Color Range

A very powerful but overlooked tool can be found under the Select menu. Color Range makes it easy to select large areas of color (or color ranges). To begin, use the Eyedropper on the desired color or area. To add to the selection, use the Plus Eye-dropper; to subtract, the Minus Eyedropper. The Fuzziness control will soften your selection by increasing tolerance for stray pixels. It is also possible to preview the selection as a mask by using the Selection Preview pull-down menu. The Color Range command can also be accessed with the contextual menu when a selection tool is active.

Step 1. Open the file Ch04_Color_Range.tif from the chapter's folder on the DVD-ROM.

Step 2. Choose Select>Color Range to launch to launch the Color Range command.

Step 3. With the eyedropper, click on the blue sky. You'll see an initial selection created in the dialog window.

Step 4. Hold down the ^S key and click on more of the blue sky to build a larger selection.

Step 5. Adjust the Fuzziness slider to taste.

Step 6. If you have selected too much, you can hold down the (A ) key to subtract from the selection.

Step 7. When satisfied, click OK.

Step 8. Let's use the selection to make an isolated image adjustment. Choose Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Hue/ Saturation.

Step 9. Adjust the sliders to enhance the sky color Saturation: +20, and Lighten: +10.

Step 10. Click OK.

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