Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Filling with color, part of Photoshop CS4 Essential Training.
One of the things you'll find yourself doing all the time particularly when…you're painting is using the Fill command.…You can fill an entire layer with color.…You can fill a selection with color.…You can even fill an area on a mask with gray, black or white.…And by a mask I mean a layer mask or the mask on an adjustment layer or even…the mask on a smart filter.…Let's say that I want to select one of these balloons and fill it with a different color.…I am going to get my Quick Selection tool here and I'm going to click-and-drag…over the green balloon.…
To fill this balloon, I'll go up to the Edit menu and that's where I'll…find the Fill command.…In the Fill dialog box, you can choose to fill with Foreground Color, which…means whatever color is here in the foreground color box in the toolbox, or you…can choose to fill with the Background Color, which is the color that's in the…background color box in the toolbox.…If you've forgotten to choose a color before you open the Fill dialog, you can…go to Color and you can choose your own color from the color picker.…
- Learning and customizing the interface and workspace
- Utilizing various manual and guided selection techniques
- Working with Adobe Camera Raw
- Adding special effects with layer styles and Smart Filters
- Creating Photomerge panoramas
- Optimizing photos for the web and creating web galleries
Skill Level Beginner
Q: How can artwork be transferred from Photoshop CS4 to Illustrator CS4 without the background?
A: Save the image in Photoshop’s native PSD format. The background in Photoshop must be transparent, meaning there should be no background layer. (To remove a background layer, move your artwork to a separate layer by selecting and copying the content, minus the background, to a new layer, and then delete the background layer. A checkboard pattern behind your image indicates transparent pixels.)
Q: How do I retouch an image I have of an old photograph I scanned?
A: There are a few courses that address image restoration. Check out the Photoshop CS4 Portrait Retouching Essential Training course, and for problems dealing specifically with old photographs, watch the Restoration movies in chapter 15 of the Enhancing Digital Photography with Photoshop CS2. Additionally, learn how to research and date photos with our Growing and Sharing Your Family Tree course.
Q: A client has asked for artwork to be delivered as JPEGs or BMP files in 16-bit format. In Photoshop CS4, there does not appear to be an option to save an image as a 16-bit JPEG. Is there a way to save JPEG files as 16-bit in Photoshop?
A: Unfortunately, JPEGs cannot be saved in 16 bit. JPEGs, by nature, are 8-bit. So if you open a high-bit image into Photoshop CS4, you will see no option in any of the save dialog boxes to save the file as a JPEG. You would first have to convert the image to 8 bit (by choosing Image > Mode > 8 bits/channel) and then save it as an 8-bit JPEG. If you open a high-bit image into Photoshop CS5, you will see the option to save it as a JPEG in the Save, Save As, and Save for Web dialog boxes. But the JPEG will not be saved as 16-bit. Instead, Photoshop will downsample it to 8-bit for you before saving it as JPEG.
1. The Interface
6. Photo Manipulation
7. Photo Adjustments
8. Photo Retouching
9. Raw Processing in Adobe Camera Raw
12. Special Effects
13. Combining Images
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