Selecting sparkles

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Selecting sparkles

Alright kids let's set about selecting those sparkles by which I mean the highlights in the water and these little water droplets that spring out here and inside of the glass and along the tabletop as well. And we are going to do that by For Starters clicking inside of the Highlights so go ahead and locate a very bright highlight like this white area at the base of the glass here where you see my eyedropper floating around. Go ahead and click at that location to load that as a base color.

Then I want you to Shift click on one of these sort of light purple areas like this item that's running along near the base of the glass and if you want to you can Shift click elsewhere you can Shift click inside some of these sort of white bubble areas this little bit of foam here that's flying off of the water. I am going to Shift drag around some of these very light purple areas just to make sure that I have all of the highlights selected and you can see that every once in a while I add highlights to my selection here inside the preview area and this actually looks pretty good.

The only thing is I would like to tamper the fuzziness just slightly, I have got it raised way the heck up there, let's take it down to 125 and this looks like a pretty good selection to me. You can see that we have done a nice job of isolating the highlights in sparkles inside of the water and glass and so on and if you want to check out the integrity of your selection in the big image window then go ahead and choose the gray scale option to see the mask version of the selection outline.

You can also view the selected area against black if you like to get a sense of what it's going to look like or against white or as a Quick Mask Selection. This is what white would look like by the way not all that helpful because we are seeing basically white on white here but black is pretty good, black gives me a sense of where I am going with this image and I have done I think a very nice job of selecting those highlights. And notice these gradual drop-offs totally a wonderful function of the Color Range Command that's something like the magic wand and for that matter all of the other selection tools can't match.

Alright so we have done it, we have selected the highlights. If you want to, you can go ahead and save the selection for later use. Now this doesn't actually save the selection as an alpha channel as we saw back in Chapter 8 instead it just saves our settings, it goes ahead and saves the fuzziness setting and it saves my base colors and that's it. And it's just a special file that you can open inside the color range dialog box and nowhere else inside Photoshop. So I don't really see any real purpose in clicking Save however if you can't get the same results that I am getting, you could click on the Load button and load My Highlights settings that I have saved for you inside of that 10 Masking folder.

But I am just going to go ahead and click OK because I have set up the selection beautifully I must admit. And as soon as I do click OK notice that Photoshop converts the mask that I was just seeing a moment ago to a Marching and Style Selection Outline which is ready to go and we are going to drag and drop this highlights into the Star Pattern Composition, when, in the next exercise, that's right.

Selecting sparkles
Video duration: 3m 18s 10h 47m Intermediate


Selecting sparkles provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Deke McClelland as part of the Photoshop CS3 One-on-One: Beyond the Basics

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