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Adobe Photoshop CS5 : Intermediate Selection Techniques (part 1) - Color Range Command

6/22/2013 7:25:28 PM
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Simply put, don’t stop now! Most Photoshop users develop an overdependence on the Magic Wand tool. While the basic selection techniques are important, they are not necessarily the best solution.

1. Color Range Command

If you liked the Magic Wand tool, then prepare to love the Color Range command. The Color Range command allows you to select a specified color within the document. You can then easily add to the selection to refine it. All of its speed and power is complemented by a very intuitive user interface.


Let’s experiment with the Color Range command:

1.
Open the file Ch05_Color_Range.tif .

2.
Choose Select > Color Range. Set the Fuzziness to 25 to start and deselect Localized Color Clusters.

3.
With the eyedropper, click the purple flowers. You’ll see an initial selection created in the dialog box. A black and white matte is shown to preview the selection. The white areas indicate the selection you are creating.

4.
Hold down the Shift key and click more of the flowers to build a larger selection.

5.
Adjust the Fuzziness slider to your preference.

6.
If too much of the image is selected, you can hold down the Option (Alt) key to subtract from the selection. You can also select the Localized Color Clusters option to require similar pixels to be closer together.

7.
When you’re satisfied, click OK.

8.
Soften the selection further by choosing Select > Feather and entering a value of 5 pixels.

9.
Let’s use the selection to make an isolated image adjustment. One way to do this nondestructively is with an adjustment layer. Choose Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation.

10.
Adjust the Hue slider to change the colors of the flowers (try a value of -25 to make the flowers bluer) and adjust the saturation to your preference.

11.
Click OK.

 
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