Adobe® Photoshop® CC® Bootcamp


Lesson Info

Bonus: The Color Range Mask in ACR

One more tip here that we have, really good one here. If we go into our little grab bag here and we go to our image, I covered the luminance range mask pretty well in Adobe CameraRoll, but one of the things that I didn't cover was the color range mask. Okay, so I'm gonna press Control, Shift, and A to go into Adobe CameraRoll as a filter. Let me get this back to full screen. And I'm gonna go into my adjustment brush. So we talked a lot about the luminance range mask, and out of all the masks that I use in Adobe CameraRoll, the luminance range mask is typically gonna be my favorite. But let's just go ahead and reset these settings to just make our exposure a little bit darker, and I'm just gonna take my brush, I'm gonna turn AutoMask off. You can leave it on if you want. Just for the sake of this tutorial, I'm just gonna brush right here, okay? Turn my mask on to see what it is that I'm affecting. If I use the color range mask, though, the color range mask allows me to pick a color on t...

his image that I want to be affected within this brush, okay? So you brush on the area that you want to affect, but then you say, you know what, within this brush, only affect these colors that I select. So I brushed the whole image, or I brushed a big swatch of that image, and then within that brush, I said only affect this color. If I press and hold Shift, it'll accept another color, press and hold Shift, another color. Right here this color range is how much of those colors are being accepted within that range mask. So if I bring this up to about here, that means that that's what's gonna be affected there. You can still see that some of the background is being selected in here, too. It's very faint. Again, that's why I pull the opacity really high up on my masks in Adobe CameraRoll. By default, they're not set that high. This allows me to see that this is gonna be the most potent version, and I Look like I'm from the Magenta Man Group. (audience laughs) Not the Blue Man Group. (laughs) And then if I, I can further brush the area out if I wanted to, also, by clicking on here after I get out of my color picker. If I Alt or Option + click, Alt or Option + click is going to reduce the areas and just paint that away there. Okay, but the main thing that I was doing here was just trying to get the skin tone features that would be on my face. If I turn AutoMask on, paint away those areas, and now I pretty much just have my skin tone selected within that grouping. Notice how my arms aren't in there, though. Why are my arms not in there? 'Cause I didn't brush down there. If I brush down here now, because that skin tone is very much the same as the skin tone that's in my face, I'm now gonna get those arms in there. But it's not gonna get gray or any of the other colors around there because I'm restricting it to the color that would be most, be closest to my skin tone, especially my face. Make this a little bit smaller, Alt or Option, click on my hair. Don't want my hair to be magenta. And then if I turn that mask off, whoa. What is wrong? Oh. Make sure it's set to color. Go up to the top here. Add a little bit more of the magenta and yellow in there to bring it closer to a nice fake and bake sun tan. There we go. Oh yeah, tan Blake. (audience laughs) Dun-dun-dun. Heading to the beach. Okay. That's basically how I use the color range mask. You can use that, and that's really helpful for things like skies, too. If you just wanna affect the blue sky, you could select the, you could use a gradient tool for that, 'cause if you look at the gradient tool, the gradient tool also has your range masking in it. You can also use a radial filter. It also has your range mask in it, too. So that could be a color range mask or a luminance range mask. The one you see me use most often as I process is gonna be the luminance mask unless I really want a specific color to be the color that I select. In this case, it was skin tones, but on maybe a landscape, it would be the blue sky in the background, or maybe the green foliage or something like that. Just know that whatever you paint and then what, that, you have to paint first, then restrict. If you just try to select the color, it's not gonna work the same way. You have to paint first, then restrict. Press OK. The last and final thing that I have for you is we talked about opening Photoshop, but we didn't talk about closing Photoshop. So to properly close Photoshop and take a nap, click right here on the X and you're done.

Adobe® Photoshop® CC® is a valuable tool for photographers, but it can also be intimidating. In this all-inclusive 20 lesson course, you’ll go from opening the program for the first time to creating images that really stand out. Join Blake Rudis, Photoshop® expert and founder of f64 Academy, as he shows you how to maximize your use of Photoshop®. Topics covered will include:

Week 1
• Class Introduction & Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw, Setup Interface, Cropping and Layers
Week 2
• Layer Tools, Masks, Selections, Clean-Up Tools and Shapes & Text
Week 3
• Smart Objects , Transforming, Actions, Filters and Editing Video
Week 4
• Custom Creative Effects, Natural Retouching, Portrait Workflow, Landscape Workflow, and Composite Workflow

Don’t let the many aspects of Photoshop® prevent you from maximizing your use of this amazing app. Blake will help you develop the confidence to use your imagination and create the images that you will be proud to share with your clients.

Software Used: Adobe® Photoshop® CC® 2018


Bootcamp Introduction
The Bridge Interface
Setting up Bridge
Overview of Bridge
Practical Application of Bridge
Introduction to Raw Editing
Setting up ACR Preferences & Interface
Global Tools Part 1
Global Tools Part 2
Local Tools
Introduction to the Photoshop Interface
Toolbars, Menus and Windows
Setup and Interface
Adobe Libraries
Saving Files
Introduction to Cropping
Cropping for Composition in ACR
Cropping for Composition in Photoshop
Cropping for the Subject in Post
Cropping for Print
Perspective Cropping in Photoshop
Introduction to Layers
Vector & Raster Layers Basics
Adjustment Layers in Photoshop
Organizing and Managing Layers
Introduction to Layer Tools and Blend Modes
Screen and Multiply and Overlay
Soft Light Blend Mode
Color and Luminosity Blend Modes
Color Burn and Color Dodge Blend Modes
Introduction to Layer Styles
Practical Application: Layer Tools
Introduction to Masks and Brushes
Brush Basics
Custom Brushes
Brush Mask: Vignettes
Brush Mask: Curves Dodge & Burn
Brush Mask: Hue & Saturation
Mask Groups
Clipping Masks
Masking in Adobe Camera Raw
Practical Applications: Masks
Introduction to Selections
Basic Selection Tools
The Pen Tool
Masks from Selections
Selecting Subjects and Masking
Color Range Mask
Luminosity Masks Basics
Introduction to Cleanup Tools
Adobe Camera Raw
Healing and Spot Healing Brush
The Clone Stamp Tool
The Patch Tool
Content Aware Move Tool
Content Aware Fill
Custom Cleanup Selections
Introduction to Shapes and Text
Text Basics
Shape Basics
Adding Text to Pictures
Custom Water Marks
Introduction to Smart Objects
Smart Object Basics
Smart Objects and Filters
Smart Objects and Image Transformation
Smart Objects and Album Layouts
Smart Objects and Composites
Introduction to Image Transforming
ACR and Lens Correction
Photoshop and Lens Correction
The Warp Tool
Perspective Transformations
Introduction to Actions in Photoshop
Introduction to the Actions Panel Interface
Making Your First Action
Modifying Actions After You Record Them
Adding Stops to Actions
Conditional Actions
Actions that Communicate
Introduction to Filters
ACR as a Filter
Helpful Artistic Filters
Helpful Practical Filters
Sharpening with Filters
Rendering Trees
The Oil Paint and Add Noise Filters
Introduction to Editing Video
Timeline for Video
Cropping Video
Adjustment Layers and Video
Building Lookup Tables
Layers, Masking Video & Working with Type
ACR to Edit Video
Animated Gifs
Introduction to Creative Effects
Black, White, and Monochrome
Matte and Cinematic Effects
Gradient Maps and Solid Color Grades
Glow and Haze
Introduction to Natural Retouching
Brightening Teeth
Clean Up with the Clone Stamp Tool
Cleaning and Brightening Eyes
Advanced Clean Up Techniques
Introduction to Portrait Workflow & Bridge Organization
ACR for Portraits Pre-Edits
Portrait Workflow Techniques
Introduction to Landscape Workflow & Bridge Organization
Landscape Workflow Techniques
Introduction to Compositing & Bridge
Composite Workflow Techniques
Landscape Composite Projects
Bonus: Rothko and Workspace
Bonus: Adding Textures to Photos
Bonus: The Mask (Extras)
Bonus: The Color Range Mask in ACR


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