Complex Selections: Furry, Fuzzy, and Hairy

Lesson 11/12 - How to fix Decontaminate Color issues in Photoshop


Complex Selections: Furry, Fuzzy, and Hairy


Lesson Info

How to fix Decontaminate Color issues in Photoshop

Here I have a layer that has clipped to what's underneath and let's see what it seems. Okay, I know what problem I had here. Do you remember the checkbox called decontaminate colors? How decontaminate colors grabs the colors that are a little bit inside your image and pushes them out into the semi transparent areas on the edges. Well, when I did that to this particular picture, I ended up with some problems. What happened is this is more like what the original colors look like. And if you were to move a little bit inside from where these fuzzy details are, you might run into this flower. If it takes that color and pushes it out into the edge, you might end up with pink fuzzy things out here instead of the white that they should have been. So if I turn this off do you see how it's pink on the edge that was me using decontaminate colors to try to fix things in the decontaminate colors was useful for part of the image but in other parts that screwed up like where these suddenly turned pin...

k. So let me show you how you fix that. If you ever use decontaminate colors it's useful in some areas and it's not in others, how do we fix it? Well, you remember when we had decontaminate colors turned on a picture and I looked at the bottom of the refined edge dialog box where have the choice of what kind of end result? I want it forced me to have a duplicate layer. It would not deliver it on the original layer. It always did it to duplicate. Well, let's, look at how that could be useful. What we could do with it, there's. Some things that are already been done in this image. And I'm going teo, turn some of them off. Take me just a moment. Okay, so here we have this layer that's layer that's had the refined edge applied to that had decontaminate colors turned on in. This is the original. Well, we can do is put the original on top. If we turn on its eyeball, you'd see that it has the original background and everything. And we can clip it to what's underneath to say, make this only show up with layers that's underneath so I could hold on the option key. All time windows click on the line between the two layers or the other method for doing it was to come up here and choose, create clicking mass. They do the same thing, so now what we have is the original colors used in here if I turn off the eyeball on it we have the version that's underneath, which is the one that had decontaminate color shirt. Now we have two versions weaken now switch back and forth. The main thing is the original images being clipped to the version that's underneath. Then we can add a layer mask and with layer mask we can determine where is this version used? That is the original colors and where is this version used? Which is the one that has decontaminate colors used and we do that with a mask here I have a mask so I can turn on and off. Teo see exactly where it was used, but I'll zoom out and just over late do you see those little areas where uh you don't see red that's where I chose to use the original colors within the image? The areas where you don't see this little gap is where I needed the decontaminate colors? Well, that tells me is that I probably needed in a very small area over on the left side. So what was the takeaway? There is far as how to do things well whenever used to contaminate colors, you always get the original setting there and then you have the version you just made take the original, put it on top and clip it to the version that used to contaminate colors then you can add a layer mask and control exactly where it's used in where it's not and that's something that is not uncommon. Yeah, we turn this off. So if you want to see where it was in this particular case, if I used the original colors everywhere meaning I just grabbed the layer that was underneath, which is original, put it on top and clip it. It would have looked like this. And if you look at the hair right here by the ear and right up in here, uh, it would that's it being used everywhere. Then I use a mask to say no. I want to use the part that used decontaminate colors in this area, but not anywhere else. Then I end up with that, see how that edge look better with decontaminate colors. But if I use decontaminate colors everywhere up at the top, it didn't look right. You see the pink stuff up at the top, so that is one fix, then another thing that I sometimes need to do is where we have these frizzy edges. I might need to fix them, and this would be similar to what we did on the previous picture of the same child, and that was rember the very top of the head I ended up having a layer and I ended up painting on it to just say let's, grab some color from the background and kind of put it in. Well, I have one of those in here, too. We turn it on, so you can see. Do you see the right and left side of the fuzzy part just above the head? How, before this look just too bright, and I know a little bit like it didn't match. And then this is after where just toned it down a little bit. And what that is is just some color from the background, uh, painted just over that a little bit to get it to blend in a little more.

Class Description

Complex textures can be a challenge for image editors – but they don’t need to be. Join Ben Willmore for a guide to working with furry, fuzzy, and hairy textures in Photoshop.

You’ll learn how to isolate complex objects from their backgrounds and tackle hair, fur, and other difficult image textures. You’ll also explore ways to refine your work to get professional-quality, sophisticated images every time.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2014.2.2



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