Selecting Skin with Color Range Q&A


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Selecting Skin with Color Range Q&A

Copper blue from southern oregon ask how do you make adjustments when you're done and realize you missed an area on the mask? Oh well, it's, just try that so let's say you've used color range you've already done your adjustment. You confined him this masked by hand anytime you want. Okay, so click to activate the mask and, you know it's active and see a six because if you get this white bracket around the corner okay, so once the mask is active, you can use any tool you want to paint with either black or white to find him the areas that the adjustment is being visible on. Okay, so remember in the realm of the layer mask, black conceals and white reveal, so any area that's black here, that area is not being affected by whatever is happening on this layer in this particular situation that's our curves adjustment layer any area that's white inside the mask, that is where the adjustment is being revealed. Ok, so black conceals white reveals so I could simply go in here let's say I didn't w...

ant the adjustment to affect her hand or her arm. I could go in there with any tool that would apply black so I could come over to the image and grab the lasso tool if I wanted and just lasso her hand with a very, very rough that's election, and I could feel that area with black simply by going to the edit menu, choosing phil and from the eu's content koppett menu. Black is always an option, and then you press ok, see how now in my layer mask, that area is black, so I'm hiding the adjustment from that spot and you saw it happen on screen. Her arm went a little bit lighter. Okay, I'll press command z to undo and command d two d select, which gets rid of my marching in let's use another tool for that. I could also go grab the brush tool. Okay, take a peek at my color chips at my foreground colored black, easily done because my background color is black so I can simply press x to flip flop them, and then I could come over to the area that I don't want tio have the adjustment appear on, and I could just paint it with black. So depending upon which tools you're more comfortable with using, you could use a selection tool and then fill the area with wider black inside the mask to fine tune it. Or you can do it by hand by using brushed whole great thank you a question from trish to ninety seven. Says I would like to use the green channel and the red channel. Do I have to do that on a separate later layer? Or can they do that all in one layer? Great question. You can create a different curve adjustment within one curve adjustment layer for all three channels in your image. Okay, sometimes I do create a different curves adjustment layer if I'm going to be adjusting individual color channels only because that helps me know when I opened up this photo shop document a week from now or I'll have you exactly what I've done because I like the ability to stick a lancet, the layers panel, and see everything that I've done. So if I was doing this for, really, I would create a separate curves adjustment layer for each channel that you want, tio a just simply to remember that you had done that. Otherwise you would have tio go into the curves adjustment of the properties panel, and you'd have to go through here and look to see if you made any changes so you don't have to create a separate layer for each color channel that you mess with, but it can be a good way to track what you've done in your image because what I might do. And we could just do that so I'll duplicate this curves adjustment layer okay by pressing command jay on the mac or control jay on the pc and now I'll double click it thumb nail the open its properties panel and we're going to come in here and I'm gonna reset this curves adjustment to zero because I don't want a double dose of darkening on her face okay easy way to reset an adjustment tio its default values is to click this will curved arrow over a line icon okay, so that zeroes out the adjustment but by duplicating that layer I didn't have to redo that mask all right so now let's come into a particular channel let's say red and will set another curves point in the middle and I'm gonna add rid this time too so it's a noticeable change someone and nudge the arrow key up no yeah it looks good now close that up and then in my layers panel what I would do over here is double click and type in the channel that I adjusted just another visual indicator of what I've done to this image in order to backtrack if I need to change I print it and I don't like the way it looks or the client isn't like the way it looks so on and so forth so I would create an extra adjustment layer for that but you don't have to you know um chick design asked you several adjustment layers on top of each other effect on lee their original image or are they affecting each layer at the same time? How that's a great question the answer is it depends okay show for example if I let's see if I had a bunch of other image layers underneath this ok then I could make this adjustment layer on lee effect the layer directly underneath it and the way you do that is when you have the adjustment layer open you click this little icon at the bottom far left side of your properties panel what it does is it clips came member yesterday we were talking about clipping groups it clips that adjustment layer to the layer underneath it so that it on ly effects that layer straight from the factory photo shop assumes that you want your adjustment layers to affect everything that's underneath him but it doesn't have to be that way. Okay, so it's this button right here and again if you forget what all these cryptic icons mean, just however your mouse over them for a moment or two take your hand off of the mouse don't keep fiddling with it and you'll get a nice little tool tip that tells you what that does so that's the button right there that you want to click annals email so you can see what happens to the suggestion that later when I click it see how it skews to the right and then you get that down we're pointing arrow that lets you know that hey I'm on ly messing with what strictly underneath me okay, so that's how you would do that thank you mary from costa rica is asking some questions about darker stint skin tones and so a one question is can you do skin tones and expand your selection with the eyedropper tool two at the tone and save it as a pre set and then kind of further is are there? What are the customizable options for skin skin tone color range and what effects can be achieved with custom setting ok, as far as I know they're there is no way to tweak the color of skin that is being picked up with the skin tones option in color range unfortunately, but you absolutely can use the eyedropper and we'll just see that real quick so we'll go back up to you the selectmen in and choose color range the other way to use color range that let's say we wanted to select the red cape like like this it is the darker color so we can come over here and make sure the select menu is set to sample colors and it it usually comes up with that if the color you want to select lives in this menu you know as one of the channels than you could have a go at it that way, but it's far skin tones that's not going to help you so let's leave it sent to sample colors and you can see there's a little eyedropper to the left of that net lets you know that if you mouse away from that dialog box, you get an actual eye droppers that allows you to click until photo shop. What range of colors you want to include in the selection. Now, I've got a lot of different shades of rid going on here in this cape, and if I keep clicking around in different shades, you can see my preview over here changes. Well, I'm just changing the color that photo shop is selecting, but what I really want to do is keep clicking too add additional colors so the way you can do that is you come over here to the color range dialog box, and you click that little eyedropper that has a plus sign underneath it. Okay, and then mouse back over to your image and keep clicking, and that will keep picking up those other hues in your selection. Now, if you get too much in your selection than you can switch to the eyedropper with the minus sign, and what would you think that that one does subtracts from your selection, right? These icons actually make sense, so we'll go ahead and click the plus sign, and then you can come back over to the image and keep adding she home, adding, instead of just changing what selected. So the answer to your question is, yes, you could you could give that a try, but I just don't know of a way that you can alter the math behind what is being selected in that skin tones for people who don't know what is the difference between opacity and phil on the layer champ on the layer panel. Oh, that's, a good question more easily demonstrated than it isthe talked about described rather okay, so let's see what I could make here to explain that I'll use take because it's very easy, tio describe that using text basically, um, phil, here we go, nice and big. I still have the keyboard shortcut for you to increase font size shift command greater than or shift control greater than on the pc and as you might suspect, shift control less than on a pc shift command less than on a mac. We'll go down in font size, so I'm just going to make something really big so we can see here I'll turn off our our super chick and make that a different color so we can see it what we're going to do is we're going tio fill it with color and it's clips to that bottom layer so I'm going to release it there we go so we're going to fill it with color, which you just did now we're going to add a stroke or an outline to it, and then you can clearly see the difference between phil and opacity. All right? So opacity lowers the opacity of everything on that layer across the board the same. All right, so if we drop the opacity of our test here, you begin to see the transparency checkerboard. All right? So we'll bring that back up if you drop the fill. The only thing that's going to disappear is the phil color of the text, which leaves me with the outline. Okay, so phil affects the inside of the shape ok on a photo filling capacity are going to do exactly the same thing because there is no phil on a photo. Okay, so you you can use it on things like text if you've applied a fill in a stroke to them, you can use it on any of the the fill in stroke options that we looked at on the new on the shape players yesterday, so it's a way for you to drop the inside feel color and leave the stroke for the outline if you've added one but it looks the same on a photo and that's why people are so confused they do the same thing because of photo doesn't really have a feel great guitar goddess ask why is the control for skin tones fuzziness? Why do they call it laziness? It's a great question I have no idea I got to believe the photo shop engineers just like to have fun no honestly what it is let me turn on our super roll back here again what it is is that you're blurring the edges between what is selected and what is not being selected so you can think of it as fuzziness kind of makes sense in that situation because let us go back tio skin tones if you have rear tool tip over that word, you'll see the cryptic explanation adjust the falloff beyond the selection boundaries what the hell does that mean easier explained by saying drag it to the right to include more areas in your selection of drag it to the left too not include some of the areas in your selection but it is blurring or making fuzzy the areas between what is being selected and was not being selected could you the outside could only that up for just for one side here we have a clarification question from mary in costa rica and she's noticing the load of button there on the right in the color range is what is that the load? But if you have saved any pre cents and you want to transfer them to a new machine or if you got presets from somebody else that lets you load them into color range thank you. U s o tomorrow wear giving away a welcome tablet. The question came in from very an er are you? Are you, uh do you use a tablet ever for editing? I did so wanted tio let people know that we are giving away a welcome tablet and as we ask you that question install yeah, and not only are we giving away, I went on tablet tomorrow we're giving away and into five, which means it's jester aware gesture aware. So in other words, if I were sitting here with a tablet and I simply don't like to travel with my tablet cause I've got a honking big one, okay? And I'm I'm such a keep your shortcuts air so ingrained into my head that I'm almost faster using just the keyboard, not using, you know, the tablet for a lot of things, so it took me a while to get used to it, but I do love it, but anyway, the new into us five is just amazing I had to see that photo shot world and imagine the demo that I got was in light room so we're going around we're cruising around in liar and fixing a photo and it's all gesture where so instead of punching a bunch of buttons on the sides of the tablet you do everything with your fingers on the tablet itself to bring up on image controls its simply unbelievable so for example the gentleman that gave me the demo had assigned one of the gestures the swipe gesture just literally a swipe with his hand like the side of his hand across the pad and that signalled light room to open the image up in photo shopped for further editing and I tell you it was just like watching mission impossible but it really was because it was just amazing it's one of the best, most logical uses that I've seen for gestures ever I mean it's simply just amazing how you could, you know, sit swipes and pinches and all kinds of hand movements to trigger different actions and it might take you a little bit tio memorize and get used to those things, but it became very fluid and watching this gentleman used that pad that into us five in such a way just blew my mind you talk about getting fast that that was definitely superhero fast when he when he was doing that so that's the tab like kenneth that we're going to be given away tomorrow is a brandon into us five so that's really exciting that is very excited yes I have amounts again you e can I just sorry I know we're about to move on but ask one more question and that is from there they will say who it's one in a second but the those save button is currently grade out brian so when is it that it would not be great out and when would you use that election pre me and I was from x y z I'm not real sure where it is it should may well now we don't have anything active uh yeah I'm not real sure there we go so it looks like it wants you to preview the selection in different way before it'll actually let you save it or completely not I think it was just angered a moment ago so the same fund should be active was take a look at skin tones and make sure that that doesn't so maybe skin tones is what's making it not become active all right, so maybe you can't save save anything said on skin tones that kind of makes sense because every photo is going to have different different skin tones so yeah great question and thank you because I didn't realise turning on skin tones would deactivate the safe preset buttons and then there you have it on that was x y z from dubai so thank you and he explained to you, we actually have a photo to buy on her wall. Here. We're gonna use that to show off the new tilt shift blur filter, which mimics elin's, baby. So, thanks for tuning in to buy.

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Lesa Snider returns to CreativeLive for an intensive Adobe® Photoshop® CS6 tutorial. Whether you've already upgraded or are still deciding, Lesa shows you practical yet non-destructive editing techniques you can use every day. This 3-day course is a perfect companion to Lesa's previous Adobe® Photoshop® CS5 tutorial on CreativeLive.

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