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In Photoshop CS6 for Photographers, author, photographer, and teacher Chris Orwig explores Photoshop from the perspective of the photographer.
The course details the features and techniques behind enhancing and retouching photos, preparing them for print and online publishing, and much more. Chris demonstrates how to make basic edits in Camera Raw, develop and save color profiles, work with layers and selections, tone and sharpen, and retouch images while retaining their natural character.
Chris also shares some creative tips and project ideas, such as converting a photo to black-and-white and enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks. The course also covers workflow details, such as organizing images in Bridge and Mini Bridge, optimizing Photoshop preferences, and calibrating your monitor.
As we saw in the previous movies, sometimes that powerful Replace Color adjustment, well, it works just perfectly. In other situations what we're going to need to do is to combine some of our other techniques together in order to come up with the best results most efficiently, and let's take a look at how we can do that here with this portrait of this person who I really admire. He's a famous drummer and just a great person. You can see it in his eyes and in the smile on his face. The colors that I want to change here are on his shirt, and also on his hat.
So let's start off by duplicating the Background layer. We can do so by pressing Command+J or Ctrl+J. That's Command+J on a Mac, Ctrl+J on Windows. Next double-click in the layer name and let's name this new layer, shirt. Well, here in order to change the stripes what I'm going to do is navigate to the Image pulldown menu and then choose Adjustments and then Replace Color. In the Replace Color dialog, as you know, you can click on a color, say they like the stripes here and then change the Fuzziness amount in order to ensure that you have a good healthy selection, and also you want to make sure Localized Color Clusters is off.
Otherwise, as you can see here, well, it's selecting his hat partially. I don't want that. I just want those stripes, because I want these stripes to have a specific Hue. Here I'll go ahead and change them and you can see how we can modify this and what I'm looking for is something which is kind of like a nice navy blue. So I'll go ahead and change that color and then also the Saturation a little bit in order to dial that in. Well, now that we've made this adjustment, the next thing I want to do is focus in on the hat, and the reason why I need to do these two adjustments separately is because they're different brightness values, and if were to change them together, well, I just wouldn't have enough specific control.
So we make one adjustment as we've done here. We'll go ahead and click OK. The next adjustment I want to make is to his hat. Now I could go back to Replace Color, and we could try that by going to Image > Adjustments and then selecting that option. Yet in doing so if we're to click on his hat, we would quickly discover that there are other colors it'd pick up and it just wouldn't create that good of a selection. Moreover, if we start to see this it's going to be complicated, we want to think about, well, what else could I do? Well, the hats are pretty well-defined shape, why don't we just select it, and then create a mask and modify the color with an adjustment layer.
Well, let's do just that. Here we'll go ahead and zoom in on the image a little bit, by pressing Command+Plus on a Mac, Ctrl+Plus on Windows. Next, choose the Quick Select tool. Here we want a nice small brush, so you can press your left bracket key in order to have a small brush, and just click-and-drag around the hat in order to build up a selection of just that object. Now whenever you use Quick Select as we've learned previously, you always want to go to Refine Edge. Here in Refine Edge we can change the View.
One nice view might be On White as I have in order to see those edges, because those edges, they don't look very good. Turn on Smart Radius and just increase that a little bit. We can also Smooth this out maybe a couple points, a little bit of Feather, and then add some Contrast to those edges. Okay great. Well, we now have a good selection of the hat and we made that selection really easily, perhaps more easily had we used Replace Color. Next, we'll click OK just to output this to a selection.
Well, now that we have the hat selected, we could then click on one of our Adjustment layers. For example, we could try Hue/Saturation. Hue/Saturation has an option called Colorize which we've seen previously and this is great because it allows us to change the color really easily, and let's go for something which has a nice blue. We can control the Opacity of that and also the Lightness or darkness of that particular color that we're trying to modify. Here I'm just looking for a color, which is a little bit say closer to the color that we have on the shirt.
By doing this, by customizing these two tones, it allows me to then dial this in, in real specific ways. You know sometimes when it comes to making changes to your photographs like this, it's all about knowing which tools to use and sometimes it means using the tool perhaps like Replace Color or using some of your other skills that you've already developed in regards to selections, and masking, and Adjustment layers as we have here. Alright, well, now that we've made these adjustments, let's go ahead and take a look at our overall progress. Here it is.
There is before and now here's after. And by making those changes, you know what we've done, we've really changed the overall mood or expression of this image. And that's what's so interesting about making adjustments like this, is you can really modify or change your photographs in some fascinating ways. The other advantage to doing this is that we have some flexibility. In other words, we can always lower the Opacity or turn off these layers, if we don't like those adjustments. So when you're seeking to make adjustments which are pretty significant like this, always do them in a way that has some built-in flexibility so that you can change this after the fact, in case you don't like those adjustments.
Well, here at this image I think these adjustments are kind of fun and they work well. So with this particular project, it's a wrap.
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