Adobe® Photoshop® Intensive

Lesson 33 of 68

Refine Edges Part 1

 

Adobe® Photoshop® Intensive

Lesson 33 of 68

Refine Edges Part 1

 

Lesson Info

Refine Edges Part 1

Let's take a peek at using the refined edge dialogue ok so this is the next thing we're gonna create right here so this girl right here that is dancing around on a fun happy disco background if we take a peek in our layers paint all you're going to see that she did not used to live on that disco for she actually was on a black back room okay, so we could use channels for this but it's all about options so we're going to take a look at yet another way the newest way to create really tough selections and that is by using the refined edge dialog box okay, so I'm going to go ahead and open up my dancing girl actually I'll open it both those images I stopped disco floor in the eye scott advancing girl so using channels to create tough selections has been the only way to get these tough selections for years aside from buying a third party plug in specifically for selecting crispy stuffed like karen for channels was the end of the line for a while there up until version cs four we had a filte...

r called the extract filter and that was also helpful for creating tough selections like this but with cs for adobe did away with that filter and now we have the refined edge dialog box which is arguably more powerful than anything we've had before for tough selections more powerful than channels it's all about knowing all of your options so one of them is going to work better on an image than another and there's no way to really know that unless you get into it okay, so what we're going to start out with here is we've seen the refinish dialogue before when we were fixing the animal white I so what we want to do is we want to start with a selection, okay? So what's the easiest way to get a selection of what we have here? Well, one of the easy ways is to use the quick selection tool and we're simply get a click and drag to paint the selection onto our girl and this is a good exercise in using this tool, you could select the black and then flip flop this election, but I'll go ahead and do it this way. I'll zoom in a little bit now remember when you're using this tool the size of the area that photoshopped grabs as a selection is proportionate to the size of the brush cursor, so if I want to select her arm I want to go down and brush size and I'm gonna paint across her arm and photoshopped did include this area in the crook of your arm I can delete that from the selection by putting the tool in subtract from selection mode by holding down the option or the all key on the pc and then just painting back over that area now I need to come down here and grab the other arm I've still got my really small brush tool so did a good job of selecting that area so basically you just want to start out with a rough selection and then we're going to use the refine edge dialogue to perfect it remember if you don't see the refine edge button in the options bar then either you don't have an active selection or marching answer on your screen or you don't have a selection toll active so you need those two things to be happening in order to see this button so we're going to go ahead and click the refined edge button and because we use this dialogue earlier and we set it tio the red overlay previ mode that's what you're seeing on the image so don't let it freak you out that it turned red the red is indicating the selected area I'll go ahead and zoom into my image a little bit more here so all of your resume in space bar tricks from moving around in the image still work even though you have this dialogue open the new thing and c s five is this smart radius okay, so this whole edge detection section does not live in cs four this is cs five on ly arguably worth the upgrade price this one button right here so what this is all about is that this smart radius edge detection section is your way of saying, hey, photo shop, yeah, I'm dealing with fern hair here, so if you would take another look at the areas, I'm about to point out to you, and if you would try to find two in your selection to get the wispy parts that's what you're asking it to do with this smart radius so your first step is to turn it on your next step is to tell it how far out from your rough selection do you want it to analyze? If you're dealing with wispy stuff, then you want to drag it up to at least around ten or so. This is pure experimentation. There are no magic members for this slider, it's going to vary on a per image basis, you just have to experiment with it. So I'm going to go ahead because I have done this one quite a few times and pump this up to about twelve, so basically I'm saying, yeah, look outside of my original selection about twelve and a half pixels and see if you can find anything else that you think needs to be selected, okay, since I'm using the red overlay it's very easy for me to see what is in my selection wasn't. And what isn't yet in my selection, anything that's red is included in the selection. Anything that is not read is not included in this election. Now I have to tell photo shop if you would if you don't mind, please take an even closer look at these areas I'm about to paint over, so when she turned on smart radius and you've pumped up the radius to an amount, you really can't be more specific the man. Now you're going to grab this little tool right here, it's a poppet mia needs got two tools hidden in it, so I'm going to click and hold down my mouse button, and I see that I have two tools. I have a refined radius tool, and I haven't erase refinements tool again could not be more cryptically named. We're going to use the refined radius tool to paint over the areas that need to be included in the selection, so we're going to use that told a paint over the wisps of hair that aren't yet read. If we happen to paint over something and photo shop includes it in selection and we don't want to include it in selection, then you can use this tool, tio delete it from the selection, ok, so you're going to be using this one the most the time, so let's, go ahead and click refined radius I was in back out now we're going to come over to my image and we're going to paint over all the areas that we want included and as soon as I released my mouse button, watch how that changes I'm even clicking and dragging in the hair because there are bits of the background in there and as I'm painting over that area photo shop is going to take a closer look at it lots of people shaking their heads in disbelief in the studio audience so that's your job is to keep clicking and dragging over all the wisps anything that you want photoshopped to take a closer look at and this is when that space bar trick really comes in handy for moving around within a zoomed in image okay, I'm even going to come down here in this area and I'm gonna paint back over that area and see a photo shop can take a closer look at that to zoom out a little bit, come down here a little bit bigger brush with my keyword shortcuts can you even believe what you're saying and remember anything that's red is going to be included in the selection some of the keep moving over now I'm working on the right hand side over here here we gov ok so let's call that good now what we can do is if you think your edges might not be smooth you can increase this slider if you wanted a feather dish for some reason you could increase that slider if you're unable to make photo shop grabbed the things that you want, including the selection you can tell it tio hey really increase the contrast of that selection is so look for areas of more contrast and the same thing with the shift edge like we use on the animal wide eye, you can increase the size of your selection or decrease it down under output decontaminate colors will try to get rid of any of loitering black pixels and last but not least before we take a much needed break, we're going to tell a photo shop what we would like to do with our new selection and you have a pop it many that says I can send it to a new layer I consented to a new layer with a mask I consented to a new document or a new document with a mask, so I'm gonna go ahead and choose new layer with mask and click ok and you're done now I still have a little bit of a problem here, but when we come back from break we're going to do it again and we're going to take a look at a few other options that we can use to try to get rid of the risk that black and then put it on our fancy disco background

Class Description

In this special photoshop tutorial, you'll dig into Adobe® Photoshop® CS5 with Lesa Snider, author of Photoshop® CS5: The Missing Manual. There is so much to cover in Adobe® Photoshop® CS5 that we need almost a week to cover everything. In this special 4-day workshop you'll dig into Adobe® Photoshop® CS5 with Lesa Snider, internationally acclaimed instructor and author. Lesa is informative yet entertaining with a unique way of explaining difficult concepts so you understand the "why" behind the "how". Get ready to spend a fun, high-energy week digging into the power of Photoshop.


Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CS 5.1

Lessons

  1. Introduction: Nitty Gritty Basics + Layers
  2. Workspace Overview
  3. Q&A: Workspace
  4. The Truth About Resolution and File Formats
  5. Changing Resolution Without Changing Quality
  6. Q&A: Resolution and File Formats
  7. Resizing with the Crop Tool
  8. Cropping with the Ruler Tool
  9. Resizing with Content-Aware Scale
  10. Resizing for Print/Web
  11. Layers and Layer Types
  12. Duplicating, Moving, and and Aligning Layers
  13. Q&A: Layers
  14. Creating Reflections
  15. Layer Alignment Tools
  16. Simple Slimming Technique (Resizing Layers)
  17. Colorizing a Black and White Image
  18. Creating a Solid Color Fade with Fill Layers
  19. Layer Masks: Hand Painted Image Collage
  20. Layer Masks: Gradient Mask Collage
  21. Layer Blend Mode Collage (Include Load Images as Stack)
  1. Using Selections Part 1
  2. Using Selections Part 2
  3. Q&A: Selection Tools
  4. Color Selections: Fixing Animal White Eyes
  5. Tightening Up Layer Masks
  6. Painting Selections with QuickMasks
  7. Using Vector Drawing Tools
  8. Vector Shapes: Creating an Oval Vignette
  9. Vector Shapes: Rounded Edges to Photo
  10. Use Channels to Create Selections
  11. Tough Selections Around Hair & Fur
  12. Refine Edges Part 1
  13. Refine Edges Part 2
  14. Creative Edges on Photos
  15. Embellishing with Vector Art
  16. Creative Vector Photo Frames
  17. Editing Smart Objects
  18. Smart Objects Template: Creating Dark Edge Vignette
  1. Smart Objects: Selective Blurring
  2. Smart Objects: Selective Sharpening
  3. Sharpening with the High Pass Filter
  4. Q&A: Sharpening
  5. Auto Color Adjustments
  6. Shadows and Highlights
  7. Using Levels
  8. When to Use Smart Objects
  9. Using Curves
  10. Lightening and Darkening with Blend Modes
  11. Enhancing Eyes and Teeth
  12. Changing Colors with Hue/Saturation
  13. Changing Colors by Hand Painting
  14. Faux Dodge/Burn: Reduce Wrinkle
  15. Color to Black and White
  1. Healing Brush
  2. Content Aware Fill
  3. Using Text in Photoshop
  4. Designing with Baseline Shift
  5. OpenType Fonts
  6. Placing Text Behind an Object
  7. Barely There Text: Faded and Hollow Text
  8. Pushing Photos Through Text
  9. Adding Texture to Your Text
  10. Convert Text to Paths
  11. Combine Images using Advanced Blending
  12. Realistic Photo Aging
  13. Faking HDR
  14. Wrapping Texture Around an Object

Reviews

a Creativelive Student
 

This is a fantastic course, and I'm so happy that I bought it. I am currently downloading so I may create DVDs for myself. Will you upload HD formats for Day 3 Eps 02 & 15 please? Thank you so much for this wonderful course!

Bern
 

Great class...Lesa great teacher, very talented. I have also purchased this course....what do I do next? Download or a DVD will be sent out? Please advise and again THANKS Creative Live for getting Lesa for your program.

Ilona Berzups
 

Outstanding course, articulated clearly and concisely with great step-by-step examples, easy to follow and apply