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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.
In this movie I'll introduce you to the Heads Up Display Color Picker or HUD Color Picker for short, which allows you to select a color visually as opposed to dialing in values in the Color panel. Now you can change its behavior from the Preferences dialog box, but first, let me show you how it works. I'll go ahead and cancel out of here. You can get to the HUD Color Picker when any tool except for a Selection tool is active. An ideal candidate is the Brush tool, so I'll go ahead and select it, and then you have two very different keyboard shortcuts depending on whether you're working on a Mac or the PC.
On the PC you press Shift+Alt and you right-click inside of the Image window, and then you can go ahead and release the keys by the way, as long as you keep your mouse button down. And now at this point you can go ahead and drag inside of this strip in order to define a Hue value, then move over to the color field and drag horizontally to change the Saturation, or vertically, to change the Luminance. If you're working on a Mac, you want to press the Cmd+Ctrl+Opt keys and just click, you don't right-click.
So you just press those three keys right in a row and then you click and drag inside of your Image window, again, using any tool, except a Selection tool. Now this field and strip, that's the default configuration for the HUD Color Picker, but you can change it from the Preferences dialog box. So I'll go ahead and press Ctrl+K or Cmd+K on the Mac and then I am going to switch the Color Picker from Hue Strip (Small) and you can experiment with these other options if you like. But my favorite is the standard Hue Wheel. So I will go ahead and select that option and then click OK.
And now notice, if I press the Shift+Alt keys and right-click, that would be Cmd+Ctrl+Opt click on the Mac. I can drag around this wheel in order to change the Hue value and then I can drag inside the field, either horizontally to change the Saturation level, or up and down to change the Luminance, and then when you get the color you like, just release the mouse button. And that's how you work with the Heads Up Display Color Picker, here inside Photoshop.
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