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Richard Harrington shows you how to use the color range command and how CS4 makes it even easier to make a localized selection.
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Hi! I am Rich Harrington and welcome to this edition of the Photoshop CS4 Sneak Peek Podcast. We are going to take a look today at one of my favorite features. The color range command has been part of Photoshop for a long time. But, with Photoshop CS4, it has an important new feature that makes it much more powerful. Over here is the color range command to make it easier to do some localized color correction. Go ahead and choose select color range. This command has been here for a while.
Now, I want to go ahead and select those cherries here and start to make a change. I can hold on the shift key and start to drag and you see that it picks up more of the image. That is great because it is doing what it is told to do except there is a problem. Notice up here in the upper left corner and in the bottom right corner that we have parts of the image being selected. In this image, the Color Range command is doing exactly what we told it to do. It is making a selection based on the red. That is very useful but it is also selecting some red pixels that are in the image that are at the top left corner and the lower right corner. We do not want those pixels for this adjustment. Yes, they are similar in color value but they are not part of the selection we want. Using Photoshop CS 3 or earlier, you got to go back after you made your initial selection and throw that part away. But, with Photoshop CS4, they added a great new feature. That is the localized color clusters.
Let us go ahead and Option click Reset here and make sure that the Localized Color Clusters Box is checked. I will take fuzziness down a bit and click to make an initial selection. You will see that parts of the cherry are selected, Holding on the shift key, I could start to click and drag through the image here to add more to the selection. If needed, tweak the fuzziness slider so it picks up a little bit more. Play with range as needed. We are doing pretty well here. I will click okay and you see an initial selection is made. I will go to Adjustments Panel and add a Few Saturation Adjustments, let us go ahead and pump up the saturation on those cherries and lighten them up just a little bit and tweak the hue. Great, this adjustment work really well. And you see, we combined the color range command with using two other options, the Adjustments Panel and right now, the musk’s panel. If you missed it, we covered both the Adjustment’s Panel and the Mask Panel in our earlier episodes. You can go back to cs4.com.csfour and check out those back episodes.
Now, let us see how we could refine this. I will switch over to the mask panel and I am just going to tweak the feather slider here just a little bit to get a slightly more believable edge and that works well. Let us go ahead and turn that adjustment layer off and on and you will see the original and the modified. Great, we are able to go after just the red and the cherries and get exactly the results that we wanted. Let us see the color range command one more time. I will switch over to this image here and choose select color range. With the Localized Color Clusters Box checked, we will click in the image and then hold on the shift key to drag. You see that it is isolating the adjustment. Without that box checked, more color gets picked up so this really does a good job of isolating the color and trying to keep it so it is really the closest values.
We then close, click okay and we have got a selection of the purple flowers, I will go to the Adjustments Panel and click on vibrance. Now, we can go ahead and pop that a little bit so the colors really get intense. Take saturation up a little bit, here is the original, here is the after, and you see we did a great job of just adjusting that color within the image. So, the select color range command is really useful especially when you combine it with the adjustments panel and the mask panel.
That is it for this episode. I hope you learned some of the new things that you could do with Photoshop CS 4. It is a very cool release with lots of great new features that really make it easier