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Using Selective Color to create vibrant color

From: Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching

Video: Using Selective Color to create vibrant color

The next step that I want to take with this photograph is I want to make some of the colors in this picture even more vivid, and I am going to do that using Selective Color. Selective Color is really fascinating and powerful. If we click on the icon for adjustment layers, here we can choose Selective Color down at the bottom of the mix here, or we can always click on that as well here in the Adjustments panel. Next, with the Selective Color open, you notice that you have these different channels, or these different colors that you can target. For example, let's say that we want to change the overall color characteristics of the garment. Rather than having this be cyan, we could make this a little bit more blue by working with these sliders.

Using Selective Color to create vibrant color

The next step that I want to take with this photograph is I want to make some of the colors in this picture even more vivid, and I am going to do that using Selective Color. Selective Color is really fascinating and powerful. If we click on the icon for adjustment layers, here we can choose Selective Color down at the bottom of the mix here, or we can always click on that as well here in the Adjustments panel. Next, with the Selective Color open, you notice that you have these different channels, or these different colors that you can target. For example, let's say that we want to change the overall color characteristics of the garment. Rather than having this be cyan, we could make this a little bit more blue by working with these sliders.

You can see how, as I change these amounts, I can change the overall color, and I can also change the Brightness value of the color as well. We can target more global colors, say, like the Reds, which will allow us to work with the color that we have here in the background. We could make that really vibrant and pink, and again, you can see how we can control that by using these various sliders. Also, it would be nice to change the Yellows. I want to make those more yellow, and also a bit more bright. So I'm going to go ahead and modify the amounts of these sliders here, and just bring up some of those values by trying to bring out a little bit more of the yellow that we have there.

In this case, I'm going for this really almost surreal color palette, which fits this type of a fashion photograph. Not only can we see the changes in the makeup, but we're also seen those changes in other areas of our photograph as well. As you make your way through these different channels, you can target different aspects of your photographs. Whether you want to change kind of your neutral midtones, you can select those, and then you change the overall color characteristics of the image. You could perhaps remove a little bit of the yellow, or add some more, and by doing that, you can see how I'm affecting the skin tone. Or you can get into specific channels, as we saw here, and as we looked at how we can modify just one color, and focus in on that.

All right. Well now that we've made these selective adjustments, we can see our overall before and after here. If we turn off the visibility of all that we've done, the original image, which we thought was so vibrant and alive, now seems a little bit lackluster and dull. But after having used that adjustment, where we worked with that Lab Color space, we brought in more vibrant color. If we click in the mask, and if we decrease the Density, we'll see even more vibrance and color variety there.

Here's before, and then after. And then, in addition to that, if we use this Selective Color technique, well, it can help us take these colors to a whole new place. Now, in this case, we've looked at how we can apply this color to the entire image; how we can really increase the overall color palette everywhere. If ever we wanted to apply these adjustments just to the makeup, we could, of course, create a mask, and then mask those in. Yet, with the picture like this, I think it works kind of well to have these colors everywhere.

Last, but not the least, before I wrap this up, I need to go back to the Reds here, and I just want to decrease those just a little bit here. I feel like those were a little bit too over the top. All right. Well here we have it: before, and then after. A valuable technique that we can use in order to enhance and really draw out the color in our photographs, whether we're working on the makeup, or the entire photograph.

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Photoshop for Photographers: Portrait Retouching

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  1. 1m 58s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. Using the exercise files
      54s
  2. 6m 49s
    1. Initial retouching considerations
      3m 51s
    2. Using a Wacom tablet
      1m 8s
    3. Exploring resources and finding inspiration
      1m 50s
  3. 37m 21s
    1. Where to begin?
      1m 19s
    2. Reviewing the basic cleanup tools
      3m 59s
    3. Removing small distractions
      2m 41s
    4. Using selections and cloning to remove distractions
      4m 26s
    5. Simplifying the background with the Clone tool
      5m 12s
    6. Removing a garment strap
      5m 17s
    7. Removing a distracting logo
      3m 43s
    8. Removing lint from a T-shirt
      3m 40s
    9. Cleaning up a backdrop with Content-Aware Fill
      2m 58s
    10. Cleaning up a backdrop with the Patch tool
      4m 6s
  4. 22m 31s
    1. Extending a real-world scene, part 1
      4m 6s
    2. Extending a real-world scene, part 2
      4m 20s
    3. Removing distractions for a creative effect
      4m 31s
    4. Using selections and Free Transform to rebuild image elements
      3m 44s
    5. Moving a person with Content-Aware Move
      5m 50s
  5. 28m 48s
    1. Removing small details from the face
      4m 50s
    2. Retouching skin
      4m 35s
    3. Reducing hotspots, part 1
      4m 32s
    4. Reducing hotspots, part 2
      4m 36s
    5. Reducing brightness with selections and curves
      3m 26s
    6. Using Hue/Saturation to minimize variations in skin color
      3m 45s
    7. Removing tan lines
      1m 53s
    8. Leaving imperfections in portraits
      1m 11s
  6. 37m 15s
    1. Correcting tone with curves and masking
      5m 39s
    2. Fixing exposure and color with curves
      4m 14s
    3. Correcting tone with blending modes and masking
      5m 22s
    4. Using Shadows/Highlights to improve exposure
      5m 28s
    5. Using Soft Light layer blending to burn and dodge
      4m 37s
    6. Exploring the burning-and-dodging workflow
      6m 35s
    7. Using multiple techniques to improve shadows and highlights
      5m 20s
  7. 22m 42s
    1. Reducing wrinkles with the Healing Brush
      7m 21s
    2. Working on wrinkles and details
      6m 51s
    3. Fine-tuning and making final adjustments on wrinkles
      3m 44s
    4. Quick wrinkle reduction with the Patch tool
      4m 46s
  8. 43m 27s
    1. Enhancing eyes with adjustment layers and blending
      4m 7s
    2. Adding sparkle to the eyes
      4m 38s
    3. Increasing color with Colorize and blending modes
      5m 37s
    4. Rebuilding the edge of the eye
      6m 34s
    5. Whitening eyes, part 1
      3m 54s
    6. Whitening eyes, part 2
      5m 42s
    7. Removing eye veins and sharpening eyes behind glasses
      7m 8s
    8. Correcting color and tone behind glasses
      5m 47s
  9. 11m 26s
    1. Trimming eyebrows
      5m 25s
    2. Darkening eyebrows
      2m 48s
    3. Adding mascara to darken eyelashes
      3m 13s
  10. 16m 47s
    1. Enhancing lip color and tone with curves and masking
      4m 23s
    2. Using Color Balance and blending modes to improve the look of lips
      7m 41s
    3. Improving the look of lips with the Burn and Dodge tools
      4m 43s
  11. 13m 49s
    1. Teeth whitening made easy
      2m 33s
    2. Exploring advanced teeth whitening
      5m 0s
    3. Automating teeth whitening with actions
      5m 9s
    4. A note on retouching facial features
      1m 7s
  12. 35m 22s
    1. Covering and correcting hair discoloration
      5m 48s
    2. Fixing the color of hair roots
      3m 3s
    3. Making creative color adjustments to hair
      2m 44s
    4. Patching a gap in hair
      4m 27s
    5. Removing flyaway hairs
      6m 18s
    6. Fixing flyaway hairs with a complicated background
      5m 57s
    7. Adding accents and creative color to a fashion photograph
      7m 5s
  13. 27m 22s
    1. Brightening shadow areas on the face
      4m 22s
    2. Adding color to the cheeks and eyelids
      4m 30s
    3. Modifying eye makeup color
      3m 52s
    4. Increasing color saturation and variety
      4m 17s
    5. Enhancing color with the Lab Color space
      5m 44s
    6. Using Selective Color to create vibrant color
      3m 29s
    7. Additional makeup resources
      1m 8s
  14. 23m 15s
    1. High-pass skin softening
      6m 48s
    2. Creating a mask for the skin
      4m 23s
    3. Softening and adding even texture to the skin
      5m 36s
    4. Adding a soft glow to the skin and details
      6m 28s
  15. 34m 36s
    1. Adding dimension using curves and masking
      3m 50s
    2. Reshaping a jawline with Liquify
      4m 30s
    3. Reshaping a shirt with Liquify
      3m 13s
    4. Reshaping a shoulder with Liquify
      3m 22s
    5. Reshaping the body with Liquify
      2m 35s
    6. Using the Warp tool to reshape a jawline
      3m 33s
    7. Modifying the body with the Warp tool
      3m 35s
    8. Changing shape with selections and masking
      8m 32s
    9. Tips for thoughtful portrait retouching
      1m 26s
  16. 36s
    1. Goodbye
      36s

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