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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.
In this movie we are going to continue to talk about Quick Selections and we are also going to talk about Color Range. We are working on the file annika_bike.psd, so double-click to open that one up in Photoshop. F to go to Full Screen View mode and then zoom in a little bit. And here we have this photo of my daughter Annika, riding one of her little bikes here. What I want do at this particular photo is I want to change the color of her jacket. So I'm going to zoom in even a little bit further so we can see how this is going to work. I'm going to go for the Quick Select tool and here I have the Quick Select tool. I know I can click to paint to select an area, and as I do that I'm slowly selecting this particular jacket. Now it's the same jacket she was wearing in the previous movie; she is just a little bit older in this one.
And I go ahead and select up here and then I want to select the sleeve. Now when I do that, I'll click on the sleeve and you notice that what happened was it selected the sleeve as well as the grass. Now I could remove the grass by holding on the Option key on a Mac/ Alt key on a PC and then paint that away. But I want to show you another trick, so undo that, Command+Z on a Mac/Ctrl+Z on a PC. If you know there is a selection that you don't want Quick Mask to select, you can actually educate Quick Mask and here's how. You hold down the Option key on a Mac/Alt key on a PC and I'm going to paint over this grass area. Now what I'm doing here is I'm saying, hey, Quick Mask, this is definitely an area I don't want to select. I'm also going to paint over the hand and over the jeans and this area here just saying, you know what, this is stuff I don't want to have as part of my selection.
Now I'll do the same exact click as I did before. I'll click once on the sleeve. Interesting. Check that out, it is a little bit more intelligent. Now it wasn't perfect. It didn't get this area in here, so I'm going to need to zoom way into that, get a nice small brush here, real small, hold down the Option key on a Mac/Alt key on a PC, and then clean that up. I also didn't select all of the sleeve over here. Command+Plus on a Mac/Ctrl+Plus on a PC, and make my brush even smaller and I just want to add this little bit to the selection.
Now if I ever go too far as I have done here, hold on the Option key on a Mac/ Alt key on a PC to subtract something from the selection. It's a little bit of a give and take there, right, to add and subtract those to the selected area. Okay, well let's double-click the Zoom tool and zoom out. We see that so far so good. We have a decent selection of this and I'll go back to the Quick Select tool by pressing the W key and I'm just going to go ahead and click and drag across the hood here, zoom in a little bit and I'll do that over here as well, just looking to try to get a pretty decent selection of that hood.
Now in this case what's happened? Well, I now have the face selected, so need to make my brush a little bigger here, hold down the Option key on a Mac/Alt key on a PC and I go ahead and subtract this from the selection. Now as I do this I'm just having so many little problems. Now my little trick worked well over here, you don't have to go back and do all these details, and you know what this tool isn't quite working for me, is it? Well, let's see what happens, we will go to our Adjustments Layer, we will click on Hue/Saturation and make a quick adjustment to it. Now when I do that and double-click the Zoom tool so we can kind of zoom out and see it say, it's all right, it's a decent selection, yet I have some problems on my edges I could try and fix those problems. I wonder if this is the best tool for me.
So what I want to do here is show you another tool that you can use which is called Color Range. Now keep in mind there is never one perfect tool rather choosing the combination of different tools, and it's learning the strength and weaknesses of these different tools and then figuring out what's best. All right, well, before we go to Color Range let's at least finish this one off. I'll click on the MASK, go to the MASK panel and then click on mask edge, and here what I'm interested in doing is just modifying this mask edge a little bit, I want to see the image here and I want to make sure I'm feathering that, smoothing that, and just looking to try to get that a little bit better.
Gp back to the different overlays so I can see what my selection is. I want to make sure it's going to the full edge there, feather that just a touch, smooth it out, little bit more contrast and click OK to apply that. Okay, well, for the most part that's decent. Again, not perfect. We will turn that layer off, click on the background layer. Because we've made some decent progress let's go ahead and stop this movie and then in the next movie take a look at another selection tool, which is called Color Range.
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