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The heads-up Color Picker

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Video: The heads-up Color Picker

I'm still working inside Tips from Sketchy.psd. The only difference is I've turned off the black layer and I've made sketchy active, because in this exercise, I'm going to go ahead and color sketchy, and I'm going to do that with the help of the new Heads-Up Display Color Picker inside of Photoshop CS5. But before I take advantage of that feature, I want to show you the more conventional way to specify color inside Photoshop. If you go to the Color panel which is available, if you go to the Window menu and choose Color, or you can press F6. The Color panel allows you to specify the dial in colors using one of four different models.

The heads-up Color Picker

I'm still working inside Tips from Sketchy.psd. The only difference is I've turned off the black layer and I've made sketchy active, because in this exercise, I'm going to go ahead and color sketchy, and I'm going to do that with the help of the new Heads-Up Display Color Picker inside of Photoshop CS5. But before I take advantage of that feature, I want to show you the more conventional way to specify color inside Photoshop. If you go to the Color panel which is available, if you go to the Window menu and choose Color, or you can press F6. The Color panel allows you to specify the dial in colors using one of four different models.

You can work with RGB sliders that is Red, Green, Blue. You can work with HSB which is Hue, Saturation, Brightness. That's what I prefer to do most of the time and I'll show you how that works in just a moment. CMYK; Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, and then Lab which is Luminance along with two arbitrarily named color axes which are called a and b. All right! I'm going to leave things set to HSB right there which, by the way, is not the default setting; RGB is default. So you'll need to switch to HSB if you want to follow along with me. And I'm going to go ahead and specify Hue value of 20 degrees, let's say, and then I'm going to take the Saturation value up to something like 30% there, and I'll leave the Brightness value at 100, and then I'll press the Enter key or the Return key on the Mac in order to accept that modification.

And I'm going to create a new layer below sketchy and I'm going to do it by clicking on the background layer and pressing Ctrl+Shift+N or Command+Shift+N on the Mac, and I'm just going to call this layer color and I'm going to click OK. In that way, I can paint below the lines and above the background layer without harming anything, and then I'll just go ahead and paint in sketchy's face as you can see here. Again, I am using my Wacom tablet which allows me to vary the pressure incidentally, in case you're not familiar with these. You can vary the pressure in order to switch from a big brush stroke to a small brush stroke on-the-fly actually which makes it really easy to paint into areas of an image without having to habitually modify your brush size on-the-fly using any of the techniques that we discussed in the previous exercise.

So, anyway, I want to go ahead and paint this guy in pretty good here, because I want to show you a few other techniques as we work through this example. All right! Now let's say I want to make the tongue red or something along those lines. Another way to change the foreground color is to click on the foreground color swatch here at the bottom of the toolbox, and that's going to bring up the Color Picker dialog box right here. And you can see our familiar color spaces albeit listed in a different order. We've got HSB, then RGB, then Lab and then CMYK. We also have, and this is very important to understand, the Heads-Up Display Color Picker.

We have this Hue Strip right here which is showing us all of the hues and you can drag up and down in order to change that core Hue value. And then this field is showing us both the Saturation values from low saturation over here on the left to high saturation on the right, along with the Brightness values dark at the bottom and very bright at the top. And that's assuming by the way that the H radio button is selected. You can switch things around if you want to. If I switch over to Saturation then we're going to see the Saturation values here in the slider, and we're going to see the Hue values from left to right, and Brightness values from bottom and the top here inside the field which I find to be just confusing, but you can switch to a bunch of different models here by changing the radio buttons inside this dialog box.

So beware, because if you accidentally select something like a, and you're looking at this and going what in the world is that about? Just remember, you can set things right again by clicking in front of H. That's another way to change the color, but here's the new function inside Photoshop CS5 and it's the keyboard shortcut that used to change the hardness of the brush back in CS4 and it was just introduced in CS4. So it's a little confusing that they are switching it now. Again, it's different on the Mac and the PC. So what you do here on the PC is you press the Shift and Alt keys and you right-click and hold in order to bring up this Heads-Up Color Display.

And notice once again, we've got the Hue Strip over here on the right-hand side so you'd select the core hue that you want to work with. Now, I want to paint his tongue so I'll make it red. And then you'd go over to the field after you select the hue. That's the way I recommend you use this. And then you go ahead and select the saturation back-and-forth here or the brightness up and down. All right! So, I'm going to go with a shade of red, actually I'll go ahead and darken it up just a little bit so it has kind of a darkish tongue, and then I might go ahead and paint inside of my cartoon.

Now, you Macintosh people are probably wondering what in the world would you press. It has nothing to do with the Shift or Alt keys. My friends, there is no Alt key and you do use the Option key incidentally, but you don't use the Shift key. So here's what you do instead, you Macintosh users, on the Mac, you press Command+Control+Option and you click, you don't have to right-click, and then you go ahead and select the Hue once again. So I recommend you start with the Hue slider and then move your cursor over into the field in order to determine the saturation as well as the brightness. All right! So again that's Command+Control+ Option click and hold on the Mac that's Shift+Alt+right-click and hold on the PC.

Now you can change the appearance of that Heads-Up Display Color Picker if you want. Press Ctrl+K or Command+K on the Mac to bring up the Preferences dialog box, and there it is Heads-Up Display Color Picker so HUD Color Picker, and switch it from Hue Strip to one of the other options. So you can go with the larger Hue Strip if you have a big monitor, obviously I don't. And you also have three variations on the Hue Wheel. I'm going to switch to the Medium Hue Wheel so you can see what that looks like. I'll click OK and then I'll once again here on the PC Shift+Alt+right-click that would be a Command+Control+ Option click and hold on the Mac.

Now notice that we still have the Saturation and Brightness field in the center of this Hue Wheel, but of course, the Hue is represented on a wheel but what I want you to notice is this is a slightly different wheel than I demonstrated to you back in Chapter 7. So we have red not over on the right- hand side but rather at the top of the wheel and then the color cycle around in a clockwise fashion instead of a counterclockwise fashion. So we go from red here at 0 degrees at top, we have yellow at 60 degrees, we have green at 120 degrees, we have cyan at 180 degrees, we have blue at 240 degrees, we have magenta at 300 degrees, and all the way back to red again at 0 degrees so a few different ways to work.

In my case you know what I'm going to do? I'm going to switch to white because I want to show you one more really groovy technique, check this out. Let's say I want to paint in these highlights in these eyes so I want to make them white, and I also want to make his teeth white. However, I don't want to have to be careful on the least. In fact, I'm not going to use my tablet; I'm going to use a mouse, and I'm going to stick with this big old cursor here. Check out this Mode option and we'll be discussing Blend modes and all kinds of details in the advanced portion of this series, but I'm going to change the Mode to Behind which allows me to paint behind the existing paint on the color layer.

And now watch, if I just sloppily paint in these areas, I'm painting behind the existing color and then I'll paint in the teeth as well, and I end up finishing off my graphic. Thanks to the amazing power of the plain old Brush tool here inside Photoshop.

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Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals

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  1. 39m 52s
    1. Welcome to Photoshop CS5 One-on-One
      1m 49s
    2. Making Photoshop your default image editor
      7m 43s
    3. Installing the DekeKeys keyboard shortcuts
      8m 10s
    4. Remapping Mac OS shortcuts
      7m 37s
    5. Installing the Best Workflow color settings
      4m 31s
    6. The color settings explained
      6m 54s
    7. Loading the CS5 color settings in Bridge
      3m 8s
  2. 53m 36s
    1. There is nothing you can't do
      2m 1s
    2. The power of Photoshop
      4m 43s
    3. Duplicating a layer
      4m 49s
    4. Liquifying an image
      4m 43s
    5. Adding a layer mask
      5m 54s
    6. Loading an alpha channel
      7m 42s
    7. Selecting with Color Range
      4m 10s
    8. Making a Hue/Saturation layer
      2m 53s
    9. Luminance blending
      7m 21s
    10. Mask density
      5m 9s
    11. Making a knockout layer
      4m 11s
  3. 51m 23s
    1. The best way to work
    2. Setting General preferences
      5m 33s
    3. Changing the pasteboard color
      5m 41s
    4. File handling, performance, and units
      7m 25s
    5. Touring the Photoshop interface
      11m 5s
    6. Creating and saving a workspace
      7m 21s
    7. Changing settings and updating the workspace
      6m 4s
    8. Resetting the preferences
      7m 33s
  4. 2h 46m
    1. The amazing Adobe Bridge
      1m 17s
    2. Making a new image
      5m 11s
    3. Opening an image
      7m 7s
    4. Opening and closing multiple images
      5m 24s
    5. Opening a problem image
      4m 23s
    6. Adding file information
      8m 37s
    7. Introducing Adobe Bridge
      7m 37s
    8. A whirlwind tour of Bridge
      7m 21s
    9. Adjusting the interface and thumbnails
      8m 18s
    10. Using the full-screen preview
      8m 5s
    11. Rotating images on their sides
      5m 38s
    12. Assigning star ratings and labels
      8m 40s
    13. Filtering thumbnails in the Contents panel
      9m 13s
    14. Moving, copying, and deleting files
      6m 34s
    15. Creating and assigning keywords
      6m 38s
    16. Searches and collections
      7m 3s
    17. Batch-exporting JPEG files
      8m 57s
    18. Batch-renaming
      7m 15s
    19. String substitution and regular expressions
      8m 50s
    20. Grouping images into stacks
      7m 21s
    21. Comparing images in Review mode
      5m 58s
    22. Playing images in a slideshow
      4m 49s
    23. Customizing and saving the workspace
      7m 17s
    24. Using Mini Bridge in Photoshop CS5
      8m 36s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. Learning to swim inside an image
    2. The tabbed-window interface
      5m 19s
    3. Arranging image windows
      4m 26s
    4. Common ways to zoom
      5m 31s
    5. New zoom tricks in Photoshop CS5
      4m 24s
    6. Hidden old-school zoom tricks
      4m 34s
    7. Scrolling and panning images
      4m 8s
    8. Viewing the image at print size
      6m 42s
    9. The Navigator and "bird's-eye" scrolling
      2m 56s
    10. Nudging the screen from the keyboard
      2m 39s
    11. Scroll wheel tricks
      3m 41s
    12. The Rotate View tool
      3m 36s
    13. Cycling between screen modes
      6m 17s
    14. Using the numerical zoom value
      6m 14s
  6. 1h 6m
    1. Imaging fundamentals
    2. What is image size?
      7m 45s
    3. The Image Size command
      6m 0s
    4. Selecting an interpolation option
      4m 56s
    5. Upsampling versus "real" pixels
      5m 22s
    6. The penalty of pixels
      5m 35s
    7. Print size and resolution
      7m 26s
    8. Downsampling for print
      6m 39s
    9. Downsampling for email
      7m 28s
    10. Options for upsampling
      8m 13s
    11. Better ways to make a big image
      6m 1s
  7. 44m 43s
    1. Frame wide, crop tight
      1m 2s
    2. Using the Crop tool
      8m 8s
    3. Fixing out-of-canvas wedges
      5m 31s
    4. Crop tool presets
      6m 53s
    5. Previewing the crop angle
      4m 24s
    6. The Crop command
      4m 47s
    7. Straightening with the Ruler tool
      4m 18s
    8. Cropping without clipping
      5m 1s
    9. Perspective cropping
      4m 39s
  8. 1h 41m
    1. Making drab colors look better
      1m 20s
    2. Brightness and contrast
      4m 10s
    3. Adjusting numerical values
      4m 26s
    4. Introducing adjustment layers
      5m 17s
    5. Editing adjustment layers
      2m 51s
    6. Saving adjustment layers
      4m 35s
    7. Adding a quick layer mask
      4m 23s
    8. Introducing the Histogram
      4m 34s
    9. Working with the Histogram panel
      6m 27s
    10. Using Color Balance
      7m 18s
    11. Introducing the Variations command
      4m 51s
    12. Luminance and saturation controls
      3m 54s
    13. Fading a static adjustment
      3m 21s
    14. How hue and saturation work
      4m 28s
    15. Rotating hues and adjusting saturation
      6m 4s
    16. Creating a quick and dirty sepia tone
      4m 42s
    17. Adjusting hues selectively
      5m 32s
    18. The Target Adjustment tool
      4m 24s
    19. Photoshop CS5 Target Adjustment enhancements
    20. Adjusting the color of clothing
      8m 44s
    21. Enhancing a low-saturation image
      4m 23s
    22. Refining saturation with Vibrance
      5m 1s
  9. 1h 57m
    1. Photoshop versus the real world
      1m 21s
    2. Meet the selection tools
      10m 26s
    3. Marking the center of an image
      4m 9s
    4. Drawing a geometric selection outline
      4m 45s
    5. Blurring a selection outline with Feather
      6m 8s
    6. Copy and paste versus drag and drop
      5m 31s
    7. Creating a graduated selection
      4m 29s
    8. Aligning one image with another
      4m 45s
    9. Accessing the Move tool on the fly
      3m 34s
    10. Invert and Match Colors
      5m 4s
    11. Matching colors selectively
      3m 52s
    12. Feathering and filling a selection
      5m 14s
    13. Dressing up a composition with effects
      5m 34s
    14. The incredible image rotation trick
      2m 18s
    15. The Magic Wand tool
      4m 12s
    16. Tolerance and other options
      7m 7s
    17. Grow, Similar, and Inverse
      5m 39s
    18. Quick selection and the Magnetic Lasso
      7m 27s
    19. Evaluating a selection in Quick Mask
      8m 52s
    20. Saving and loading selections
      6m 14s
    21. Placing an image with a layer mask
      3m 23s
    22. Eliminating edge fringing
      7m 43s
  10. 1h 58m
    1. Brushing to correct
    2. How brushing works
      4m 52s
    3. Working with spacing
      7m 32s
    4. Changing size and hardness
      7m 45s
    5. The heads-up Color Picker
      7m 17s
    6. Flipping a mirror image
      3m 33s
    7. Setting the source for the History brush
      3m 42s
    8. Brightening details with the Dodge tool
      7m 49s
    9. Darkening details with the Burn tool
      3m 5s
    10. The Sponge tool
      4m 29s
    11. Backing off edits
      8m 4s
    12. Patching eye bags
      8m 57s
    13. Evening out flesh tones
      7m 23s
    14. Smoothing away whiskers
      7m 41s
    15. Reducing shadow noise
      7m 0s
    16. How healing works
      4m 40s
    17. The enhanced Spot Healing brush
      4m 52s
    18. Using the better Healing brush
      4m 23s
    19. Introducing the Clone Source panel
      3m 49s
    20. Cloning from one layer to another
      5m 30s
    21. Working with multiple sources
      4m 44s
  11. 1h 23m
    1. The layered composition
      1m 0s
    2. Making a new background layer
      6m 58s
    3. Working with "big layers"
      6m 24s
    4. Move, Duplicate, and Scale
      4m 11s
    5. Transforming a copy and repeat
      5m 15s
    6. Stacking order and eyedropping a layer
      5m 15s
    7. Adjusting multiple layers at once
      4m 22s
    8. Switching between layers
      4m 56s
    9. Making a digital star field
      5m 9s
    10. Blend mode and clipping mask
      4m 50s
    11. Dragging and dropping from your desktop
      4m 38s
    12. Black + Lens Flare = glow
      6m 16s
    13. Locking transparency
      5m 42s
    14. Adding gradient layers
      8m 12s
    15. Stacking an adjustment layer
      4m 12s
    16. Adding shadow and stroke
      6m 9s
  12. 1h 17m
    1. Outputting from Photoshop and Bridge
      1m 32s
    2. Printing an RGB composite
      5m 31s
    3. Customizing the subjective print file
      3m 15s
    4. Gauging print size
      5m 35s
    5. Scale, position, and page orientation
      5m 6s
    6. Three important printing curiosities
      4m 41s
    7. Introducing the Output options
      5m 34s
    8. Establishing a bleed
      5m 52s
    9. Using the Color Management options
      7m 21s
    10. Generating a PDF contact sheet
      6m 18s
    11. Creating a contact sheet template
      6m 8s
    12. Saving and opening a PDF contact sheet
      4m 18s
    13. Introducing the Web Gallery
      7m 53s
    14. Exporting and editing an HTML site
      3m 58s
    15. The Airtight Photocard site
      4m 56s
  13. 1h 9m
    1. Rules of the web
      1m 1s
    2. Introducing web graphics
      6m 59s
    3. A first look at Save for Web
      5m 47s
    4. Scaling a layered image versus a flat one
      7m 30s
    5. Incremental downsampling
      3m 1s
    6. Adding text, bar, and stroke
      4m 24s
    7. Assigning copyright and metadata
      6m 21s
    8. Comparing GIF, JPEG, and PNG
      4m 59s
    9. Determining the perfect JPEG settings
      6m 31s
    10. Saving metadata
      3m 52s
    11. Working with an unprofiled RGB image
      4m 35s
    12. Downsampling graphic art
      4m 49s
    13. Saving a GIF graphic
      6m 1s
    14. Antiquated GIF versus the better PNG
      4m 6s
  14. 1m 37s
    1. Until next time
      1m 37s

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