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Using the Refine Radius tool


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Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Advanced

with Deke McClelland

Video: Using the Refine Radius tool

In this movie, I'll show you how to use the Refine Radius tool which is a tool that's available to you exclusively when you're working inside the Refine Edge or Refine Mask dialog box. So here I am looking at that same image from the previous movie. I've applied a Radius of 20 pixels, and turned on the Smart Radius checkbox. Now what we need to do is go ahead and scroll our way up to the hair; maybe zoom out a click, because that's a little too close. Now, notice that as I'm moving my cursor inside the image window it's a brush, and that brush represents this tool right there; the Refine Radius tool, which allows you to brush more radius into your image, that is, you're brushing in a larger area of edge detection.
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  1. 30m 4s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 19s
    2. Loading the dekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      6m 5s
    3. Remapping your Macintosh OS shortcuts
      3m 4s
    4. Adjusting a few general preferences
      4m 3s
    5. Using the visual HUD color picker
      2m 2s
    6. The interface and performance settings
      5m 31s
    7. Adjusting the color settings in Photoshop
      7m 0s
  2. 47m 0s
    1. Smart Objects
      1m 36s
    2. Three ways to place a Smart Object
      3m 6s
    3. Copying and pasting from Adobe Illustrator
      4m 11s
    4. Transforming and warping a vector object
      4m 48s
    5. Blending a Smart Object into a photograph
      3m 10s
    6. Blurring with a nested Smart Filter
      4m 57s
    7. Editing a Smart Object in Illustrator
      3m 20s
    8. Creating "true clones"
      3m 50s
    9. Duplicating a group of clones
      2m 53s
    10. Breaking the Smart Object link
      2m 53s
    11. Styling and blending Smart Objects
      2m 44s
    12. Editing originals; updating clones
      3m 41s
    13. Removing people from a scene with Median
      5m 51s
  3. 29m 59s
    1. Luminance meets sharpening
      1m 2s
    2. Correcting for lens distortion
      4m 39s
    3. Introducing Shadows/Highlights
      3m 54s
    4. Mitigating halos with Radius values
      4m 19s
    5. Enhancing the effects of Midtone Contrast
      3m 18s
    6. Creating a "bounce" with Gaussian Blur
      3m 29s
    7. Sharpening on top of blur
      2m 47s
    8. Masking a group of Smart Filters
      2m 53s
    9. Reducing the density of a layer mask
      3m 38s
  4. 49m 10s
    1. Using Curves
      2m 40s
    2. Introducing the Curves adjustment
      7m 36s
    3. Adding and editing points on a curve
      6m 27s
    4. Winning Curves tips and tricks
      8m 12s
    5. Correcting a challenging image
      6m 33s
    6. Selecting and darkening highlights
      4m 39s
    7. Neutralizing colors and smoothing transitions
      6m 6s
    8. The new automatic Curves function
      6m 57s
  5. 1h 31m
    1. Camera Raw
      2m 11s
    2. Opening and editing multiple images
      8m 1s
    3. Correcting white balance
      4m 8s
    4. The revamped Exposure controls
      8m 8s
    5. Working with archival images
      7m 54s
    6. The Spot Removal and Graduated Filter tools
      6m 4s
    7. Painting edits with the Adjustment Brush
      7m 23s
    8. Tone Curves (and why you don't need them)
      5m 57s
    9. Straighten, crop, and geometric distortions
      5m 17s
    10. Applying manual lens corrections
      5m 14s
    11. Vignette, chromatic aberration, and fringe
      6m 49s
    12. Selective hue, saturation, and luminance
      6m 36s
    13. Working with JPEG and TIFF images
      6m 36s
    14. Camera Raw Smart Objects
      6m 48s
    15. Editing Camera Raw images from Bridge
      4m 24s
  6. 32m 30s
    1. Duotones
      1m 23s
    2. Creating a professional-quality sepia tone
      4m 18s
    3. Introducing the Gradient Map adjustment
      5m 42s
    4. Loading a library of custom gradients
      3m 48s
    5. Creating a custom quadtone
      5m 48s
    6. Colorizing with blend modes and Opacity
      4m 6s
    7. Creating a faux-color, high-key effect
      7m 25s
  7. 1h 6m
    1. Noise vs. Details
      1m 28s
    2. Introducing the Reduce Noise filter
      7m 29s
    3. Correcting a noisy photo
      5m 33s
    4. Smoothing over high-contrast noise
      5m 50s
    5. Protecting details with an edge mask
      4m 52s
    6. Adjusting overly saturated shadows
      3m 35s
    7. Correcting with High Pass and Lens Blur
      3m 45s
    8. Brushing away blur and sharpening
      6m 42s
    9. Creating texture by adding noise
      5m 28s
    10. The Camera Raw Detail panel
      7m 8s
    11. Correcting noise and detail in Camera Raw
      8m 10s
    12. Adding noise grain and vignetting effects
      6m 47s
  8. 44m 30s
    1. Blur Gallery
      1m 36s
    2. Creating depth-of-field effects in post
      5m 29s
    3. Modifying your Field Blur settings
      4m 57s
    4. Editing and exporting a Field Blur mask
      6m 15s
    5. Adding a synthetic light bokeh
      3m 52s
    6. Using the Selection Bleed option
      7m 29s
    7. Creating a radial blur with Iris Blur
      6m 59s
    8. Creating "fake miniatures" with Tilt-Shift
      4m 35s
    9. Combining multiple Blur Gallery effects
      3m 18s
  9. 1h 34m
    1. Blend Modes
      1m 16s
    2. Using the Dissolve mode
      9m 47s
    3. Multiply and the darken modes
      8m 30s
    4. Screen and the lighten modes
      8m 10s
    5. Cleaning up and integrating a bad photo
      6m 38s
    6. Blending inside blend modes
      6m 55s
    7. Overlay and the contrast modes
      6m 53s
    8. A few great uses for the contrast modes
      9m 7s
    9. Difference, Exclusion, Subtract, and Divide
      5m 5s
    10. Capturing the differences between images
      4m 18s
    11. Hue, Saturation, Color, and Luminosity
      4m 45s
    12. Blend mode shortcuts
      6m 21s
    13. The Fill Opacity Eight
      8m 57s
    14. Using the luminance-exclusion slider bars
      8m 8s
  10. 44m 20s
    1. Color Range
      1m 14s
    2. Introducing the Color Range command
      7m 24s
    3. Selecting a complex image with Color Range
      5m 49s
    4. Refining a selection in the Quick Mask mode
      7m 4s
    5. Viewing a mask with or without its image
      4m 24s
    6. Painting directly inside an alpha channel
      5m 39s
    7. Correcting fringes around a masked layer
      8m 5s
    8. Turning a layer into a knockout
      4m 41s
  11. 59m 43s
    1. Refine Edges
      1m 28s
    2. Laying down a base layer mask
      6m 49s
    3. Introducing the Refine Edge/Mask command
      7m 57s
    4. Edge detection and Smart Radius
      4m 42s
    5. Using the Refine Radius tool
      7m 31s
    6. The transformative power of Refine Edge
      3m 37s
    7. Perfecting a mask with overlay painting
      10m 58s
    8. Combining Quick Selection with Refine Mask
      10m 37s
    9. Bolstering and integrating hair
      6m 4s
  12. 1h 18m
    1. The Pen tool
      1m 50s
    2. Pixel-based masking versus the Pen tool
      6m 45s
    3. Drawing a straight-sided path outline
      6m 57s
    4. Moving, deleting, and adding anchor points
      6m 10s
    5. Dragging control handles to modify curves
      5m 27s
    6. Converting a path outline to a vector mask
      5m 36s
    7. Customizing a geometric shape
      5m 53s
    8. How to position points and control handles
      7m 7s
    9. Drawing smooth points with the Pen tool
      8m 7s
    10. Duplicating and scaling a vector mask
      5m 21s
    11. Cusp points and the Rubber Band option
      6m 21s
    12. Setting anchor points in the pasteboard
      6m 8s
    13. Using the Convert Point tool
      6m 43s

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Photoshop CS6 One-on-One: Advanced
11h 8m Advanced Sep 12, 2012

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The third part of the popular and comprehensive series Photoshop CS6 One-on-One follows industry pro Deke McClelland as he plunges into the inner workings of Adobe Photoshop. He shows how to adjust your color, interface, and performance settings to get the best out of your images and the most out of Photoshop, and explores the power of Smart Objects, Shadows/Highlights, and Curves for making subtle, nondestructive adjustments. The course dives into Camera Raw to experiment with the editing toolset there, and returns to Photoshop to discuss toning, blur, and blend modes. Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details and reducing noise, as well as creating quick and accurate selections with Quick Mask, Color Range, and Refine Edge commands.

Topics include:
  • Adjusting the color settings in Photoshop
  • Placing and blending Smart Objects in a scene
  • Transforming and warping vector objects
  • Correcting for lens distortion
  • Mitigating halos and enhancing contrast with Shadows/Highlights
  • Adding and editing points on a curve
  • Editing multiple images in Camera Raw
  • Creating a pro-quality sepia tone or quadtone
  • Colorizing with blend modes and opacity
  • Reducing and smoothing over noise
  • Creating depth-of-field effects with blur
  • Selecting with Color Range and Quick Mask
  • Perfecting a mask with Refine Edge
  • Drawing paths with the Pen tool
  • Converting path outlines to vector masks
Subjects:
Design Raw Processing
Software:
Photoshop Camera Raw
Author:
Deke McClelland

Using the Refine Radius tool

In this movie, I'll show you how to use the Refine Radius tool which is a tool that's available to you exclusively when you're working inside the Refine Edge or Refine Mask dialog box. So here I am looking at that same image from the previous movie. I've applied a Radius of 20 pixels, and turned on the Smart Radius checkbox. Now what we need to do is go ahead and scroll our way up to the hair; maybe zoom out a click, because that's a little too close. Now, notice that as I'm moving my cursor inside the image window it's a brush, and that brush represents this tool right there; the Refine Radius tool, which allows you to brush more radius into your image, that is, you're brushing in a larger area of edge detection.

Now, you can change the size of your brush up here in the options bar. Notice, in my case, it's set to 25, or you can press one of the square bracket keys. Now, in a Mac, you're going to have no problems. On Windows, it's a little tricky, because the values get stuck, and so Photoshop isn't paying attention to you. What you need to do if you want to take advantage of the bracket key trick, is you need to turn on the Show Original checkbox, and then turn it back off, so that the option is kind of sticky there and then you can press the right bracket key to increase the size of the brush, or the left bracket key to reduce the size of the brush.

I'm going to increase the size of my brush to, say, 100 pixels, let's say, and then I'm going to start by brushing into that background; in between the hairs, that bit of beige background, then I am going to brush back and forth. And notice what a difference it makes. It goes ahead and gets rid of that background, and replaces it with blue right away, and the reason is, I just brushed in more radius. If I turn on the Show Radius checkbox, you can see I brushed in this region. Now, formerly -- if I press Control+Z, or Command+Z on the Mac -- that formerly looked like this. All right, so I'll press Control+Z, or Command+Z on the Mac, again to redo that modification, because you have one level of undo when working inside this dialog box.

Now I will turn Show Radius back off, and I will brush along this main row of porcupine quills in order to bring the individual strands of hair into the sky. And then I'll go ahead and brush into the back of this guy's head as well in order to get rid of the background that was showing through there, and I might as well brush into this sort of cowlick or whatever it is in order to get rid of any remaining remnants of that previous beige background. All right, now I am going to zoom in on the head, and notice this area, right there; this little bit of highlight that's showing through. I don't want that.

So I'm going to reduce the size my brush by pressing the left bracket key several times. Now you can go ahead and click and hold on the Refine Radius tool, and switch to the Erase Refinements tool, but you don't really need to. You can get to it on the fly. So I am just going to leave the Refine Radius tool selected, and I will press the Alt key, or the Option key on the Mac, and notice what was formerly a plus sign inside of my cursor becomes a minus sign, showing me that I can brush away Radius. So I want to say, all right, you know what Photoshop? Your edge detection isn't working so well here. So I'll go ahead and brush away at that forehead and we get back the original masked edge, which looks a lot better.

All right, here I think we could use some more edge detection. So I will just go ahead and brush some stuff in, as opposed to Alt+Dragging or Option+Dragging, and then I might sort of zoom in at this location, reduce the size of my cursor some more, and press the Alt key, or the Option key on the Mac, to brush away some of the front of the sunglasses there. Let's see what else we've got. We might have some problems in the guy's nose. So we'll Alt+Drag or Option+Drag inside the tip of the nose there in order to restore the original appearance of that nose. We know we've got some problems in the chin, so I will Alt+Drag or Option+Drag like that, and that goes and reinstates the better version of the chin.

It might not be exactly what we are looking for, but we will have to fix that later. And then I will go ahead and brush up along the mouth, and lips as well, in order to bring back those original edges. Here is a problem. Now, I don't want to just go ahead and Alt+ Drag or Option+Drag like that, because I'll get some of the old garbage that was no good. So I'll go ahead and press Control+Z, or Command+Z on a Mac, in order to reinstate the edge detection. And by the way, what you are brushing back to is what you had before you chose the command in the first place. So if you ever want to test what's going on in a region, then you turn on Show Original, and you decide, well, is it better, or is it worse? If it's better, then I need to brush it away.

If it's worse, I need to leave it intact. In my case, it's worse right at this corner location; however, it's better along the red collar. So I'll turn Show Original back on, so I can see what I'm doing, and I'll Alt+Drag just right along here, like so, and that goes ahead and gives us back the good stuff that we had before, while keeping the new good stuff as well. I might just go ahead and reduce the size of my cursor a little bit, and click right there in order to make sure that I have that corner. I'll go ahead and brush along here too, and that helps that whisker area tremendously actually.

All right, now I want to scroll, and here on Windows,if I want to Spacebar+drag inside the image window, I have to click inside a numerical value to make it active. What a pain in the neck! Again, you lucky Macintosh people don't have to worry about it. And I'll scroll my way over to the shoulder here, and notice that it's a bit of a problem, so I will Alt+Drag or Option+Drag along the shoulder in order to reinstate it, so we are not seeing any of that bad blue. All right, let's go ahead and zoom out by pressing Control+Minus, or Command+Minus on the Mac, and see what we've got. And things are actually looking pretty darn good I think.

I might just try pressing the right bracket key a few times in order to increase the size of my brush, and painting right back there in order to see if I can get some more blue into that hair region, and I think this is it. Now, there's one last option I will show you, but I am going to tell you that I don't care for it. And it's this one down here: Decontaminate Colors. It's located in the Output options. Notice, Output To is set to Layer Mask. That means when you click OK, you're going to modify the layer mask. If you turn on Decontaminate Colors, which is going to try to modify the actual colors inside the image in order to better match the new background, then you're going to see a slight shift in the colors in the hair.

They're going to get a little more purplish, and then you can increase that Amount value to make them even still more purplish, or what have you. In my case, it looks like it's filling out the hairs, which seems like a great thing. The problem is, we are going to output this image to a new layer with a layer mask. The layer mask is going be the same layer mask, but we are going to be modifying the colors inside the layer, and we are not going to be modifying the colors uniformly. That's a problem. The color shifts only happen right around the edge of the mask, which means if you need to go back and make manual modifications to the layer mask, which we do, then the new colors won't look right at all.

So if you've been following along with me, what I am going to ask you to do is turn off Decontaminate Colors, and then switch Output To back to Layer Mask, because we want to make permanent modifications to that layer mask. All right, I am going to Alt+Drag in that little area of hair there in order to reinstate the opaque hair, and I might do the same right here and see what I come up with, because we are going a little too far with those modifications. Let's see; if I Alt+Drag or Option+Drag up there, now we've gone too far with getting rid of the edge detection, so I'll go ahead and drag, like so. This time I am dragging; not Alt+Dragging or Option+Dragging, and I end up with this result, which I think is about as good as I am going to do where this command is concerned.

So we'll go ahead and press Control+0, or Command+ 0 on the Mac, to center my zoom, and then I'll click OK in order to accept my modifications. And that's how you take advantage of the powerful world of automatic edge detection, using a combination of the Radius value, the Smart Radius checkbox, and the custom Refine Radius tool available to you only when you're working inside the Refine Edge or Refine Mask dialog box.

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