By Colleen Wheeler | Monday, March 14, 2011
This week’s free technique gives you one of Deke McClelland’s many Photoshop tips for using an image to select itself, specifically isolating the highlights and shadows of a photograph to select the light and dark areas using the underrated Color Range command. By using the image’s own details to create the mask, you don’t have to rely on the unreliable Quick Selection or Magic Wand Tool. And you can fine-tune your mask to add areas to it. Another hidden benefit of using Color Range is that you can either generate a selection (working blind, as Deke likes to call it) or you can directly create a layer mask, and thus see what you’re doing as you do it.
For lynda.com members, Deke has an exclusive movie in the Online Training Library® that shows you how to use this same basic technique to actually mask glass (yes glass), against a sunset. If you’d like to see more from Deke about masking in Photoshop, check out Chapter 26, Masking Essentials, of hisPhotoshop CS5 One-on-One Mastery course.
Stop back by again next week for another free technique from Deke!
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