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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.
Now that we know a little bit about working with the mask, what I want to do here is start to dig a bit deeper. And now I want to take a look at how we can work with creating a selection and also an adjustment layer. In order to make an adjustment to a specific area of our image, one of the things that you can do is you can create a selection using any of those selection techniques that we talked about in the last chapter. Let's go ahead and create a really simple selection here. Let's do so by pressing the M key to select the Marquee and then just click and drag over an area the image.
In this case, let's click and drag over the area of the surfer. Well, the next thing that I want to do is I want to create an adjustment so that everything is black and white except for this area. Well, one of the ways that we could do that would be to go to our Adjustments panel and to click on an icon, say Hue and Saturation. Well, you notice that when you do that, after having an active selection, it builds or creates a mask. You can see that mask here. White is revealing, black is concealing, so what I can do now is I can then make an adjustment here, let's say, desaturate and that's just affecting this area of the image.
And we can get really creative with this, say, for example, we could choose Colorize and we could then create some sort of a color effect. Well, that color effect is just affecting this part of the image. Well, you may have also noticed that in our Properties Inspector over here, we have a little Mask icon. The same icon as you'll find in the base of the Layers panel. Well, if you click on that icon. Rather, than focusing in on the adjustment, it'll go to some controls which we have for our mask. The first one is Density.
As you decrease the density, you'll notice that your mask changes. It's now gray, and also the adjustment changes. It's closer to white, so it's allowing more of this adjustment to kind of spill over into this other area. As we increase this or make this darker, well, we are then limiting that adjustment to that area. Well, what about feather? Well, we know that feathering in Photoshop has to do with softening edges. As I increase this, you can see it's really softening the edges there and you can also see those changes over here on my mask.
Well, another thing that we can do is we can invert or flip our mask. Remember that with masks, white reveals and black conceals? Well, if we click on the Invert button, that will then flip the logic here, so that now the white area is this really big area. That adjustment is being applied to everywhere but this center area. We could also go back to the adjustment as well, and here we could do something else, say we want to desaturate. So now everything is desaturated except for this area.
So, as you can see here in this example what you can do is you can start to work with what you know about selections and then once you have a selection, you can create different types of adjustments which allow you to adjust specific areas of your photographs.
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