Photoshop 101 Free Preview | Learning To Use Color Tutorial | PRO EDU

Photoshop 101 Free Preview | Learning To Use Color Tutorial | PRO EDU

August 20, 2019 1 By Peter Engel


(upbeat music) – We just finished talking
about other tools in Photoshop. Now I wanna show you
something that helps you really refine a selection based on colors. And this is gonna be
the color range feature. The color range feature
is really interesting because it’s a engine that Photoshop has that makes selections and picking colors and picking certain areas
of an image much easier. So say the pen tool, or
say a quick selection, or a mask itself is getting
hard to use in certain areas. The color range feature allows
you to do that really simply. Let’s get into Photoshop. And work on the same image
we did in the last section. We’ll go to select, color range. And when you have color range brought up you have to make sure that first and foremost you don’t
have your mask selected and the area that you
wanna select is visible. So ultimately, for this instance we have just a background layer and that’s all we really need. Once we have the background layer visible and that layer selected, we can then start using
the color range feature. By default you’ll see
the section on select called sampled colors. What that means is it wants your input on what you want to select. Once you’ve selected a color, say for example his blue shirt, it generates a preview
on the actual thumbnail. I can change the preview to replicate what’s happening on the image itself. It’s not gonna affect your image, so don’t worry, it’s just giving you a overall preview of
what’s being selected. So if I select the background or the rocks you can see that different tones are being selected across the image. And this is an example of what
your mask is gonna look like. So let’s say I want his shirt selected but it’s not selecting
every part of his shirt. You can increase the fuzziness range, which is a funny word for it. But it’s basically like tolerance. It gives you more of a selection
in this very similar area, which I think is really fascinating. And you can do the same
for any other area as well. So let’s say we have our sky selected. However, some bits of the face and the glasses are coming through. And that’s not a problem. As long as we have something to work with it gives us an opportunity
to refine that further. So I’m gonna hit okay. And you can see it makes
that marching ants again. So I’ll come back in the background and then use an adjustment layer. I’ll stick to curves,
because that seems to be something that gives you quick impact. And you can see our exposure being either blurring it out
or bringing back more detail. So let’s say I increase the
curve to add more exposure. What about those other parts that were selected in our image, how are they being affected? Well visually, you can see that it’s actually not being
impacted that much. So you can get away
with being not perfect. Although, if you wanted it to be perfect, the answer’s quite simple. We’ll option and click on the mask. We’ll zoom in. And since this is showing
through, a little bit of white, can either take our brush,
use black and fill it in. The best part is the fact that it makes really advanced selections quite simply. Doing this by hand would take forever. So aside from using your brush, like I mentioned before
in the previous section, we’ll go to our burn tool,
which is gonna darken. And we will darken our mask. And we’ll quickly just go over that. Make sure exposure’s a hundred percent. And go over it. The way this works is simple. Because most of these
areas are considered, approximately, are mid tones. You can see that the
range is set to mid tones so only those are being affected. Most of us who use this technique will go over an area a few
times til it goes away. If there’s an area that doesn’t go away, you can quickly just use your
paintbrush and fill those in.