Tweak Your Colors With Photoshop’s Selective Color Command


In this post, I want to highlight a technique to selectively adjust color in your images. There are many ways to do this. This technique does require using Photoshop CC or an earlier version of the program. Photoshop Elements does not have the command, Selective Color, that this technique uses.

I learned about this technique from a video tutorial by Blake Rudis of F.64 Academy. The link to the video is shown below. He also provides free Actions that automate using the technique on three different style of photos.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzdEfrmdMwc

In Photoshop Elements, the closest you can come to the Selective Color command, is using the Hue/Saturation command, and selecting individual color channels, rather than just using the Master Channel. But as Rudis points out in the video, this is not the same as the Selective Color approach.

Additionally, the technique can be used to provide subtle changes, as well as more pronounced changes to a photo, as is illustrated in the comparison below. It is normally applied after the primary adjustments to brightness, contrast, and color have been applied to the image.

Sel Color Before After

So, if you have Photoshop, give this technique a try, let me know what you think, and post a link to your image here.

Until next time…

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Real Easy Technique for Better Sunsets


On a recent cruise, I took dozens of sunsets. Most of them were not what I was looking for. I either ended up with a blown out sun, or the picture was too dark for my liking.

Today, I received an email from Steve Arnold of Post Processing Mastery that should a very easy technique to tone down an over exposed sun. Although he explains how to do it using Photoshop, it is well in the capabilities of Photoshop Elements.

Below shows the results I obtained on one of my sunset images.

Brush Sunset Tech

The Before is on the right, and the After is on the left. Some sunset images will respond better than others to this technique. And remember, you can tweak the result by adjusting the brush layer’s Opacity.

Here is the link to the video that explains the technique.

http://dons.creativetips.ppmastery.com/sunblur

Until next time.

 

PVNET Now Has Adobe Creative Suite


PVNET Annex

PVNET Annex

Yes, that is right. PVNET has just acquired the complete Creative Suite package. Check out their current class offerings. In fact, there is a new InDesign class starting this Tuesday. As many of you know I have taught several classes at PVNET over the years. The Photoshop and Lightroom classes I have taught in the past, required students to bring in their laptops with the software installed.

Now, they have both Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 on their desktop computers. This will open up these classes to those of you who have the programs on your desktops. Within the next few weeks, I will be posting when I will be teaching classes in these programs at PVNET. Remember, Photoshop is now only a subscription program, and you can get it and Lightroom 5 for only $10 a month. That is a fraction of what it cost you to buy these two programs previously.

Stay tuned for more details.

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Levels – Still a Valuable Photoshop Command


The Levels command has always been a primary command in both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Many new commands and methods for adjusting the exposure, contrast, and color of an image have been added over the years. As the article below from DPS demonstrates, Levels still serves as a quick way to adjust and correct your photos. It is generally my go-to command when I edit JPEG images.

http://digital-photography-school.com/using-levels-photoshop-image-correct-color-contrast/

Do you still use Levels?

Easy But Effective Way to Replace a Sky


If you have ever taken one of my Photoshop or Photoshop Elements classes, you know that I am a big fan of improving the skies or replacing them altogether if they are unfixable.

This YouTube video demonstrates one of the most effective and easiest ways to replace a sky that I have come across. It uses Photoshop in the video, but since Photoshop Elements includes the Refine Edge  Tool, the technique should work in it as well. I have not tried it yet.

Replace Sky

The video was produced by Anthony Morganti.

Loading and Installing the Output Module in Bridge CC


Those of you who have been using Bridge for some and recently upgraded to Bridge CC, may have noticed that the Output Module is no longer included.

Why is this important? The Output Module allows you to output PDF files and produce a Web Gallery. However you can manually install it.

First go to http://bit.ly/BridgeCCAOM.

Capitalization is important in the above link.This takes you to an Adobe webpage where you can download the appropriate file for your computer. This page also includes instructions on how to install the folder.  You will need to have administrative privileges to install the module.

Once it is installed, start Bridge. Running Bridge for the first time may require authenticating the installation.

To use the Output Module, click on its button in the upper right part of the screen. If you don’t see Output, click on the small down arrow to reveal it in the dropdown list.

Bridge Output Module