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Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 55 of 118

Eye Dropper and Color Sampler Tools


Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 55 of 118

Eye Dropper and Color Sampler Tools


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Eye Dropper and Color Sampler Tools

below that, you're going to find the eyedropper tool, the eyedropper tool. Allow us to pick colors from within our image to paint with. So if I return to the images we were using a minute ago and let's say I had this image and I would like to add text up near the top of the image that might be in the same color as the olives that are right in front of the A person's hand that's in here. Well, if I end up using the eyedropper tool, I can move on top of my image. And if you watch my four grounding background colors right over here on my screen, when I click, let's say click on one of these more reddish objects. You'll see that my foreground color just changed to the color of clicked on. Click Over here on. It's either lemon and orange, and we can get that color. Or I could get the color like I described before, which is of the olives near his fingers. Then, if I were to use the text tool, that would be the color of text that I could end up using. But the eyedropper tool ends up helping u...

s up here in the options bar for the eyedropper tool we have a sample size point sample means Look at the exact color at the very tip of that eyedropper and ignore everything that's surrounding it. If I change this to three by three average, it will average an area three pixels wide and three pixels tall, a little square, and therefore, any noise or little specks that are found will kind of be averaged into the surroundings, and you usually get a slightly more accurate color. Aziz what you were seeing, and you can also make it larger and larger area that it averages as we get to higher and higher resolution original pictures. Then I start tending higher, like five by 5 11 by 11 to get it to average an area, we can sample all the layers or just the colors on the current layer. And then this thing says show sampling ring will watch what happens when I click on an area. As I'm clicking, I see a ring showing up on the outer edge of that ring is gray, and that's just so I can compare the color I'm picking to gray because, therefore, I can tell if it has a hint of color in it. So in other words, like over here to the right side of the picture and click, I can tell that that has tiniest bit more bluish than a normal neutral gray. Or if I come up here to this metal bracket, I can tell that that's purplish, mainly because I can compare it to that outer gray rent. Then also, when I click, you'll notice the ring has a top in bottom half. The top half is what I'm currently choosing. The bottom half is what I had last. Therefore, right now I'm have green. But when I go over here and click again, Green will be on the bottom, indicating what I had previously, and the color I have now is above. Therefore, I can compare them. If you find that ring to be distracting, all you have to do is turn off a check box in the options bar that's called show sampling ring. You should be aware that the setting over here, called sample size, is not going to just affect the eyedropper tool. It will also affect other things. If I remember correctly the magic wand tool when you click within your image and it tries to select things of a similar color to what you click on. It will use that sample size setting. So if you set it up really high and you try to use something like the magic wand to click an exact pixel, you'll find it's averaging in its surroundings. The same is true for other eye droppers you find in photo shop like the ones that you find when using curves. If you happen to watch the lesson that we had on color adjustments, I showed you how to do color correction with little eye droppers. And this setting is going to affect that. And using something like three by three average or five by five average would be an improvement on the technique that I demonstrated when we did color correction. So that is our eyedropper tool with the eyedropper tool. You can also change your background color, so right now I got my foreground color. If I option click, that's all clicking and Windows. I'll be changing my background color instead, and therefore, if you wanted to do something like make a Grady int from two different colors, and you want to choose those colors from within your image. You'd usually need your foreground and background colors to be the colors you want to start with, and therefore you can quickly change it using the ID. Robert I should mention when you're in the paint brush tool, and you might be painting on your image. If you want a very quickly, be able to sample colors out of your picture to change the color you're painting with. When you're in the paint brush tool, you can hold down the option key Alton windows, and that will give you the eyedropper tool just for the length of time that you have that option. Key held down. Therefore, I can come in here and option Click on one color paint with it, then option. Click on another paint with it. Option. Click on 1/3 and just very quickly. Be able to change between various colors, picking them right out of my picture. And so that could be nice. And all it is, is when you're in the paint brush, you hold on the option key Ultima windows and click within your picture. There is another tool that has found under the eyedropper the same slot that's there. Uh, I mean, there's a bunch of tools, but we don't in this class talk about the three D features and Photoshopped, but we might occasionally want to use this one. It's the color sampler tool. Let's see what it does. If you happen to have watched a lesson that we have on adjusting color. That's part of the Photoshopped complete guide. Then you would notice that I, in that class used the info panel, and I said that when I put my mouse on top of the image, the numbers that were in the Info pallet, where a precise description of the color that's underneath your mouse. Well, if you need to keep track of a color as you adjust a picture, then there's a way to get extra readouts in the info panel, and you do it with this tool, which is called the Color Sampler Tool. If I click on my image, I can click in up to four different areas in the image and get up to four readouts in the info panel. Each time I click, you see that in the image itself There's a little cross hair with a number in each area where I clicked and then in the info panel there, extra readouts and they're numbered. So this one corresponds to the little Crossair that's on my image that had the number one next to it. So when we adjusted color and I wanted one area to match another, I ended up taking a sheet of paper and writing down the numbers. What I could have done instead is use a color sampler and click on the area where I wanted to remember the numbers. Then this is the equipment to my sheet of paper. It just wrote down those numbers. Then when you're making an adjustment, you'll find that there'll be two sets of numbers in here. So if I were to do something like Creative Adjustment Layer, for instance, right away in the info panel, you'll find that now there are two sets of numbers, and that means you're actively adjusting the image, and the number of the left is what you started with the numbers on the right or what you're ending with meaning the results of your adjustment. And so I could have used that when I wanted one area to match another. I would have put in to color samplers one for the area. Want to change in one for the area I'm attempting to match? And then I could be comparing the numbers in the info panel as I made the adjustment. When you're done using the color sampler tool, those little crosshairs will stay on your picture. But they don't print out and they don't show up in other programmes other than Photoshopped. So you're welcome to leave him there if you want. If you want to get rid of them, though, when you're in the color sampler tool, there will be a button in your options bar just called clear all and that will remove them all from your image. So if you just don't visibly like the way they look, you're welcome to clear him all when you're done, and that is the color sampler tool

Class Description

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  • Develop an understanding of how Photoshop works
  • Create your ideal workspace
  • Configure the essential preference settings
  • Set up Adobe Bridge and Lightroom for optimal integration with Photoshop
  • Navigate multiple images seamlessly


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Adobe Photoshop 2020 (V21)


  1. Introduction To Adobe Photoshop 2020
  2. Bridge vs. Lightroom
  3. Tour of Photoshop Interface
  4. Overview of Bridge Workspace
  5. Overview of Lightroom Workspace
  6. Lightroom Preferences - Saving Documents
  7. How To Use Camera Raw in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  8. Overview of Basic Adjustment Sliders
  9. Developing Raw Images
  10. Editing with the Effects and HLS Tabs
  11. How to Save Images
  12. Using the Transform Tool
  13. Making Selections in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  14. Selection Tools
  15. Combining Selection Tools
  16. Using Automated Selection Tools
  17. Quick Mask Mode
  18. Select Menu Essentials
  19. Using Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  20. Align Active Layers
  21. Creating a New Layer
  22. Creating a Clipping Mask
  23. Using Effects on Layers
  24. Using Adjustment Layers
  25. Using the Shape Tool
  26. Create a Layer Mask Using the Selection Tool
  27. Masking Multiple Images Together
  28. Using Layer Masks to Remove People
  29. Using Layer Masks to Replace Sky
  30. Adding Texture to Images
  31. Layering to Create Realistic Depth
  32. Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  33. Optimizing Grayscale with Levels
  34. Adjusting Levels with a Histogram
  35. Understanding Curves
  36. Editing an Image Using Curves
  37. Editing with Shadows/Highlights Adjustment
  38. Dodge and Burn Using Quick Mask Mode
  39. Editing with Blending Modes
  40. Color Theory
  41. Curves for Color
  42. Hue and Saturation Adjustments
  43. Isolating Colors Using Hue/Saturation Adjustment
  44. Match Colors Using Numbers
  45. Adjusting Skin Tones
  46. Retouching Essentials In Adobe Camera Raw
  47. Retouching with the Spot Healing Brush
  48. Retouching with the Clone Stamp
  49. Retouching with the Healing Brush
  50. Retouching Using Multiple Retouching Tools
  51. Extending an Edge with Content Aware
  52. Clone Between Documents
  53. Crop Tool
  54. Frame Tool
  55. Eye Dropper and Color Sampler Tools
  56. Paint Brush Tools
  57. History Brush Tool
  58. Eraser and Gradient Tools
  59. Brush Flow and Opacity Settings
  60. Blur and Shape Tools
  61. Dissolve Mode
  62. Multiply Mode
  63. Screen Mode
  64. Hard Light Mode
  65. Hue, Saturation, and Color Modes
  66. Smart Filters
  67. High Pass Filter
  68. Blur Filter
  69. Filter Gallery
  70. Adaptive Wide Angle Filter
  71. Combing Filters and Features
  72. Select and Mask
  73. Manually Select and Mask
  74. Creating a Clean Background
  75. Changing the Background
  76. Smart Object Overview
  77. Nested Smart Objects
  78. Scale and Warp Smart Objects
  79. Replace Contents
  80. Raw Smart Objects
  81. Multiple Instances of a Smart Object
  82. Creating a Mockup Using Smart Objects
  83. Panoramas
  84. HDR
  85. Focus Stacking
  86. Time-lapse
  87. Light Painting Composite
  88. Remove Moire Patterns
  89. Remove Similar Objects At Once
  90. Remove Objects Across an Entire Image
  91. Replace a Repeating Pattern
  92. Clone from Multiple Areas Using the Clone Source Panel
  93. Remove an Object with a Complex Background
  94. Frequency Separation to Remove Staining and Blemishes
  95. Warping
  96. Liquify
  97. Puppet Warp
  98. Displacement Map
  99. Polar Coordinates
  100. Organize Your Layers
  101. Layer Styles: Bevel and Emboss
  102. Layer Style: Knockout Deep
  103. Blending Options: Blend if
  104. Blending Options: Colorize Black and White Image
  105. Layer Comps
  106. Black-Only Shadows
  107. Create a Content Aware Fill Action
  108. Create a Desaturate Edges Action
  109. Create an Antique Color Action
  110. Create a Contour Map Action
  111. Faux Sunset Action
  112. Photo Credit Action
  113. Create Sharable Actions
  114. Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 1
  115. Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 2
  116. Image Compatibility with Lightroom
  117. Scratch Disk Is Full
  118. Preview Thumbnail


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