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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.
Because the Quick Select tool is such a powerful tool, let's take a look at one more example in regards to how we can use this tool, and also pick up a few other tips along the way. Here I have this portrait of a world champion athlete, Chris Lieto. One of his sponsors is Oakley sunglasses. Let's say that what we want to do is we want to work on this image a little bit, and we want to make a selection in order to change, perhaps, the color of the sunglasses, or just kind of come up with a creative effect here. Let's go ahead and zoom in on the photo a little bit. We can do so by pressing Command+Plus on a Mac, Ctrl+Plus on a PC. Then hold down the Spacebar key and click and drag to reposition.
Let's select the Quick Select tool. One of the things that I want to point out here, if I zoom in really close, I'm going to go ahead and make a selection around the glasses. So I'm going to click and drag. As I do that, I haven't let go of my cursor yet, but you can notice that there is some areas that don't need to be selected around the edge. Well, once I let go, it's going to then correct those edges. Again, over here, click, and then let go, and it kind of cleans up my selections. All right. Well, go ahead and zoom out a little bit here, and I'll do so by pressing Command+Minus on a Mac, Ctrl+Minus on a PC.
Now that I have that area selected, I can decide to make a change to that area. Again, the marching ants are defining the selected area. It's whatever that's inside of that, which will then be modified. I'll do so by navigating to my Image pulldown menu, choosing Adjustments, and then selecting Hue/Saturation: again, a really simple way to make a color change. In this case, I'm going to click and drag one way or another in order to simply come up with another creative way to, perhaps, process this image. Okay, great! Well, I go ahead and apply that by clicking OK.
Well, now at this juncture, let's say that we decided it would really be nice to affect everything else as well, everything but the sunglasses. Well, how would we do that? Again, navigate to our Select pulldown menu, choose Inverse, and go back to Hue/Saturation. Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation. Here's what I'm going to do, perhaps, is de-saturate the background. So, now what we have is this effect where we have removed the color everywhere in the photograph except for in the sunglasses.
Let's click OK to apply this, and then let's press Command+D on a Mac or Ctrl+D on a PC, in order to deselect.
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