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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers provides comprehensive Photoshop training targeting the needs of photographers. In this course, author Chris Orwig demonstrates the fundamental skills used to enhance digital photos, including managing and correcting color, sharpening, making selections and adjustments, retouching, and printing from Photoshop. In addition to teaching the techniques that enable photographers to refine and publish their photos, the course includes live-action segments that encourage thinking photographically and shooting with Photoshop’s capabilities in mind. Exercise files are included with the course.
There is just something fascinating and interesting about old wooden cameras. If you've never used a wooden camera, I definitely recommend you put that on your list to do at least once in your life - really fun to do. Well, here, let's go ahead and begin to take a look at how we can use some of our Marquee Selection tools. You can find those in the Tools panel, right underneath the Move tool. These allow us to make selections of particular shapes. For example, if we select the Rectangular Marquee tool, what we can do is we can hover over our image, and let's say we want a make a selection of this rectangular area of the camera -- what we can do is we can start at one point and then click and drag, and extend this out in order to select that area.
So, now we've made a selection just of this shape. This tool can be really helpful when you do have fixed shapes, or when you need to, perhaps, even create a fixed shape. In this case, you can see the area that we selected. We could then go ahead and select the Move tool and then click and drag in order to reposition this. Well, in this case, I don't really want to do that, except to illustrate how this tool works. So, let's press Command+Z on a Mac, or Ctrl+Z on a PC. Now, the next thing that I want to do is I want to deselect.
Let's do that by way of shortcut: Command+D on a Mac or Ctrl+D on a PC. Let's take a look at the other Marquee tool. If we click on the Rectangular Marquee, we can then, underneath it, select Elliptical. Now, this is really fascinating how this one works. What we can do is select in a point. Let's say we want to select the lens here and brighten that up, or add a little saturation to it. We could go ahead and click and drag and extend this out. Now the problem is if our click wasn't good, this first little point here, it's going to be kind of hard to make a good selection.
Well, what you can do is you can make this selected area and then don't let go of your mouse button. Press the Spacebar key and then you can drag this around. You can do this with any of the selections, whether it's a Lasso tool, or the Rectangular Marquee. And here, we'll take a look at it with Elliptical. So, with the Spacebar pressed, I'm going to reposition, resize my selection, press the Spacebar, reposition, resize, and I'm resizing by simply clicking and dragging. All right. Well, now I'll let go, so that I just have the center area, or the lens here, selected.
Next, navigate to Image, and Adjustments, then I'll choose Hue/Saturation. There are so many different adjustments that we could make, but I'm trying to keep it simple here, so I'll just go ahead and simply increase the Saturation, maybe look at colors, see if I can change the color. Click on Preview. Here is before and then after. Let's make that a little bit stronger, so you can actually see it. Now here is our before and then after, just affecting this area of the image, because we made a selection with that particular tool.
To apply that adjustment, we would simply click OK.
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