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In this Photoshop for Designers course, Nigel French focuses on the tools and features in Photoshop designed for choosing, applying, and editing color. The course looks at concepts such as the color wheel and color harmonies as well as the practicalities of using the Color Picker, leveraging the power of color channels, and the characteristics of different color modes in Photoshop. The course includes exercises on correcting color, enhancing color, shifting and replacing colors, working with spot color channels, hand coloring black and white images, and designing with a reduced color palette.
In the previous movie I used the Vibrance adjustment to build density in a sky and I'd like to do the same here, because we have a very flat washed out sky. But Vibrance won't work here, because there really isn't enough color information for it to work with. If we take a look at the Info panel, we can see that the sky is a very flat light gray. So what I want to do instead is use a Selective Color adjustment and here is the finished version, so that's what it's going to do for us. I'm going to turn that off and recreate it.
Selective Color is right there, this adjustment is really intended to work with CMYK images. We have sliders that will affect the amount of cyan, magenta, yellow and black in each of our additive and subtracted primaries, as well as, our Blacks, Neutrals, and what we're after are Whites, so I'm going to go to the Whites. We really don't have the option of affecting our whites in quite the same way anywhere else, but Selective Color. So in the Whites what I'm going to do is I'm going to increase the cyan, and already, we can see that's affecting the sky.
I'm going to introduce some magenta into that, and I'm also going to introduce some black into that. Now I like the color of the sky, but of course, we now have a blue tint to all of our image, and I'm going to now mask off the rest of the image with the exception of the sky, so that we remove that blue tinge. So I'm on the layer mask of the Selective Color adjustment and I'm going to go to my Gradient tool, I want to make sure that I'm using a Foregrounds to Transparent Gradient and the black is my foreground color.
And then I'm going to make a few swipes with the gradient. I'm going to come up, and then in from the left, and then in from the right. The great thing about using a Foreground to Transparent Gradient is that you can build up your layer mask in multiple swipes. And there is our finished version and there is our before, washed out sky, and at after, blue sky.
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