors or tones that are touching. Sample All Layers. All right, well let's talk about Tolerance. Well, if I have a low tolerance, and let's say I have love tolerance and I only like people who surf. Well, then I'm only going to have four friends. So if I click on this red stripe here, well, it's just a little tiny selection.
On the other hand let's say, well, you know I like people who surf, I also like people who sail, and I like people you scuba-dive, and then I click on this. Well, I have a little bit of a larger selection of friends so to speak. So the overall Tolerance setting for this tool allows us to create a larger or smaller selection. What I want to do is change the color of this red stripe. I want to change the color of the entirety of that thing. Well, I just taught myself that I know I need to have a pretty high tolerance amount, so I'm going to crank this up pretty high and then click on this area, and then click again, and it's going to extend that selection. Okay, well that looks pretty good, I'll then click on the Adjustments Tab and go to Hue/ Saturation just because Hue/Saturation is real nice visual way to see if I'm going in a good direction, say, hey, yeah, so far so good, change that to blue, and let's look at our Before and After.
Okay, pretty interesting! Now at Hue/ Saturation you have the option to Colorize that will mute the tones, it will give us a little bit more of a texture coming through. In this case you see I have a little more of a muted color change, yet it also is a little bit more realistic. Now if I want some more color saturation I can increase that and get a little bit more of a color snap as well, and I'm just going to go ahead and find a blue that I like may be a little bit more desaturated. I think that's pretty cool. And you know what, that was so incredibly simple. Although a lot of people call the Magic Wand tool, the Tragic Wand tool, I still find that there is place for this tool and I still find that sometimes it simplifies a process of making a selection as you can see with this movie.
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